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Dr. Leana Wen

Physician, Award-Winning Author, International Speaker

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Dr. Leana Wen is a physician at Harvard and Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital and a former Rhodes Scholar. 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 has been featured in TIME, Newsweek, ABC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, and the award-winning HBO documentary, Reporter. A professional speaker for ten years, she is sought-after in the U.S. and around the world, with annual engagements throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa.After finishing college at the age of 18, Dr. Wen graduated from Washington University School of Medicine and won the Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. She received her residency training in emergency medicine at Harvard at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and has been a fellow and consultant to the World Health Organization, the Brookings Institution, Eurasia Group, and China Medical Board. Dr. Wen has served as the National President of the American Medical Student Association and the President of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident and Student Association. Recognized for her leadership in national and international health, she was selected as Chair of the Young Professionals Commission, a group of 25 young health professionals chosen from around the world to re-envision global health professional education. In 2007, she was also selected by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to represent physicians-in-training on the Council on Graduate Medical Education, an advisory commission to Congress. An active researcher in better ways to improve patient-physician communication, Dr. Wen has received grant support from the National Institutes of Health, the Beckman Foundation, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She has published in numerous scientific publications including The Lancet, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, and Annals of Emergency Medicine, and has served as a regular columnist for news outlets including The New Physician, Common Sense, and With journalist Nick Kristof, she wrote a blog for The New York Times, along with articles in The Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Worth magazine, and others. She is the co-author of a book on the importance of patient advocacy in healthcare reform, When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests.

Wen lives in Boston. Along with her husband Sebastian, a native of South Africa, she travels regularly between five continents to speak about simple yet effective ways for patients to take control of their health.

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When Doctors Don't Listen
How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests
Thomas Dunne Books

In this examination of the doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky argue that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is fast becoming a lost...


Why Don’t Doctors Listen? Dr. Wen talks about why today’s doctors don’t listen and what you can do about it.

10 Ways to Advocate for Better Healthcare Dr. Wen speaks about 10 simple and surprisingly effective ways for you to take control of your health.

Why Diagnosis is Key to Your Health In her book, When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, Dr. Wen writes about the key to transforming your healthcare: bring back the diagnosis. She will show you how you can get your doctor to listen, make sure you avoid misdiagnoses and unnecessary tests, and help your doctor help you feel better—every time.

10 Tips for Healthy Living Dr. Wen tailors this talk to every audience. Everyone from teens to women’s groups to senior groups can benefit from straightforward and easy-to-achieve wellness tips that you can implement today.

The Affordable Care Act and What It Means For Your Health Health reform is all the buzz, but what does it mean for you? Dr. Wen shows you what you need to do to make sure you get the best care possible for you and your loved ones.

Dos and Don’ts for Using the Internet for Medical Care Is the Internet a reliable way to get information about your health? Dr. Wen provides dos and don’ts for safely, effectively, and quickly using the Internet to improve your care.

10 Truths and Myths of Modern Healthcare Today’s news is filled with conflicting information about what to do with your health. Dr. Wen breaks it down and tells you about the 10 Truths and Myths, and what you can do today to improve your health.

Living with Chronic Disease: What You Need to Know to Get the Best Care from Your Doctor In this talk, Dr. Wen addresses the patient with chronic disease as well as the family member and caregiver. She provides everyday tips and discusses specific ways to improve interactions with your healthcare providers.

The Woman’s Guide to Healthy Living and Better Health Tailored to different groups of women, this talk provides practical suggestions that listeners can incorporate into their daily life to work towards healthy living and better health.

"My Body is . . ." Dr. Wen tailors this talk specifically to youth and women’s groups. Topics discussed include fostering a positive body image and connecting with your body.

Seize the World and Make It Yours! A talk to youth leaders about seizing opportunities and making a difference in the world around you.

Leadership Lessons from the E.R. Tailored to every group. Dr. Wen speaks about leadership lessons for youth, community groups, advocacy organizations, and corporate groups, inspired by real-life patient stories from the E.R.

The Future of Medical Education Dr. Wen speaks about medical education in the U.S. and internationally. Specific topics she can discuss include physician wellness, the training of doctors, and innovative approaches to educating future doctors.

Using Narrative to Improve Health and Transform Policy Dr. Wen talks to community, advocacy, and corporate groups about the importance of the story in improving your health and transforming policy. She also tailors this talk for both domestic and international health policy.



  • The Art of Patient Narrative – Dr. Leana Wen


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