Gloria Sarto Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
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The Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation (WWHF) recently honored Gloria Sarto, MD '58, PhD, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Sarto is also the co-director of the UW-Madison Center for Women's Health Research.
A clinician, researcher, administrator, national leader, mentor and overall champion of women's health, Sarto was recognized by the WWHF for her excellence in the area of general women's health.
She has been a trailblazer throughout her career.
Sarto was the first female obstetrics-gynecology resident at UW-Madison, and later the first to do amniocentesis with genetic testing, now a commonly performed procedure.
She was a founding member of the Society for Women's Health Research. The group has helped bring national attention to the fact that many diseases affect women differently than they affect men, and that women have been largely excluded from clinical trials.
Sarto was chief of clinical services at Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, then chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the School of Medicine and Public Health's Milwaukee Academic Campus.
Later she became chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico, the first female chair of an obstetrics-gynecology department at a major university.
She returned to UW-Madison in 1998 and became a professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She later helped found the Center for Women's Health Research.
In 2003, Sarto was elected president of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, the first woman president since its inception more than 100 years ago.
Sarto was the recipient of the 2001 Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association Citation Award.
This story appears in the spring 2010 issue of Quarterly.
Date Published: 05/12/2010