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Dr. Leana Wen

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Leading Authority on Healthcare, Washington Post Columnist, CNN Medical Analyst, Physician, Professor & Author

Leading Authority on Healthcare, Washington Post Columnist, CNN Medical Analyst, Physician, Professor & Author

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Dr. Leana Wen Biography

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician, CNN medical analyst, and op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, where she writes a weekly column and anchors the Post newsletter, "The Checkup with Dr. Wen". She is also a professor of health policy and management at George Washington University, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and author of two books, "When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses" and "Unnecessary Tests and Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health."

Previously, she served as Baltimore's Health Commissioner, where she led the nation’s oldest continuously operating health department in the U.S. to fight the opioid epidemic, treat violence and racism as public health issues, and improve maternal and child health.

Dr. Wen obtained her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and studied health policy at the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She completed her residency training at Brigham & Women's Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Wen has received recognition as one of Governing's Public Officials of the Year, Modern Healthcare's Top 50 Physician-Executives, World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, and TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Dr. Wen lives with her husband and their two young children in Baltimore.

Dr. Leana Wen Speaking Topics

  • Lessons from COVID-19 and Implications for the Future of Healthcare

    CNN medical analyst Dr. Wen has been one of the nation’s leading experts during the COVID-19 pandemic, called upon for her expertise by Congress, state and local governments, businesses, schools/universities, and scientific organizations. She can speak to the learnings from COVID-19 and what it has revealed about the need to focus on social determinants of health, public health preparedness, and care for the most vulnerable. She can then look forward to the future. What are major trends in payment reform, health workforce, and medical technology, and how will they, in the recovery from the pandemic, shape the future of public policy and healthcare delivery?

  • Mental Health and Well-Being

    The stress that employees have endured during the pandemic will not vanish after the immediate crisis passes. Employees have been coping with isolation, dealing with loss, acting as caregivers, and struggling with childcare. Dr. Wen brings audiences a world of insights and understanding from her work as a practicing physician, former Health Commissioner of Baltimore, and chairwoman of a nonprofit addressing mental health and addiction. She shares personal experiences (including her own battle with postpartum depression and her experience as caregiver to her ailing mother), best practices on employee health and well-being, and strategies for developing resiliency. And she outlines for audiences a framework for incorporating mental and physical wellness practices into the office, home, and everyday life.

  • Reducing health disparities and striving for health equity

    Dr. Wen is a leading national expert on health disparities. During the COVID-19 crisis, she was asked to testify four times to the U.S. House of Representatives on the unequal impact of the pandemic on communities of color. While she served as Baltimore’s health commissioner, she reconfigured the agency to specifically focus on health equity and was among the first leaders to declare racism as a public health crisis. She can speak from the lens of current events on how COVID-19 has unmasked existing disparities and specifically focus on innovative solutions that reduce disparities and improve health in the short-term, as well as long-term efforts to address structural inequities. Here, she draws upon lessons in her new book, Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health, and gives specific examples of successful innovations that reduce disparities and improve equity.

  • Women in Leadership

    Women, and women leaders, face distinctive challenges in the workplace. Trained in trauma/ER medicine and having been one of many “firsts” as a woman of color, Dr. Wen speaks from first-hand experience and from her professional research about the challenges and opportunities for women in leadership. These include advice for women about the “double bind” and “glass cliff,” such as owning one’s authentic identity and negotiating societal expectations. Dr. Wen also gives talks in crisis leadership, innovative leadership, and overcoming adversity. These include lessons from innovative leadership locally and nationally, drawing upon her background convening unlikely stakeholders around shared goals; leading collective impact, public-private collaborations in public health; and getting to points of agreement in turbulent political environments.

Dr. Leana Wen Videos

  • Perspectives from the Frontline of the Fight for Public Health: Leana Wen
    Leana Wen likes to say: “Public health saved your life today. You just don’t know it.” Join the conversation as she describes her experience on...
  • U.S. News Live Presents: A Conversation With Dr. Leana Wen
    Join U.S. News Live for a conversation with Dr. Leana Wen, emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, about her...
  • P&P Live! Dr. Leana Wen | LIFELINES with Nicholas Kristof
    "Public health saved your life today--you just don't know it," is a phrase that Dr. Leana Wen likes to use. You don't know it because good public...

Dr. Leana Wen Books

  • Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health
    Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health
  • When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests
    When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests

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Dr. Leana Wen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Lessons from COVID-19 and Implications for the Future of Healthcare, Mental Health and Well-Being, Reducing health disparities and striving for health equity and Women in Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. Leana Wen for your event is available upon request. Dr. Leana Wen generally travels from Baltimore, MD, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Patrice A. Harris, Dr. Joel Selanikio, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, David Agus and Toby Cosgrove. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. Leana Wen for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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