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  • BS, California State University, Los Angeles, 2001
  • MD, Washington University, 2007
  • MSc, Oxford University, 2008
  • MSc, Oxford University, 2009


Dr. Leana Wen is an attending physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. 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 is the author of the best-selling book, When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests.

A noted physician, researcher, and patient advocate, Dr. Wen has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the Brookings Institution, and China Medical Board. She is a former 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 been featured in TIME, Newsweek, ABC, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, The New York Times, Washington Post, and the award-winning HBO documentary Reporter. She speaks around the world on patient empowerment, healthcare reform, and Who’s My Doctor, a new campaign she founded that aims for transparency in medicine.

Residency Training:
Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital

Special Interests:
Patient advocacy and engagement
Patient- and family-centered care

Narrative medicine
Social responsibility in medical education

Patient-provider communication
International health systems
Health care reform and policy


China Medical Board

American College of Emergency Medicine

Brigham & Women's Hospital

Partners Healthcare

Commission for 21st Century Leadership

Forum for International Health and Tropical Medicine

National Security Education Program

Arnold P. Gold Foundation                                  

National Institutes of Health

Howard and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Howard Hughes Medical Institute           



Rhodes Scholarship

David L. Boren National Security Education Program Fellowship                                                       

Davis-Putter Scholarship: National Award for Work in Peace and Justice                                              

Chinese American Physicians Society Scholarship: Highest Award                                                          

World Health Organization Global Health Fellowship                                                                                   

American Academy of Emergency Medicine: Resident of the Year

National Clinical Pathological Cases Competition: First Place, Resident Presenter                                 

The New York Times Win-a-Trip Journalism Competition                                                                 

Harrison Internal Medicine Award                                                                                                  

American Medical Association Foundation Scholarship                                                                     

 Dames Prize in Physiology                                                                                                          

Washington University’s Helen Glaser and Emily Smith Scholarships                                                 

National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship                                                           

CSULA Raul Henderson Eagle Pride Award in Service and Leadership

National Institutes of Health Fogarty Minority Research Training Fellowship                                        

 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Research Scholarship                                                            

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholarship                                                                     


Residency Health Policy Fellowship

Humanities in Medicine


Patient engagement in the era of healthcare reform. Research into patient- and family-centered care by understanding the patient experience (PI, George Washington University).

Ensuring social accountability in medical education. Co-director of new fellowship on social mission in medical education and new residency elective in health policy (George Washington University & Kaiser Permanente).

Ensuring right care and reducing unnecessary testing and treatment. Research projects (PI, George Washington University) and consulting (Right Care Alliance/Lown Institute).

Investigating people’s perception of healthcare (PI, George Washington University).

Who’s My Doctor? The Total Transparency Manifesto. How to reinforce trust and break down fear in medicine.

When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Prevent Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. My book about how you have to take control of your healthcare to make sure that your doctors listens to you and gives you the best care that you deserve. Follow my blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Centers and Institutes

Department of Emergency Medicine

Department of Health Policy

Community Service

Speaker at patient advocacy conferences

Founder of Who’s My Doctor, a campaign for transparency in medicine

Volunteer with Starfish GreatHearts Foundation, a nonprofit to assist orphaned children based in South Africa

Volunteer with National Stuttering Association to advise young people who stutter

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Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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