The Foundation celebrated one of the most successful evenings at the Doubles Club. Our gala this year centered around the remarkable achievements of a husband and wife duo: Penny and Jay Lieberman. Penny, has been an advocate for our mission for over a decade. She is a talented entrepreneuse and is the founder and CEO of several organizations devoted to creating and developing safe, creative and educational toys for children. Jay’s interest in the Foundation began when Penny told him about our work; he responded to us with a major three-year commitment from his Derfner Foundation.
Jay Lieberman formed the Derfner Foundation 25 years ago with his senior partner, Harold Derfner and Mr. Derfner’s wife, Helen. Jay told us that the mission of his foundation is simply to ensure that it would do all the good possible. A review of some of the major interests of the foundation reflects Jay’s dedication to first-class heath care and to providing opportunities for the best education possible for needy and talented children.
His funding has been essential in supporting the work of talented young investigators at Johns Hopkins. Derfner support also underwrote the production of our new textbook, which contains contributions from 50 of the world’s most accomplished scientists examining gender differences at the molecular level.
Penny and Jay’s efforts are carefully thought-out and well-placed. We are privileged to celebrate their achievements.
THE FOUNDATION FOR GENDER-SPECIFIC MEDICINE
ANNUAL GALA May 3, 2017. DOUBLES
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.