The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

October 20, 2005 12:29 ET

NAMS Presents 2005 Media Award to Dr. Marla Shapiro

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Presents 2005 Media Award to Dr. Marla Shapiro Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor CLEVELAND, OH--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 20, 2005) - The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) has announced that Marla Shapiro, MDCM, CCFP, MHSc, FRCP(C), FCFP, of Toronto, Canada, is the 2005 NAMS Media Award recipient. Dr. Shapiro appears on CTV Newsnet and Canada AM, and is a nationally syndicated health columnist for The Globe and Mail newspaper. This award recognizes a media professional whose body of work, through any consumer media outlet (print, television, radio, or Internet), has served to expand the knowledge and understanding of menopause.

Dr. Shapiro has more than a decade of health-related broadcasting experience, beginning at Toronto-based CityTV in 1993 as Medical Expert, and then at CityPulse and CP24 as a regular contributor. She joined Canada AM in 2000 and CTV Newsnet in 2001, where she addresses recent medical news during her weekly segments. In addition, Dr. Shapiro writes a column in The Globe and Mail and has a 30-minute health and lifestyle show on CTV, "Balance: Television for Living Well." These forums provide her with an opportunity to provide consumers with information and advice on a broad range of health topics, including menopause.

"As a physician, I have always believed in the role of education," Dr. Shapiro said. "As a journalist, both in television and in print, I simply have a larger audience I can teach. Evidence shows us that the media has the ability to reach a large audience of both physicians and patients. It is both an honor and a privilege to have the responsibility of reporting and informing the public of useable information. I am grateful to NAMS, not only for this recognition, but also of their support of physicians and consumers through the provision of evidence-based educational materials."

Dr. Shapiro is Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and has a full-time private practice. She earned her medical degree at McGill University in Montreal and Masters of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) and has earned a Fellowship in community medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCP). Dr. Shapiro has also earned the credential of NAMS Menopause Practitioner.

Dr. Shapiro has been a member of NAMS since 2001 and currently serves on the Society's Professional Education Committee.

"This award allows NAMS to recognize the significant contributions Dr. Shapiro has made to advancing women's health," said NAMS Executive Director Wulf H. Utian, MD, PhD. "We are honored to present this award to her." As the NAMS Media Award winner, Dr. Shapiro received $1,000 and a commemorative plaque.

NAMS is North America's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of women through an understanding of menopause. The Society's unique multidisciplinary membership of 2,000 experts from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, epidemiology, nutrition, education, and basic science - helping NAMS to be the preeminent resource on all aspects of menopause to healthcare providers and the public. (www.menopause.org)
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