50 Most Influential Clinical Executives - 2019
Dr. Leana Wen
President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
When she was named to the top spot at Planned Parenthood in September 2018, Wen became the first physician to lead the organization in nearly 50 years. She faces large political challenges, both at the state and federal levels. State lawmakers are enacting laws limiting or banning abortion services, largely with the goal of ultimately overturning Roe v. Wade. At the national level, the Trump administration has looked for ways to restrict funding for abortion services. Outside of that hot-button issue, Wen is pushing Planned Parenthood to expand such services as primary care, mental health and opioid treatment.