Leana S. Wen, MD
Leana S. Wen, MD
Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department
Leana S. Wen, M.D. M.Sc. FAAEM
Commissioner of Health, Baltimore City
Dr. Leana Wen leads the oldest, continuously-operating health department in the U.S., founded in 1793, with 1,000 employees committed to improving well-being and combatting disparities through education, policy/advocacy, and service delivery. BCHD’s responsibilities include maternal and child health, school health, senior services, animal control, restaurant inspections, emergency preparedness, STI/HIV treatment, and acute and chronic disease prevention.
Under her direction, BCHD leads the country in health innovations including Don’t Die, an opioid overdose response program that USA Today calls the most aggressive in the country; B’More for Healthy Babies, a collective impact strategy resulting in a 38% reduction of infant mortality in just 7 years; Vision for Baltimore, an initiative to get every child glasses who needs them; Safe Streets, a program to engage returning citizens and hospitals in treating gun violence as a contagious disease; and Healthy Baltimore 2020, which enlists all sectors to achieve the ambitious goal of cutting disparities in half in ten years.
Dr. Wen is a board-certified emergency physician who received her medical training at Washington University School of Medicine and completed residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She was a Rhodes Scholar, a Clinical Fellow at Harvard, a consultant with the World Health Organization, and, until her appointment in Baltimore, a professor at George Washington University. The author of the book, When Doctors Don’t Listen, she has given six TEDx and TEDMED talks and published over 100 scientific articles.
Dr. Wen has received recognition as Daily Record’s 100 Most Influential Marylanders and Maryland’s Leading Women; Baltimore Business Journal’s “40 under 40”; Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch; and Modern Healthcare’s 12 Up-and-Comers. In 2016, she was honored to be the recipient of the American Public Health Association’s highest award for local public health work, the Milton and Ruth Roemer Award.
"I look forward to working with Mayor Pugh to protect health, eliminate disparities, and ensure the physical and emotional well-being of every Baltimorean."