Nanette Wenger, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine, and chief of cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital, recently received the J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program award. The award honored Dr. Wenger for 47 years of excellence in teaching and dedication to internal medicine resident education at Emory University. Dr. Wenger received the honor last month during the Second Annual Hurst Residency Reunion.
Of all the awards Dr. Wenger has received during her illustrious medical career, she says she is especially proud of this award.
"It is spectacular to be honored for an activity that I cherish -- the teaching and training of young physicians," Dr. Wenger says.
Dr. Wenger's colleague at Grady, Donald Brady, MD, associate professor of medicine and assistant residency program director at the Emory University School of Medicine, applauded Dr. Wenger for her commitment to medical resident education. "This award recognizes Dr. Wenger for her long-time commitment to the residency training program," Dr. Brady says. "Dr. Wenger has mentored, exposed, and been a role model for thousands of residents who've come through Emory. She is professional, approachable, eloquent, and passionately believes in what she does. She's consistent and her work is important. We honor and thank her for all she does."
Dr. Wenger's 50-year career in medicine reflects her dedication to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke with special attention focused on women's cardiovascular health and heart disease in the elderly. She is one of the country's most-respected experts on coronary heart disease in women. A graduate of Hunter College (Summa Cum Laude) and the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Wenger received her medical and cardiology training at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She was the first woman president of the American Heart Association Georgia chapter and has served as vice present and executive committee member of the American Heart Association; Governor for Georgia, Secretary, and member of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology; a member of the U.S. FDA Cardiovascular-Renal Drugs Advisory Committee; president of the Scientific Council on the Rehabilitation of Cardiac Patients of the International Society and Federation of Cardiology; and president of the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association of North America.
Dr. Wenger received the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from Hunter College in 1993, the President's Woman in Science Award of the American Medical Women's Association in 1993, and the Physician of the Year Award of the American Heart Association in 1998. In 1999, Dr. Wenger received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Scientific Councils of the American Heart Association and the American Heart Association's Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award. In 2000, she was chosen by Atlanta Women in Law and Medicine to receive the Shining Star Award for her distinguished career in cardiology and women's health issues. Dr. Wenger also received the Elizabeth Blackwell Award, the highest award of the American Medical Women's Association.
Dr. Wenger has authored or co-authored more than 1,200 scientific and review articles and book chapters.