Nanette K. Wenger, professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology for Emory University School of Medicine, and chief of cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital, has been elected as board chair for the Society for Women's Health Research. Dr. Wenger's two-year term begins in April, which will mark the conclusion of her two terms as the society's vice-chair. She has also served as chair of the nominating committee from April 2002 to April 2004.
The Society for Women's Health Research is the nation's only non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of all women through research, education and advocacy. Located in Washington, D.C., the Society was established in 1990, and has brought national attention to the need for the inclusion of women in major medical research studies and the need for more information about conditions affecting women differently from men. The organization advocates increased funding for research on women's health; encourages the study of sex differences that may affect the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease; promotes the inclusion of women in medical research studies; and informs women, providers, policy makers and media about contemporary women's health issues.
Dr. Wenger considers it an honor to serve as chair of such a distinguished organization.
"The study of sex-based differences in disease recognition and management and application of these findings in clinical practice is requisite to improve the health of women," she says.
Coronary heart disease in women is one of Dr. Wenger's major clinical and research interests. She chaired the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Conference on Cardiovascular Health and Disease in Women. Dr. Wenger also has expertise in cardiac rehabilitation, having served as chair of the World Health Organization Expert Committee on Rehabilitation for the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. In addition, Dr. Wenger has had a longstanding interest in geriatric cardiology, and is a Past President of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology and Editor of the American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.
Dr. Wenger has received numerous awards for her research work, including the Shining Star Award for her distinguished career in cardiology and women's health issues in 2000, and the Distinguished Fellow Award of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology in 2002. Most recently, in 2004, she received the Gold Heart Award of the American Heart Association.
Dr. Wenger has authored or co-authored more than 1,100 scientific and review articles and book chapters.