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Video: Leana Wen discusses medical transparency at TEDMED 2014

“People understand health care to be the individual interaction between them and their doctors.” Physician and public health advocate Leana Wen discussed a highly controversial approach to medical transparency and full disclosure.

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Physician and public health advocate Leana Wen has traveled the world listening to patients’ stories. Born in Shanghai, she was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, a reporter with The New York Times’ Nick Kristof, and a fellow at the World Health Organization before assuming her current position as Director of Patient-Centered Care Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. Inspired by her mother’s long illness with cancer, she authored a book about empowering patients to avoid misdiagnoses and unnecessary tests. As an outspoken leader among a new generation of physicians, she served as President of the American Medical Student Association and as Chair of the International Young Professionals Commission. Her latest cause is Who’s My Doctor, a campaign for radical transparency in medicine.

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