Fired Planned Parenthood president to return to GW as Milken professor

Updated: Aug. 21, 2019 at 1:07 p.m.

A former professor of emergency medicine and research director in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will return to GW after an 10-month stint as Planned Parenthood president, according to a tweet sent Tuesday.

Leana Wen, who was removed from her position as Planned Parenthood president July 17, will serve as a distinguished fellow in the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Workforce Equity, a research institute that advocates for social justice in the health care industry, according to the tweet. Wen was hired as a visiting professor of health policy and management in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the tweet states.

“Honored to join exceptional colleagues to train future generations of public health leaders who are dedicated to achieving health equity and fighting for social justice,” Wen said in her tweet.

Wen alleged in a tweet in July that the Planned Parenthood Board of Directors terminated her employment during a secret meeting. She said the meeting took place amid “good faith” negotiations between herself and Planned Parenthood’s board regarding the two parties’ “philosophical differences” about the organization’s future.

This post has been updated to correct the following:
The headline previously stated that Wen would return to the medical school. She will teach in the Milken Institute School of Public Health. We regret this error.

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