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09 September 2021 - 09 September 2021

Fireside Chat with Leana Wen (Missouri & Merton 2007)

  • Zoom
  • 17:30 - 19:00 (UK time)
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Join Leana Wen (Missouri & Merton 2007), Sami Alahmadi (Saudi Arabia & Oriel 2020) and Kushal Kadakia (Texas & Lincoln 2019) as Leana discusses her new book Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health

Dr. Leana Wen (Missouri & Merton 2007) is an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University. Previously, she served as Baltimore's Health Commissioner. She’s a contributing columnist for the Washington Post and CNN medical analyst. Rhodes House is delighted to welcome her to discuss her new book: Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health.

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Sami Alahmadi (Saudi Arabia & Oriel 2020) was born in Saudi Arabia and grew up in Chicago. During his undergraduate career, he studied Biology and Spanish. In navigating his upbringing between Saudi Arabia and America, his love of language helped him find unity and connection among seemingly distinct cultures. Likewise, he spent several years working with Chicago’s diverse, vulnerable communities, including volunteering at a hospice unit, immigration centres, and mentoring at-risk youth. He has campaigned for and assisted in passing legislation to bridge social and health disparities for marginalized populations. Having seen the delicate interplay between often uncontrollable social factors and health outcomes, Sami is interested in the intersection of policy and medicine. He hopes to become a physician to tackle health inequalities at a systemic level for immigrant and minority communities.

Kushal Kadakia (Texas & Lincoln 2019) is currently a M.D. candidate at Harvard Medical School. He studied biology and public policy at Duke University, where he led a successful campaign to make Duke a smoke-free campus, served on the university's Board of Trustees, and was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar. At Oxford, Kushal pursued master's degrees in epidemiology and history, served as the Special Projects Manager to the CEO of Cleveland Clinic London, and staffed the National Academy of Medicine's reports on the COVID-19 pandemic. Passionate about health policy, his work experiences span both the public (CMS, FDA) and private (Blue Cross NC, Google Health) sectors, with writings published in both academic (NEJM, JAMA) and popular (HBR, NBC) outlets. Kushal aspires to a career at the intersection of clinical practice and public service.

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