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Leana Wen

Leana Wen

Visiting Professor George Washington University


Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician, public health leader, and a passionate advocate for patient-centered healthcare reform. The author of the critically-acclaimed book, When Doctors Don’t Listen, her TED talk on transparency in medicine has been viewed over 2 million times.

Dr. Wen is currently a Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University School of Public Health, where she is also the Distinguished Fellow at the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity.

Previously, she was the Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, where she led the nation’s oldest continuously operating health department in the U.S. to fight the opioid epidemic, treat violence and racism as public health issues, and improve maternally and child health. She has also served as President and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America: as the first physician to lead Planned Parenthood in nearly 50 years, Dr. Wen worked to expand comprehensive healthcare for vulnerable women and families.

Dr. Wen earned her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and her master’s degrees at the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She completed her residency training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. The author of dozens of scientific articles, she has been an op-ed contributor for the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and Baltimore Sun, and is regularly featured on NPR, CNN, PBS, MBNC, ABC, and CBS.

Dr. Wen has received recognition as Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders and Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare; American Public Health Association’s highest award for local public health work; and Governing’s Public Officials of the Year. In 2019, she was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

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