|Nanette K. 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 Gold Heart Award of the American Heart Association. The Gold Heart Award is given to select individuals who have rendered the most distinguished service in advancing the objectives of the American Heart Association and its programs. It is the highest award the American Heart Association gives to volunteers. Dr. Wenger received the award on Sunday, April 25, during the 2004 National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.
Dr. Wenger says the American Heart Association has been part of her professional life for nearly five decades. During medical school, she completed a one-month elective at the old American Heart Association office in New York City, reviewing data on rheumatic fever. Her first research grant as a faculty member at the Emory University School of Medicine was from the Georgia Affiliate of the American Heart Association.
"Over the years, it has been my privilege to serve as President of the Georgia Heart Association and on numerous committees and Expert Writing Groups for the American Heart Association," she says. " Of particular satisfaction to me is the American Heart Association's advocacy this year on the problem of heart disease in women, which has long been my clinical and research interest."
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 health. Dr. Wenger has volunteered with the American Heart Association since 1969, first as a member of the Council on Clinical Cardiology. She later served as a member of the Council on Thrombosis and the Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young's Rheumatic Fever and Endocarditis Committee. She chaired the Atherosclerosis Task Force, the Program Committee and the Section on Counseling for Hormone Replacement Therapy of the American Heart Association's Practice Guidelines Working Group.
Dr. Wenger has also chaired the Expert Science Panel of the AHA's Women's Campaign, and currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke. She has been a member of multiple AHA Writing Groups on Cardiovascular Disease in Women, including the most recent Prevention Guidelines for Women. Dr. Wenger has authored or co-authored more than 1,100 scientific and review articles and book chapters.