Dr. Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen appears in the following:

Young People Surprised By Risky Synthetic Drugs They Considered Safe

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Cities across the U.S. have seen surges in ER visits and hospitalizations tied to an evolving category of chemical substances, such as K2 or Spice. What can be done?


Triage And Treatment: Untold Health Stories From Baltimore's Unrest

Monday, May 04, 2015

Shuttered pharmacies and concerns about public safety in Baltimore contributed to health problems ranging from unfilled prescriptions to people delaying care for asthma and diabetes.


A Lifesaving Medicine That My Patient Didn't Get In Time

Friday, April 10, 2015

Drug overdoses — many from opioid painkillers — cause more deaths in the U.S. than car crashes, shootings or alcohol. But stigma keeps many addicts from an antidote that could quickly save them.


Why I Left The ER To Run Baltimore's Health Department

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dr. Leana Wen decided to leave frontline medical care to tend to the city of Baltimore's health needs. Geography and circumstance shouldn't determine someone's health destiny, she says.


Why The ER Doctor Asks Patients What's Happening At Home

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Some people would argue that the emergency room isn't the right place to deal with patients' personal problems. But the ills that lead people to seek care are often tied to their challenging lives.


What Should You Do If A Fly Gets Into Your Anti-Ebola Goggles?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Under ordinary circumstances, you'd swat that pesky fly. But the problems of daily life take on monumental scale in an Ebola treatment unit. Here's a guide to dilemmas and solutions.


When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Patients are more satisfied with their care when doctors share their medical notes. But letting patients see what doctors put in medical records has long been taboo. That's starting to change.


How to Get Better Health Care from Your Doctor

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Is diagnosis a lost art? Hear how to avoid dangerous tests, get the right diagnosis, and ask the important follow-up questions to avoid grave mistakes.

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Heart Of The Matter: Treating The Disease Instead Of The Person

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

When a man winds up in the hospital after a heart attack, he feels the doctors and nurses treated him poorly. But they have a completely different view. They see his case as a resounding success.


Doctors' Ignorance Stands In The Way Of Care For The Disabled

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Nearly 20 percent of Americans have physical or mental disabilities, yet only a small fraction of medical schools teach students how to talk with disabled patients about their needs.


When Facts Are Scarce, ER Doctor Turns Detective To Decide On Care

Saturday, March 08, 2014

After an ambulance brings a confused 73-year-old man to the emergency room, a doctor has to piece together his medical condition from a few tests and his unreliable answers to her questions.


When A Prescription For Pain Pills Becomes A Gateway To Addiction

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Every patient in pain wants relief from it. Often, people ask for narcotics by name: Percocet, Vicodin, oxycodone and Dilaudid. Why then did a construction worker with a painful back ...


Before The Prescription, Ask About Your Doctor's Finances

Saturday, December 14, 2013

At the dawn of managed care, worried patients wanted to know whether their doctors were getting paid more to do less. Now, as many doctors' salaries depend on how many procedures they...


When Doctors Don’t Listen

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dr. Leana Wen examines the doctor-patient relationship and argues that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, written with Joshua Kosowsky, uses real-life stories of bad diagnoses to show how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. They offer follow-up questions patients can incorporate into every visit to the doctor’s to get the best medical care.

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