Nanette Wenger, renowned leader in heart health, honored with special tribute

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | May 18, 2016

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Nanette K. Wenger, pictured in the lobby of Grady Memorial Hospital

Nanette K. Wenger, MD, has been named one of the "Women Luminaries in Interventional Cardiology" by The Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, SCAI. She was honored earlier this month at SCAI’s 2016 Scientific Sessions, held in Orlando, Fla.

Wenger is a professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, and former chief of cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital.

For more than half a century, her pioneering clinical and research efforts have made her one of the world’s most respected experts on coronary heart disease in women.

"The queen of cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Wenger has spent the last six decades of her life dedicated to advancing cardiovascular health and the importance that gender plays in medical and revascularization therapies for our patients," said SCAI’s Women in Innovations Program Chair Roxana Mehran, MD, FSCAI, FACC.

SCAI promotes excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine through education and representation, and the advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care.

Wenger graduated from Harvard Medical School and received her medical and cardiology training at Mount Sinai Hospital before coming to Emory University School of Medicine and Grady Memorial Hospital in 1958.

In 1993, the New York native coauthored a landmark article in the New England Journal of Medicine that aggressively debunked the common belief that heart disease was a man’s disease.

Earlier that year, Wenger coauthored a scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, the first ever from the AHA on heart attacks in women. She helped write the 2011 Guidelines for Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Women and was honored in 2009 with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology.

Wenger serves on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals and is a sought-after lecturer for issues related to heart disease in women, heart disease in the elderly, cardiac rehabilitation, coronary prevention and contemporary cardiac care. She is listed in Best Doctors in America.