Excellence in the area of General Women’s Health – Lifetime Achievement Award
Published: 5/1/2010

Gloria E. Sarto, MD, PhD
MADISON - Women nationwide owe Dr. Sarto a debt of gratitude. As the first female OB/GYN resident at the UW-Madison, she was the first to do amniocentesis with genetic testing, now a commonly performed procedure.

Dr. Sarto has championed the health of women in innumerable ways. She practiced “patient-centered” care before there was even a word for it. She was one of the founding members of the Society for Women’s Health Research. In 1989, this Society convinced the Congressional caucus on Women’s Issues to instruct the Government Accounting Office to have the National Institutes of Health (NIH) review its funding for clinical research by gender. The resulting report found that only 9% of the budget for clinical research was set aside to study diseases unique to, or more common in, women. This report eventually resulted in the formation of the Office of Research on Women’s Health which was established in the NIH Congressional mandate.

In 2003, Dr. Sarto was elected the President of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, the most prestigious national research organization in its field. She was the first woman president since its inception over 100 years ago.

As a physician, department chair, national researcher, mentor, and national voice for women’s health, we’re honored to present Dr. Gloria Sarto with the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for excellence in the area of general women’s health.