Former medical school professor named director of Planned Parenthood

A former professor of emergency medicine and director of patient-centered care research at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences was named the new president of Planned Parenthood Wednesday.

Leana Wen, who left GW in 2014 to serve as Baltimore’s health commissioner, will replace Cecile Richards as head of the organization effective Nov. 12, HuffPost reported. Richards announced her resignation in January.

Wen resigned from her post as health commissioner Tuesday to take on the new role at Planned Parenthood, The Baltimore Sun reported. During her tenure in Baltimore, the city sued President Donald Trump’s administration for lowering funds to prevent teen pregnancy.

Wen, a Chinese immigrant, will be the sixth president of the nonprofit. Her appointment marks the first time in nearly five decades a doctor has led the organization, The New York Times reported.

“Along with Planned Parenthood’s 12 million supporters, Dr. Wen will lead the fight to protect access to reproductive health care,” the organization’s website states.

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