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Dr. Leana Wen

CNN Medical Analyst; ER Physician; Washington Post contributing columnist; Author

With great passion for her work as an emergency physician and one of the nation’s leading public health experts, Dr. Leana Wen gives audiences unique insights into the future of medicine and public health. Author of the widely praised When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests and forthcoming memoir Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health, Dr. Wen encourages a patient/doctor partnership that lets people take back control of their health care. 

Public health has saved your life — you just didn't know it. Dr. Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen brings audiences her unique insights on many aspects of healthcare, drawing from her extensive experience as an emergency physician and a leader in public health policy. Her contributions to healthcare have made her a sought-after on-air commentator for CNN and a frequent guest on National Public Radio. She is also a contributing columnist for The Washington Post, writing a weekly column on health policy and public health.

Dr. Wen shares her perspectives on public health policy from her time as 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 maternal and child health. She also speaks from her service as Director of Patient-Centered Care Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University.

Dr. Wen is the author of the critically acclaimed book, When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. Using real-life stories of cookbook-diagnoses-gone-bad, she illustrates how active patient participation can prevent mistakes. Dr. Wen empowers patients to engage with their doctors as partners in their diagnoses and take back control of their health care.

Her most recent book is Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health (July, 2021). This memoir is an insider's account of public health and its crucial role―from opioid addiction to global pandemic―and an inspiring story of her journey from struggling immigrant to being one of the leading public health experts in the United States.

A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Wen speaks knowledgeably about the exciting future of healthcare. She currently serves on the advisory boards of three health innovation companies and as an independent board director of a global biotech company.

She has received recognition as Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders and Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare, as well as American Public Health Association’s highest award for local public health work. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People.

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