Leana S. Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM
Leana S. Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM, is health commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department, overseeing more than 1,100 employees.
Before joining the Department in January 2015, Dr. Wen was an attending physician and director of Patient-Centered Care in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. As 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 for transparency in medicine.
Dr. Wen is the author of the book When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests and has given TED and TEDMED talks on patient-centered care, public health leadership and health care reform.
She has served as a consultant with the World Health Organization, the Brookings Institution and the China Medical Board. In 2005, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services chose her to represent physicians-in-training on the Council on Graduate Medical Education.
Dr. Wen has conducted public health and emergency systems research in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, South Africa, China, Singapore, Slovenia and Denmark. She has been published in numerous scientific publications, including The Lancet, JAMA, Health Affairs and British Medical Journal.