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WomenHeart is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Wenger Awards. Named after women heart disease pioneer Dr. Nanette Kass Wenger, the Wenger Award highlights excellence in women heart disease, including research, innovation, practice, advocacy and partnerships.

Each nomination should include:

  • Nominee’s name/organization and contact information
  • Brief description of why you believe this individual/organization deserves this award at this time
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae, if applicable  (a short bio will work as well)

Awards categories are as follows (subject to some modification based on who the nominees and awardees are):

Excellence in Communications/ Media: presented to an individual or organization who has reached a national audience with breakthrough messages about women and heart disease

Excellence in Medical Leadership/ Research: presented to a healthcare provider who has demonstrated a commitment to women and heart disease, and made a significant contribution to advancing research, innovation or clinical practice on their behalf

Excellence in Public Policy:  presented to an individual or organization who best focuses on improving public perceptions and policies that will educate women and reduce their heart disease risks and ensure access to care

Excellence in Community Outreach/ Advocacy: presented to an individual or organization who has demonstrated a commitment to advocate for or to educate women about heart disease, to improve their quality of care and has fully embraced their need for healing and empowerment

Submit nominations to mail@womenheart.org by April 7, 2021

2020 Wenger Awards Honorees

Nakela Cook, MD, MPH, FACC
Excellence in Public Service
Dr. Cook is the Executive Director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Prior to that, she was Chief of Staff and Senior Scientific Officer at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at NIH where she established several trans-Institute teams on women’s health, expanding efforts to address the critical research needs of women living with or at risk of heart disease.


Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA
Excellence in Medical Leadership
Dr. Gulati is the Division Chief of Cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a member of WomenHeart’s Scientific Advisory Council. She is a steadfast leader of patient education and empowerment as the Editor-in-Chief of CardioSmart and at the forefront of policy and practice within the field, having a significant impact on the diagnosis and treatment of women with heart disease.


Pramila Jayapal, U.S. House of Representatives
Excellence in Public Policy
Congresswoman Jayapal has been a member of Congress representing Seattle, WA since 2017. She is a fearless advocate for women’s health care and has worked to address health disparities through the introduction of bills such as the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act (H.R. 3131).


Filmmakers of Ms. Diagnosed
Excellence in Media
Tricia Regan, Director, Producer, Cinematographer
Jennifer Mieres, MD, Executive Producer
Stacey Rosen, M.D., Executive Producer
Lori Russo, Executive Producer
Ms. Diagnosed, a documentary about misdiagnosis of heart disease in women, uncovers the nearly lethal misdiagnosis of three women due to a health care system that often fails women patients. It is a call to empower and engage all of us to demand change to the medical system and to advocate for ourselves.



Preeclampsia Foundation
Excellence in Patient Advocacy
The Foundation works to improve diagnosis, management and prevention of preeclampsia through research and improved healthcare practices. The organization has helped increase patient education and awareness of preeclampsia and heart disease, enhanced legislation to ensure the inclusion of patients in research, and advanced research through the Preeclampsia Registry, with over 5,000 patients.

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