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May 23, 2003


Emory University School Of Medicine Chooses New Chair Of Gynecology and Obstetrics

ATLANTA—Emory University School of Medicine Dean Thomas J. Lawley has announced the appointment of Sarah L. Berga, MD as chair and James Robert McCord Professor of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Dr. Berga comes to Emory from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she was professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She had a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Berga also was director of the Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology and was a senior scientist with Magee-Women’s Research Institute. In addition, she was medical director of the Magee-Women’s Clinical Research Center and associate program director of the General Clinical Research Center for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Berga directed the fellowship program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Pittsburgh. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

Dr. Berga conducts research focused on understanding the impact of psychological and metabolic stresses on the reproductive system and as a cause of infertility, as well as on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

"Dr. Berga brings considerable strengths to Emory in the clinical practice of gynecology and obstetrics, in the administration of major clinical research programs and in the direction of training programs in reproductive endocrinology," said Dean Lawley. "We look forward to an exciting new era of growth and innovation in reproductive health under her leadership."

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Berga completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She was a fellow in reproductive endocrinology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She participated in the Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers program through the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Berga serves on the board of directors of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She is a past president of the International Society for Advancement of Humanistic Studies in Medicine and a former director-at-large of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is a recipient of the President’s Achievement Award from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. She serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Menopause.

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