175 Makers of History: Nanette K. Wenger

Nanette K. Wenger 59MR
Chief of Cardiology, Grady Memorial Hospital

Nanette Wenger

More women in the United States die from heart disease than from any other cause. Nanette K. Wenger may not have been the first doctor to notice, but she was one of the first to talk about it.

In 1993, Wenger coauthored a landmark article in the New England Journal of Medicine that aggressively addressed the prejudice that heart disease was a man's disease. Research led by Wenger resulted in significant changes to the ways drugs and hormones for women are tested and prescribed.

In 2009, Wenger's fiftieth year at Emory, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology.