Stanley M. Berry ’75

2001 Distinguished Citizen Award

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If a 747 goes down and there are no survivors, everyone knows about it. Yet few know that premature labor claims an equivalent number of lives every hour. Dr. Stanley M. Berry uses this analogy to illustrate the breadth of the problem he devotes his career to conquering. An English major with a pre-med minor, he worked as a paramedic before attending Mayo Medical School. He then specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, with further sub-specialization in maternal-fetal medicine. Berry now serves as director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program, vice chair of obstetrical services, and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University/Hutzel Hospital in Detroit.

Through teaching, research and direct patient care, Berry helps women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. As a hands-on supervisor, Berry helps develop residents and fellows into the best physicians they can be. As a researcher supported by a $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, he is currently publishing the results of cord-blood analysis research indicating that, more often than commonly thought, premature labor may be a fetus-initiated escape from an infected environment. As a private practitioner, Berry sees clients who need his skills in ultrasound, amniocentesis and fetal blood sampling to diagnose and treat their pregnancy complications. In addition, he serves as faculty mentor of the Minority High School Student Research Apprenticeship Program.

“Stanley is a compassionate humanist, well respected by the medical community,” says Kathy Angelos Pinkett ’75. “He is not only concerned with health issues and the ethical application of treatment, but committed to high-quality health care for all communities.”