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The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation Recognizes Dr. Nanette Wenger with Alma Dea Morani Award

Phi Sigma Sigma, Inc. is pleased to share that Dr. Nanette Wenger, Alpha Chapter at Hunter College, was awarded the 2023 Alma Dea Morani, MD Renaissance Woman Award by the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation. The Alma Dea Morani, MD Renaissance Woman Award, the most prestigious form of recognition, is given annually to a woman who has left a significant mark on their respective medical field and pivotally advanced the future of healthcare. Specifically, this award honors an outstanding woman physician or scientist who has furthered the practice and understanding of medicine and made significant contributions outside of medicine.

“We are very proud to celebrate Nanette's accomplishments, contributions to the medical field and recognition as a pioneer and visionary in the field of cardiology,” said Tess Stovall, Grand Archon of Phi Sigma Sigma. “Nanette lives out our values daily and encourages women within medicine to 'aim high.' I am proud to call her a sister.”

Nanette is an expert in cardiac rehabilitation; her work has been instrumental in advancing the understanding of coronary heart disease in women. She is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is also a Consultant to the Emory Heart and Vascular Center, and a Founding Consultant at the Emory Women’s Heart Center. Additionally, she has chaired the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Conference on Cardiovascular Health and Disease in Women, the World Health Organization Expert Committee on Rehabilitation after Cardiovascular Disease, and co-chaired the Guideline Panel on Cardiac Rehabilitation for the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. She has served as President of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology, as well as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology for over 15 years. Throughout her career she has received numerous accolades and awards including: the American College of Cardiology Lifetime Achievement Award (2022); Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Heart Federation (2022); and the Gold Heart Award, the highest award of the American Heart Association (2004).


About Phi Sigma Sigma

Phi Sigma Sigma is an international philanthropic and social organization and the first non-sectarian fraternity for women. Founded in 1913 at Hunter College in New York City, Phi Sigma Sigma has over 70,000+ initiated members from almost one hundred collegiate chapters. Dedicated to the twin ideals of promoting the brotherhood of man and alleviation of the world's pain, Phi Sigma Sigma enhances members' personal development through lifelong learning, leadership and service opportunities. For more information, please visit

About The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation

The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation, formerly the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine, was founded 25 years ago with the strong belief that understanding our history plays a powerful role in shaping our future. The resolute stand women took to establish their place in these fields propels our vision forward. We serve as stewards to the stories from the past and take pride in sharing them with the women of today. Our mission is to preserve and promote the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences. Our history truly shapes our future.


Michelle Ardern, Executive Director | 410-799-1224


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