Dr. Gloria E. Sarto, MD, PhD. Photo by Mike DeVries, The Capital Times

Dr. Gloria Sarto has seen a lot of changes in women's health during her more than 50 years in the medical field — and she's been responsible for many of them. Sarto, 83, is an obstetrician-gynecologist and a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a Ph.D. in medical genetics. She has devoted her life to elevating the quality of health care for women and minorities.

Sarto had a central role in the creation of the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes for Health, was a trailblazer in encouraging the acceptance of Lamaze as part of the birthing process and made the first prenatal diagnosis in Wisconsin using amniocentisis. In November, the UW announced the creation of the Gloria E. Sarto Chair in Women's Health and Health Equity Research, an endowed chair to honor Sarto's legacy.

Although Sarto has seen and driven many changes in health care, she still sees a struggle to preserve the achievements made during the last half-century — and she says there's still a long way to go.

Continue reading Dr. Sarto's Q&A.

Dr. Laurel W Rice

Gloria E. Sarto, MD, PhD
Founder, Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research

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