News Release: Emory Healthcare , Research , School of Medicine

Jul. 22,  2010

Legendary Emory Physician Named Georgia Woman of the Year

News Article ImageNanette K. Wenger, MD

The Georgia Commission on Women is honoring Nanette K. Wenger, MD, with its prestigious 2010 Georgia Woman of the Year Award. Wenger is a professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, and former chief of cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Wenger joins the ranks of other distinguished Georgia women including former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who was named the first Georgia Woman of the Year in 1996. Other honorees include Justice Leah Ward Sears, Cathy Cox, Marie Barnes, Shirley Franklin, Monica Kaufman Pearson, Sara Blakely, Rev. Joanna Adams and Ingrid Saunders Jones.

Wenger will receive the award at the Georgia Woman of the Year Committee, Inc.'s annual celebratory reception and dinner on Thursday, July 22.

For more than 50 years, Wenger's steadfast dedication to reducing women's disability and death from cardiovascular disease has made her one of the world's most respected experts on coronary heart disease in women.

One of Wenger's greatest professional and personal achievements was changing a major paradigm in cardiology: the assumption that heart disease affects only men. Today, as a result of her pioneering clinical and research efforts, it is known that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, accounting for approximately 40 percent of all female deaths - more mortality than all forms of cancers combined.

"I am fortunate to have been able to contribute to increasing awareness of heart disease as a major health problem for women," says Wenger. "This award is particularly cherished in that it incorporates Georgia, my adult home; the Emory University School of Medicine, my academic home; and Grady Memorial Hospital, where I care for patients, teach and train young physicians, and perform my research studies." A native of New York City and a graduate of Hunter College and the Harvard Medical School, Wenger received her medical and cardiology training at Mount Sinai Hospital before coming to Emory University School of Medicine and Grady Memorial Hospital in 1958. Since then she has been a trailblazer and icon in the field of cardiology as author and co-author of more than 1,400 scientific and review articles and book chapters. For more information on the award, visit www.gacommissiononwomen.org or call Georgia Commission on Women at 404-657-9260 or 770-832-7095. 

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