The ravages of the covid pandemic caused the closing of New York City businesses in mid March. That decision saved countless lives, but impacted the funding of our Foundation along with all the other non profit institutions in the city. The response of our major supporters to the announcement that our annual gala, originally scheduled for May 14, had to be postponed to December was immediate, unsolicited , and incredibly generous. The following donors sent six figure gifts to the Foundation: they include Mr. Robert Birch, Mr. Thomas Secunda, Messrs Michael and Morton Derchin, and Mr. Jay Lieberman, chairman of the Derfner Foundation. As a result we are able to continue our support for young investigators at Johns Hopkins and Columbia; the names of our newest scholars and their videotaped interviews will appear on our website as they are announced.
Dr. Marianne Legato, Professor Emerita of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer, and specialist in gender-specific medicine. She is founding member of the International Society for Gender Medicine and also the founder and director of The Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University and its next iteration, The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine. These enterprises are the first collaborations between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender and sex. Her ground breaking textbook on Gender-and Sex Specific Medicine has been published in 2017 in the 3rd edition.
She has published extensively on Gender and Sex Specific Medicine, both scientifically and for the lay public. She is also the founding editor of the journal Gender Medicine, and the Journal Gender and Genome, published for the scientific community. In 1992, Dr. Legato won the American Heart Association’s Blakeslee Award for the best book written for the lay public on cardiovascular disease. She is a practicing internist in New York City and has been listed each year in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” since the feature’s inception in 1993.