Mary Lynn Morgan Lecture, 1999
1999 Dr. Nanette Kass Wenger
Dr. Nanette Kass Wenger, chief of cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital, delivered the inaugural lecture for the Mary Lynn Morgan Annual Lectureship on Women in the Health Professions. She spoke on "Women's Health: Not Solely a Medical Issue" on October 7, 1999 in Emory's Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall. She is also director of the Cardiac Clinics, a professor of medicine in Emory School of Medicine's Division of Cardiology, and a consultant to the Emory Heart Center. Dr. Wenger is credited with dispelling the myth of heart disease as solely a man's illness.
Dr. Wenger—who was named the American Heart Association Physician of the Year in 1998—was among the first physician-scientists to speak out about the great underrepresentation of women subjects in medical research. She was the first president of the Georgia affiliate of the American Heart Association. Elected as a master of the American College of Physicians, her record of professional service and honor is unmatched. Currently, Dr. Wenger heads the Emory component of the Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement Study (HERS), a national study evaluating whether hormone-replacement therapy can prevent recurrent coronary episodes in women with heart disease after menopause. She is also one of the two coprincipal investigators leading the EVISTA trial, an international study testing-in some 10, 000 women, in twenty-five countries-the role of the osteoporosis drug Reloxifene in preventing coronary death and heart attack in postmenopausal women.
A graduate of Hunter College (summa cum laude) and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Wenger has authored and coauthored more than 900 scientific and review articles and book chapters. She is a recipient of the President's Women in Science Award of the American Medical Women's Association.
She has fought passionately for equal research among women and has achieved results. Since beginning her crusade, Congress has created the Office of Research in Women's Health as part of the National Institutes of Health and has passed legislation requiring that all government-funded studies of health problems common to both men and women study each gender equally.