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Leana Wen

Leana Wen

Director, Patient-Centered Care Research
(Leave of Absence)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Office Phone: 202-741-2911
Email: Email
Department: Emergency Medicine


  • 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

Interest Section(s)

  • Health Policy


View publications by this faculty member from January 1, 2013 - present

Wen LS, Kosowsky JM. (2013) When Doctors Don’t Listen—How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Wen LS. “The Low-Tech Revolution to Health Care Reform.” Huffington Post. 22 July 2013.

Wen LS. The Card (Change of Shift). Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2013; in press.

Wen LS. Philadelphia Inquirer. (2013, April 29th). Treat Bomb Victims, Treat Thyself.

Wen LS. National Public Radio. (2013, April 25th). Boston ER Doctor Finds Marathon Memories Hard to Shake.

Wen LS. “What the U.S. Can Learn From China’s Health Care Reform.” Huffington Post. 14 March 2013.

Wen LS, Kosowsky, JM. CNN.com. When Doctors Don’t Listen. 16 January 2013.

Wen LS. On Preserving the Humanity of Our Patients and Fostering Our Own. Common Sense. 2013; 19(2):28.

Wen LS, Xun J, Steptoe AP, Sullivan AF, Walline JH, Yu XZ, Camargo CA Jr. Emergency Department Characteristics and Capabilities in Beijing. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2013; 44(6): 1174-9.

Wen LS, Baca J, O’Malley P, Bhatia K, Peak D, Takayesu JT. Implementation of Small Group Reflection Rounds at an Emergency Medicine Residency: A Pilot Study. CJEM. 2013; 15(3): 175-7.

Wen LS. “From Doctor-Centered to Patient-Centered Care.” Center for Advancing Health. 29 October 2012.

Wen LS, Kosowsky JK, Gurrola E, Camargo CA Jr. Provision of Diagnosis at Emergency Department Discharge: A Pilot Study. Emerg Med J. 2012; Oct 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Wen LS, Venkataraman A, Sullivan AF, Camargo CA Jr. National Inventory of Emergency Departments in Singapore. Int J Emerg Med. 2012; 5(1):38-45.

Wen LS, Anderson PD, Stagelund S, Sullivan AF, Camargo CA Jr. National Survey of Emergency Departments in Denmark. European Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2012; Jun 2. [Epub ahead of print]

Wen LS, Geduld HI, Nagurney JT, Wallis LA. Perceptions of Graduates from Africa’s First Emergency Medicine Training Program. CJEM. 2012; 14(2): 97-105.

Wen LS, Oshiomogho JI, Eluwa GI, Steptoe AP, Sullivan AF, Camargo CA Jr. Characteristics and Capabilities of Emergency Departments in Abuja, Nigeria. Emerg Med J. 2012; 29(10):798-801.

Wen LS, Nagurney JT, Geduld HI, Wen AP, Wallis LA. Procedure Competence Versus Number performed: a Survey of Graduate Emergency Specialists in a Developing Country. Emerg Med J. 2012; 29(10):822-5.

Wen LS. Another Day, Another Code, Another Thank you (Change of Shift). Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2012; 60(5):665.

Wen LS, Nobel JA. A Case of a Young girl with Fever and Seizure. Acad Emerg Med. 2011; 18(11):e86-92.

Wen LS. “Old” (Change of Shift). Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2011; 58(3):305-6.

Wen LS. In Remembrance. Acad Emerg Med. 2011; 18(3):331-2

Wen LS. The Perils of Algorithmic Medicine. Common Sense. 2011; 18(2):19

Wen LS, Geduld HI, Nagurney JT, Wallis LA. Africa’s first emergency medicine training program at the University of Cape Town/Stellenbosch University: history, progress, and lessons learned. Acad Emerg Med. 2011; 18(8):868-71.

Wen LS, Char DM. Existing Infrastructure for the Delivery of Emergency Care in Post-Conflict Rwanda: an Initial Descriptive Study. Af J Emerg Med. 2011; 18(8): 868-71.

Wen LS, Greysen SR, Keszthelyi D, Bracero J, de Ross PDG. Social accountability in health professional education. Lancet. 2011; 378(9807): e12-13.

Wen LS, Nobel JA. A Case of a Young girl with Fever and Seizure. Acad Emerg Med. 2011; 18(11):e86-92.

Wen LS. Phantom Leg Edema (Change of Shift). Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2010; 56(5): 580-1.

Wen LS. All Quiet on Cambridge Street (Change of Shift). Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2010; 56(2): 187

Wen LS. Red Sox Cap (Piece of My Mind). JAMA. 2010; 305(16): 1166-7.

Additional publications published before January 1, 2013 may be available within Himmelfarb Library's database.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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