JoAnn E. Manson

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JoAnn E. Manson
JoAnn E. Manson
Born 1953
Cleveland, Ohio
Residence Boston, Massachusetts
Alma mater Harvard College, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health
Scientific career
Fields Medicine, Epidemiology and Endocrinology
Institutions Harvard University

JoAnn Elisabeth Manson (born 1953) is a physician, best known for her public leadership and advocacy in the field of women's health. She is the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health at the Harvard Medical School, a professor of epidemiology in the Harvard School of Public Health, and chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital.[1] [2]


Early life[edit]

Manson was born in 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father was a NASA engineer, and her mother a medical social worker. In high school she showed interest in chemistry, as well as in artistic pursuits including painting, sculpture, and the harp.[3]


Manson is board certified in both internal medicine and the subspecialty of endocrinology and metabolism.[4] Her major research interests include preventive medicine and chronic disease epidemiology, particularly risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer in women.[5] She is principal investigator for several grants from the National Institutes of Health, including the Women's Health Initiative Vanguard Clinical Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Women's Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Trial, Biochemical and Genetic Risk Factors for CVD in Women, and the Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial, among others.[6] She is also principal investigator of the Boston site for the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study.[7] Manson is a member of many professional societies and serves on the editorial/medical advisory boards of several medical journals. Manson is also the principal investigator of the multi center COSMOS trial to study the effects of cocoa and multivitamin supplementation on cardiovascular disease and cancer.[8]

ScienceWatch ranked Manson as one of the most-cited researchers in clinical medicine during the decade between 1995 and 2005. Manson was the most-cited woman researcher on the list.[9]

In terms of translating medical information for the public, Manson is a contributing editor and health columnist for Glamour, for which she writes the monthly column: "Your Doctor Is In",[10] as well as a health columnist for Bottom Line/Women's Health healthletter,[11] a health expert for Everyday Health website,[6] and an expert video commentator for Medscape.[12]

She is also President of the North American Menopause Society in 2011-2012.[13]


Major interests include the role of vitamin D, omega-3s, and folate in the prevention of CVD, diabetes, and cancer, and assessment of endocrinologic predictors of breast cancer. In several large scale prospective cohort studies and randomized clinical trials, Manson has assessed the role of lifestyle factors and therapeutic interventions in the prevention of chronic disease in women. She has also been actively involved in studies of biomarker and genetic predictors of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Awards and recognition[edit]

She has received the "Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health" from the Massachusetts Medical Society in 2002,[14] the "Women in Science" Award from the American Medical Women's Association in 2003, election to membership in the Association of American Physicians in 2005, fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Harvard College "Women's Professional Achievement Award" in 2006,[15] the North American Menopause Society's "Postmenopausal Cardiovascular Health Research Award" in 2007, the International Menopause Society's "Henry Burger Research Prize" in 2008,[16] the American Heart Association's Population Research Prize in 2010,[17] election to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2011,[18] and the American Heart Association's Distinguished Scientist Award in 2011.[19] Manson was one of the physicians featured in the National Library of Medicine's exhibition, "History of American Women Physicians", in Bethesda, Maryland.[3] She is also recognized by Thomson Reuters as among the top 1% most cited scientists in the world.[20]


Journal Articles[edit]

Manson has authored or co-authored more than 600 peer-reviewed publications in the medical literature.[1]


  • The 30-Minute Fitness Solution : A Four-Step Plan For Women of All Ages. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press. 2001. ISBN 0-674-00479-5
  • Hot Flashes, Hormones, and Your Health. New York, McGraw-Hill. 2006. ISBN 0-07-146862-5
  • Healthy Women, Healthy Lives. New York, New York, Simon and Schuster. 2001. ISBN 0-684-85519-4
  • Prevention of Myocardial Infarction. New York, New York, Oxford University Press 1996. ISBN 0-19-508582-5 (Editor-in-Chief)
  • Clinical Trials in Heart Disease. Elsevier Saunders 2004. ISBN 0-7216-0408-0 (Editor)


  1. ^ a b Biographical sketch, Harvard Medical School.
  2. ^ Researchers and Staff, Brigham and Women's Hospital.
  3. ^ a b Changing the Face of Medicine, National Library of Medicine.
  4. ^ Who We Are Brigham and Women's Hospital.
  5. ^ JoAnn E. Manson, M.D. Time Magazine.
  6. ^ a b Expert Bio Dr. JoAnn Manson,
  7. ^ Principal Investigators Roster, The Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study KEEPS.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Doctors of the Decade, 1995-2005 ScienceWatch.
  10. ^ Your Doctor Is In, Glamour.
  11. ^ Meet Bottom Line Expert Dr. JoAnn Manson, Bottom Line/Women's Health.
  12. ^ Manson on Women's Health, Medscape.
  13. ^ NAMS Board of Trustees,
  14. ^ Three Physicians Honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Medical Society.
  15. ^ Manson, Schuker honored for leadership Archived 2009-11-21 at the Wayback Machine., Harvard Gazette Archives.
  16. ^ Award Winners at the 12th World Congress on the Menopause, International Menopause Society.
  17. ^ JoAnn Manson Bio, American Heart Association.
  18. ^ Three HSPH Faculty Members Elected Into Institute of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health.
  19. ^ Distinguished Scientist Awardees, American Heart Association.
  20. ^ Thomson Reuters - JoAnn Manson