Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University School of Public Health. She is also a contributing columnist for The Washington Post, writing on health policy and public health, and an on-air commentator for CNN as a medical analyst. As an expert in pandemic preparedness and response, she has been a frequent guest commentator on the covid-19 crisis for CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and National Public Radio.
Previously, Dr. Wen 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 maternal and child health. She has also served as Director of Patient-Centered Care Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University; as President of the Planned Parenthood, where she worked to reposition the organization as a mainstream healthcare entity that delivers comprehensive care for women and families; as and a consultant with the World Health Organization and China Medical Board.
Currently, she serves on the advisory Boards of three health innovation companies and on the Board of the Baltimore Community Foundation. She is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Distinguished Fellow at the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity. She was the Board Chair of Behavioral Health System Baltimore for four years and has served on more than ten nonprofit and advisory boards.
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 the dozens of scientific articles and the critically-acclaimed book, When Doctors Don’t Listen, she has given six TEDx and TEDMED talks.
She 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; Governing’s Public Officials of the Year; and World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. In 2019, Dr. Wen was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
When she is not working, she is spending time with her nearly three-year old son, Eli, and her newborn baby, Isabelle.