Planned Parenthood Names New President
Planned Parenthood has tapped Leana Wen to serve as its next President. She is the sixth person and only the second doctor to serve as President in the organization’s 102-year history. She takes the helm at a particularly turbulent time as Republicans are pushing to cut Planned Parenthood’s federal funding and critics of the organization are hoping to overturn Roe v. Wade. Wen currently serves as an emergency physician and Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore, where she leads the Baltimore City Health Department. Prior to that, she served as a consultant with the World Health Organization, Brookings Institution, and China Medical Board; an Advisor to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Lown Institute; and as National President of the American Medical Student Association and American Academy of Emergency Medicine-Resident & Student Association. Originally from China, Wen immigrated to the U.S. as a child shortly after the Tiananmen Square massacre. The University of Oxford graduate completed medical training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School. Wen has conducted international health systems research in Rwanda, Dominican Republic, Congo, Nigeria, South Africa, China, Singapore, Slovenia, and Denmark. She has published over 100 articles, including in The Lancet, JAMA, and Health Affairs, and is regularly featured on NPR, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today. More here.