Dr. Marianne Legato WINS PROSE AWARD for “Gender in the Genomic Era”
Legato’s text book helping women receive accurate health care.
New York City: Dr. Marianne J. Legato, MD, PhD (hon c), FACP, an internationally renowned academic, physician, author, lecturer, and pioneer in the field of gender-specific medicine, recently won the PROSE Award in Clinical Medicine for the third edition of her book, “Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine, Gender in the Genomic Era. Third Edition” published by Elsevier.
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The PROSE awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in 58 categories. Judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals since 1976, the PROSE Awards are extraordinary for their breadth and depth.
Said Dr. Legato: “I am enormously proud to have received this award on behalf of our work on the biological differences between the sexes. Men and women have distinctly different bodies and often experience disease and its treatment in unique, sex-specific ways. The importance of assessing health and treating disease in both sexes cannot be underestimated. Distinctions like this award go a long way in alerting the medical community to the myriad of ways in which biological sex and gender impact our health.”
About Gender Specific Medicine: The American medical community and policy-makers realized that “protecting” women from the potential dangers of medical research was doing them a disservice. By the early 1990s, women began participating in direct clinical trials. While the scientific community initially resisted the change, the result was a discovery of differences in the physiology of women and men in normal health as well as in their response to the same diseases. The discoveries opened the gateway to a new science: gender-specific medicine. The evolution of gender-specific medicine is akin to the emergence of pediatrics, which evolved because of an increasing awareness of the fact that children were not simply small adults. Their physiology, diseases, and treatment are age specific.
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.