Our Team

Our world-class imperatives whereas stand-alone helping hands.

Marianne Legato

Founder and Director

Marianne J. Legato, MD, PhD (hon c), FACP, is an internationally renowned academic, physician, author, lecturer, and pioneer in the field of gender-specific medicine. She is a Professor Emerita of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Legato is also the Director of the Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine, which she founded in 2006 as a continuation of her work with The Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University. She received an honorary PhD from the University of Panama in 2015 for her work on the differences between men and women.

Wendy Dauber

Executive Director

Wendy Dauber, our Executive Director, graduated from CUNY Queens College, Magna Cum Laude, in 2003 and earned a degree in psychology. She has been an integral part of the Foundation’s development since she began with us in 2014.

Kirsten O. Healy

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Kirsten O. Healy is the Associate Medical Director of The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine. Dr. Healy has been a cardiologist at New York Cardiology Associates since 2010 and is an attending cardiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Christiana Killian

Development Director

Since Christiana took office as Development Director, the FGSM has tripled its operating budget and doubled its program offerings. She ran the FGSM’s sister organization, the Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University, while serving full-time as Director of Development for Intelligence Squared US. She has helped build support for foundations in Europe and the US such as the American Academy in Rome and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Hamza Shatela

Online Business Developer

Hamza Shatela is an online business developer and business management graduate with ten years of experience in the digital marketing field. As the founder of Slide Sigma, he has worked with a series of professionals from the medical, financial, nonprofit, and entertainment industries.

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