C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center and the Irwin and Sheila Allen Chair in Women's Heart Research, emphasized the importance of women receiving endowed chairs.
"When an endowed chair holder is a woman, that achievement provides a strong voice at the leadership table when it comes to crafting health policy, establishing new treatment guidelines, pursuing critical research and creating gender-sensitive curricula in medical schools," said Bairey Merz.
In September 2021, Shufelt became president of the Board of Trustees of the North American Menopause Society, which serves medical professionals and the public. She also is an advisory board member of the European Menopause and Andropause Society and was the sole U.S. author for that society's Global Position Statement on menopause in the workplace.
Shufelt said the endowment will help her implement future innovative projects specific to women's heart health and how it affects the entire lifespan of women.
Endowed chairs enable Cedars-Sinai to attract and retain highly distinguished scholar-researcher-physicians. Thanks to generous philanthropic support, endowed chairs generate sustainable resources to support research and teaching efforts at
"This chair also represents a legacy of women supporting women," Shufelt said.