Gloria E. Sarto, MD, PhD, professor emerita of obstetrics and gynecology and trailblazer in women’s health and health disparities research, has been inducted into the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters as a member of the 2016 class of fellows.

According to the Academy, the fellows program, “represents the highest level of recognition conferred by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Drawn from a pool of statewide nominees, Fellows are elected for their extraordinary levels of accomplishment in their fields as well as lifelong commitments to intellectual discourse and public service.”

Sarto's bio on the Academy’s website highlights the multiple ways in which she has championed women’s health throughout her career—as a physician, an educator, a leader, and a national voice of advocacy.

In a letter of nomination for the Academy Fellowship, Robert Golden, MD, Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, called Sarto, “an iconic leader in the field of women’s health,” whose legacy continues through her mentorship of students, researchers, clinicians, and junior faculty members. Vivian W. Pinn, MD, who served as the first full-time director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health, wrote that she had personally benefitted from Sarto’s, “expertise and unfailing energy in our pursuits to bring a change in the national consciousness about women’s health and research.” A third nominator, Florence Haseltine, PhD, MD, emerita scientist with the NIH, called Sarto a mentor and an inspiration.

In a press release announcing the 2016 fellows, Linda Ware, president of the Wisconsin Academy Board of Directors, refers to fellows as, “genuine treasures we have in this state—extraordinary people who show us the best of Wisconsin.” As her UW Department of Ob-Gyn colleagues know, this is an apt description of Dr. Sarto.

Wisconsin Academy fellows, members, and the general public are invited to meet and congratulate the 2016 fellows at an awards ceremony on Sunday, April 17, from 1:00–3:30 p.m. at the Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. Online registration for the 2016 Fellows Awards Ceremony opens February 10th, or attendees can reserve their seats by calling Wisconsin Academy development director Amanda Shilling at 608-263-1692 x16.

Congratulations to Dr. Sarto on this well-deserved honor.


Gloria Sarto, MD, PhD
Professor Emeritus

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