This year’s gala signified a special celebration because it marked the 22nd anniversary of the Foundation. Why this particular choice of a date to celebrate an anniversary? It’s because we finally persuaded the two men who helped us shape and establish the original program at Columbia to let us honor and thank them publicly: Doctor Myron Weisfeldt, who was the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the time and Craig Wynett, who was-and continues to be- in charge of innovation at Procter & Gamble. In an unforgettably exciting collaboration, we built the foundation for our work and celebrated its beginning in this very place, Doubles, on Valentine’s Day, 1997. Both men took a leap of faith in believing that studying the differences between the sexes would reap invaluable rewards. Indeed, the new discipline of gender-specific medicine is now a respected, internationally acknowledged discipline recognized by scholars at every leading university in the world. The success we’ve realized was beyond anything we imagined and the new insights we developed and disseminated have made crucially important improvements to the prevention, detection and treatment of disease in men and women.
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.