News Release| Early Entrance Program; Cal State L.A.

Note: A photo of Dr. Leana S. Wen available upon request.

Media Advisory: Wednesday, Mar. 6, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Rhodes Scholar, emergency physician returns to alma mater

Honors College to host CSULA alumna Leana S. Wen

Los Angeles, CA – Rhodes Scholar and emergency physician Leana S. Wen, M.D., will present her recently published book, When Doctors Don't Listen, How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, on Wednesday, Mar. 6, 3:15-4:15 p.m., in the Honors College Conference Room (King Hall D1047) at Cal State L.A. A book signing to follow the lecture.
 
A CSULA alumna, Dr. Wen will discuss her book and how patient empowerment can transform healthcare. The book has been endorsed by luminaries in health policy, including a Nobel Laureates and a Pulitzer-Prize winner, as well as cancer survivors Melissa Etheridge and Fran Drescher. Wen is currently a Harvard fellow and an emergency physician at Brigham & Women’s and Mass General Hospitals.
 
At 18, Wen graduated summa cum laude from Cal State L.A., earning a B.S. in biochemistry and garnering a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship. She was one of two students selected to accompany New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof on a journey to Africa in 2007.
 
From 2005 to 2006, she served as the national president of the American Medical Student Association. In 2006, she was selected as a Rhodes Scholar to study at the University of Oxford in England. Wen also served as a Global Health Fellow at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she researched trade policies and access to medicines. As a Department of Defense David L. Boren Fellow, she studied conflict and HIV in Kigali, Rwanda.
 
Wen is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
 
Sponsored by the Honors College at CSULA, the free public event is organized by the University’s Early Entrance Program. The program admits extraordinarily gifted youngsters, some as young as 11, directly into CSULA and provides them with monitored evaluation, counseling, and the opportunity to study with like-minded peers.
 
Seating is first-come, first-served. For event details, call (323) 343-5969.
 
 
Calendar listing:

What:  Rhodes Scholar and emergency physician Leana Wen, M.D., will present her recently published book, When Doctors Don't Listen, How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests.
 
When:  Wednesday, Mar. 6, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
 
Where:  Honors College Conference Room, King Hall D1047, on the Cal State L.A. campus.
 
Admission:  Free to the public.
 
Parking:  Public dispenser parking is available at the upper level of Parking Structure C. For campus map and directions, go to /univ/maps/cslamap.php.  
 
Details:  For more info, call (323) 343-5969 or email honorscollege@cslanet.calstatela.edu.

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