Dr. Leana Wen reflects on her memoir and the importance of public health

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Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her new memoir is "Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health."
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When she was still in training, Dr. Leana Wen led a student organization whose motto was, “It takes more than medical school to make a physician.” It also takes more than “M.D.” after your name to be the kind of courageous, unflagging, ethical public health leader that this country needs.

Wen’s memoir, "Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health,” shows why. She has lived the advice from a mentor and close friend: “Turn your pain into passion, your passion into purpose.”

Wen joined host Kerri Miller for a conversation about her memoir and how her personal story has shaped the public health leader she has become.

Guest:

  • Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency room doctor and professor of public health at George Washington University and a former health commissioner for the city of Baltimore.

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