Leana Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM
Baltimore City Health Commissioner
Baltimore City Health Department
Leana Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM will begin serving as the Baltimore City Health Commissioner January 15, 2015. Most recently, Dr. Wen has been an attending physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. As a professor of Emergency Medicine at the School of Medicine and of Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, she co-directed GW’s Residency Fellowship in Health Policy, co-led a new national collaboration on health policy and social mission with Kaiser Permanente, and served as founding director of Who’s My Doctor, a campaign calling for radical transparency in medicine.
Dr. Wen received her medical training from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wen was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and worked as a community organizer in L.A. and St. Louis. She has served as a consultant with the World Health Organization, Brookings Institution, and China Medical Board; an advisor to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Lown Institute; and as national president of the American Medical Student Association and American Academy of Emergency Medicine-
Resident & Student Association. In 2005, she was selected by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to represent physicians-in-training on the Council on Graduate Medical Education, an advisory commission to Congress. Dr. Wen is the author of the critically-acclaimed book: When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, Dr. Wen has given four popular TED and TEDMED talks on patient-centered care, public health leadership, and healthcare reform. Dr. Wen’s efforts in Baltimore have been highlighted by President Obama and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, among others, and she has testified before both the House and Senate on Baltimore City’s efforts to become a model for recovery nationally.