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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.
Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient advocacy and engagement
Patient- and family-centered care
Social responsibility in medical education
International health systems
Health care reform and policy
China Medical Board
American College of Emergency Medicine
Brigham & Women's Hospital
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
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
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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