Dr. Legato explains if in the future we will need doctors to specialize in gender specific medicine.
Every physician that has heard us lecture comes up and says, “Do you want a specialty, a sub-specialty in internal medicine of gender specific medicine?” and my answer is "No." It isn’t a sub-specialty. Every physician in every discipline should understand the impact of biological sex on how he or she diagnoses, prevents, and treats illness. Every physician should be versed in the differences between the sexes and in that sense every physician should be gender specific doctor.
About Dr. Legato:
Dr. Marianne J. Legato is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer and specialist in women's health. She is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Founder and Director of the Partnership for Women’s Health at Columbia University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Legato founded the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University in 1997. It is the first collaboration between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender. Dr. Legato has received many awards for her leadership role in women's health.
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