Nanette K. Wenger, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine and chief of cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital, is the recipient of the 2005 Atlanta Business Chronicle Health-Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, presented to Dr. Wenger earlier this month at the Intercontinental Hotel in Atlanta, recognizes a lifetime of work in the area of cardiac disease in women.
Dr. Wenger's illustrious 50-year career reflects her dedication to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. With special attention focused on women's health, she has helped bring attention to what was once considered a "man's disease."
Dr. Wenger has been described as an "Icon who thrives on training the next generation of cardiac specialists." She came to Grady Hospital in 1958, and says she is forever grateful for the award.
"I have thank yous to my family, colleagues at Emory and Grady, and thank yous to our patients," she said during the ceremony. "By letting us serve them, the patients have taught us so much."
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. She also holds the esteemed title of first female president of the American Heart Association Georgia chapter and has served as vice present and executive committee member of the American Heart Association.
A native of New York City and graduate of Hunter College and the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Wenger received her medical and cardiology training at Mount Sinai Hospital before coming to Grady Hospital. Among her numerous awards and committee appointments, Dr. Wenger was recently elected as board chair for the Society for Women's Health Research, the nation's only non-profit organization devoted to improving the health of all women through research, education, and advocacy.
Dr. Wenger has authored or co-authored more than 1,100 scientific and review articles and book chapters.
Leon Haley, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory, and chief of service of Emergency Medicine at Grady Hospital, received the Physician Hero award.
Kenneth Gow, MD, assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine, and pediatric general surgeon with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, received the award for innovation.