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

Dr. 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.”

Dr. 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.


  • 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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