Nanette Wenger: History of Cardiology at Emory and Grady

Nanette Wenger

Nanette Wenger, MD

Nanette Wenger calls the early years of her time at Emory and Grady the “Golden Years of Cardiology.” So much was happening, she describes it as “an explosion of information and an explosion of patient care.”

Dr. Wenger saw several major improvements in cardiac care during her first years at Emory, including: the beginning of Emory’s coronary care unit and cardiac catheterizations; diagnostic procedures; and cardiovascular surgery at both Emory and Grady. According to Dr. Wenger, it was her “chance to take the physiology I learned in my training and see it play out at the bedside.”

Learn more about the history of cardiology at Emory and Grady from our short history video.


About Nanette Wenger, MD, MACC, MACP, FAHA

Dr. Wenger is an emeritus professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine and a consultant to the Emory Heart and Vascular Center.

Coronary heart disease in women is one of Dr. Wenger’s major clinical and research interests. She chaired the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Conference on Cardiovascular Health and Disease in Women. Dr. Wenger is a renowned expert in cardiac rehabilitation. She chaired the World Health Organization’s 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 had a longstanding interest in geriatric cardiology, is a past president of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology, and was editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology for more than 15 years. Learn more about Dr. Wenger

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