Leana S. Wen
Leana S. Wen
Commissioner of Health, City of Baltimore

Cal State LA​

Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry (2001)
  • Leana Wen has been named president of Planned Parenthood, one of the nation’s largest providers of health care and reproductive services to low-income women.
  • As Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore, the oldest health department in the United States, she oversaw $130 million annual budget and 1,000 employees. She issued a blanket prescription for naloxone (an opioid antidote) for all Baltimore residents, and is credited with saving over 800 lives since 2015.
  • Co-directed George Washington University’s Residency Fellowship in Health Policy and co-led a national collaboration on health policy and social mission with Kaiser Permanente. In 2005, she was appointed the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services to serve on the Council on Graduate Medical Education, an advisory commission to Congress.
  • Recipient of the 2016 Milton and Ruth Roemer Award by the American Public Health Association and Chair of the Young Professionals Council, a global leadership network of medical, nursing, and public health professionals. She has also been a Visiting Professor for Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • Author of the critically-acclaimed book When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, presenter of TED and TEDMED talks, and regularly featured on National Public Radio, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and Academy of Medicine.
  • One of Modern Healthcare’s "12 Up-and-Comers" in 2016, The Baltimore Sun’s "25 Women to Watch" in 2016, Baltimore Business Journal's "40 under 40," in 2015, Maryland American College of Emergency Physicians' Public Servant of the Year, and a nominee of The Baltimore Sun's "Marylander of the Year 2017" award.

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