Integrating clinical excellence with health equity at Walgreens & driving urban innovation at the Lindy Institute. Featuring Dr. Priya Mammen, MD, MPH

Emergency room physician and public health leader Dr. Priya Mammen, MD, MPH, still misses her acute care patients, but building on her clinical experiences has enabled her to find ways to advance both urban innovation and health equity.

In this interview, recorded at the annual Movement is Life caucus, episode host Dr. Charla Johnson invites Dr. Mammen to talk about her work with the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, her role as Senior Medical Director, Office of Clinical Integrity at Walgreens, and as adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mammen also discusses some of the themes from her presentation at the caucus, Walgreens: Advancing Health Equity with Community Engagement.


Dr. Priya Mammen, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Director, Office of Clinical Integrity, Walgreens,
Emergency Physician,
Public Health Specialist,
Adjunct Faculty, University of Pennsylvania,
Fellow at Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation

Hosted by:

Dr. Charla Johnson, DNP, RN-BC, ONC
Movement is Life Steering Committee,
Immediate Past President, National Association of Orthopedic Nurses,
System Director, Nursing Informatics
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

Production:  Rolf Taylor, Project Advocacy

All opinions expressed are the participants own.

Copyright © Movement is Life 2023. 

Selected Excerpts

“It is not only my profound responsibility, but it is a deep, deep honor to take forward the stories and the voices of patients that have taught me for my entire career.”

“I miss my patients and I miss touching people. There is that tactile component that I did not realize I would miss. Apparently, I am always checking my husband’s pulse!”

“The populations who are marginalized and disenfranchised often get missed if you look at the health system as a whole.”

“Cities are engines of innovation, a group of people who have chosen or remain in a finite community. We learn how to coexist. Everything we do is intertwined with the rest of the city. Cities can answer their problems if you bring their leaders, their champions, and the voices of all the cities communities together.”

“Emergency medicine is the only part of the US health system that is user-triggered, and as Prof. McClellan pointed out, the only truly equitable part of the US health system is EMTALA (The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act). What becomes grueling is to try and help in situations where you need to move people beyond the emergency room.”