July 19, 2021
Dr. Wulf H Utian , Professor Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, is being honored by the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Institute for Women’s Health and the Journal of Women’s Health at the current Health of Women 2021 Annual Meeting, with the prestigious Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health and an invited lecture entitled: “The History of Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Have We Delivered What We Promised?”
Bernadine Healy is remembered as an advocate for women’s health, particularly in her roles with the American Red Cross and the National Institutes of Health.
In a professional career spanning 6 decades Wulf Utian’s accomplishments have impacted the health and quality of life of millions of women throughout the world. Recognized as a pioneer in women’s health, he was one of the first to draw attention to the risks of teenage pregnancy. His research into the cause of death in illegal abortion led to changes in clinical practice that have saved innumerable lives. He was co-Founder of the South African Inherited Disorders Association.
Significantly he was first to identify the menopause as an integral component of the psychological and physical health of women, and its pivotal role for preventive health care. In 1967 he founded the world’s first menopause research center. In 1978 he co-founded the International Menopause Society (IMS), today an organization with thousands of members worldwide. Between 1978 and 1988 he helped initiate National Menopause Societies in over 30 countries, traveling and lecturing in all. In 1989 he founded the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), an organization that has thousands of members in all areas of the health sciences with an intellectual interest in the menopause. NAMS is recognized nationally and internationally as the organization responsible for setting standards of practice, identifying research needs, and promoting scientific and general population education standards. He is Founding Co-Editor of Maturitas, and Menopause, An innovator in bone density testing, he brought the first bone densitometry systems to Ohio. In 1994 he founded the Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies (CAMS), now an organization with over 50 member countries.
A pioneer in infertility management and in-vitro fertilization, he initiated the program at the Mt Sinai Medical Center of Cleveland in 1980, and then at University Hospitals, and led the team to achieve the world’s first surrogate-IVF pregnancy.
Wulf Utian and his wife Moira, residents of Beachwood, Ohio, also spend several months of the year in Cape Town, South Africa.