Marianne J. Legato

Title: Emerita Professor of Clinical Medicine
Company: Columbia University
Location: New York, New York, United States

Marianne J. Legato, MD, PhD, Emerita Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in women’s health and medicine.

Having accrued more than 50 years of professional expertise in her field, Dr. Legato was bestowed with the title of an emerita professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University in 2020, having begun her teaching ventures at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1968. She has also taught as an adjunct professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University since 2006. Throughout the course of her career, Dr. Legato has also served in numerous attending physicians role in New York City, including NewYork-Presbyterian, Mount Sinai Morningside, Lenox Hill Hospital and more. Notably, in 2006, the Marianne J. Legato, M.D. Gender-Specific Medicine Award was established by the Meredith Publishing Company in her honor.

Dr. Legato received a Bachelor of Arts in theology and philosophy from Manhattanville College of the Scared Heart, now known as Manhattanville College, in 1956. Drawing inspiration from the example of her father, who was a physician, she went on to attain a Doctor of Medicine from the New York University School of Medicine in 1962, completing an internship and junior assistant residency in the first medical division of Bellevue Hospital and Columbia University by 1964. Dr. Legato went on to complete a senior assistant residency at what is now known as NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital by 1965, as well as a visiting fellowship at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons through 1968. She attained an honorary Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Panama in 2015.

The pinnacle of Dr. Legato’s career came shortly after discovering the differences in the experience of coronary arterial disease between men and women. She was struck by the difference in the normal function and the experience of disease between men and women’s hearts early on in her career, which inspired her to ask whether there were similar differences in other organs of the body. Dr. Legato later established the Partnership for Women’s Health at Columbia in 1997, in conjunction with the Proctor and Gamble company, as well as the Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine in 2008.

Finding great success throughout the course of her career, Dr. Legato has been honored with numerous accolades, including the PROSE Award for the Category of Biomedicine, “The Plasticity of Sex: The Molecular Biology and Clinical Features of Genomic Sex, Gender Identity and Sexual Behavior” in 2021. Named to 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews from 2016 to 2020, she also received the DifferenceMaker100 Award from TIAA-CREF in 2018, among many others. To attest to her exceptional legacy, Dr. Legato can also be found in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.

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