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Leana Wen, M.D.
Health Commissioner of Baltimore City; Emergency Physician
Leana Wen, M.D., is the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. An emergency physician, she was previously a professor of emergency medicine and health policy at the George Washington University, where she served as the Director of Patient-Centered Care Research at George Washington University. She is a Rhodes Scholar and received her training at the University of Oxford and Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. She has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, Brookings Institution, China Medical Board, and the National Institutes of Health.
Inspired by her own childhood illness and then her mother's long battle with cancer, Dr. Wen is passionate about guiding patients to advocate for better care. She has been featured in TIME, Newsweek, ABC News, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The New York Times, Washington Post, and the award-winning HBO documentary Reporter. Dr. Wen speaks regularly across the U.S. and internationally on public health innovation, patient-physician communication, healthcare reform, and her best-selling book, When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests (St. Martin's Press). Follow @DrLeanaWen.