Massachusetts Medical Society: JoAnn E. Manson, M.D. is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its Women’s Health Research Award

JoAnn E. Manson, M.D. is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its Women’s Health Research Award


Waltham, Mass. – March 10th – JoAnn E. Manson, M.D., Dr.PH, Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2017 recipient of the Women’s Health Research Award, an honor recognizing a physician for outstanding contributions that advance women’s health research in Massachusetts.  She will receive the award at the medical society’s Women’s Health Forum on April 21 in Waltham.  

In nominating her for the award, her colleagues noted Dr. Manson’s ground-breaking research that has made enormous contributions to women’s health” in the areas of hormone therapy for menopausal women, nutrition, and the prevention of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. 

Among a number of administrative leadership positions, Dr. Manson is also the Co-Director (and interim Executive Director) of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School, and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She is the principal investigator for the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL), the Women’s Health Initiative Clinical Center in Boston, and a number of other studies directed at women’s health, as well as the author of more than 1,000 scientific publications.

Dr. Manson is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Epidemiology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, and was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) and the Association of American Physicians.  

The recipient of numerous honors, Dr. Manson has received the American Medical Women’s Association’s Woman in Science Award, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association (AHA), the AHA Population Research Award, the Alumni Award of Merit from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and the Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health from the Women’s Health Congress.  She was previously honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with the Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health. 

Dr. Manson received her A.B. from Harvard University and her M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  She also earned an M.P.H. and doctorate degree, both concentrating in epidemiology, from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She resides in Beverly.

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