About Dr. Berman
Updated: February 12, 2008

Michael R. Berman, M.D.I am the founder,author, editor, webmaster and president of hygeia.org and the Hygeia Foundation, Inc.  In order for any visitor to Hygeia to know about and verify my background, credentials and authenticity, I have provided the follow c.v. which is updated, periodicallyIf you have any questions, please contact me via email at berman@hygeia.org.

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"Michael R. Berman, M.D., FACOG, a 1970 graduate of New York Medical College is clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale University School of Medicine and is president of County Obstetrics and Gynecology Group, with offices in Branford, Clinton, Wallingford and New Haven. He is attending physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he holds the position of President, Yale-New Haven Physician-Hospital Organization.. Dr. Berman is Founder and President of Hygeia, an internet-enabled program providing the most comprehensive resource and largest international online community for families experiencing the grief and sorrow which accompany the loss of a pregnancy or newborn child and the angst of parenting and caring for critically ill neonates or children. Dr. Berman also administers the Hygeia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization which he founded, whose mission is to bring to medically indigent and under-served populations, nationally and internationally, interactive information with regards to Maternal and Child Health and facilitate access to these services. His book, Parenthood Lost, Healing the Pain after Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death was published in January, 2001. Dr. Berman is the 2000 Recipient of the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics Teaching Award and is actively involved in the medical education program at the Yale University School. Dr. Berman was interviewed about his work by Katie Couric on the NBC Today Show in August, 2001. and in December, 2003, Dr. Berman, by invitation, presented his work to the World Congress on the Internet in Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland.


Michael R. Berman, M.D.

berman@hygeia.org (email)

http://hygeia.org (website)


Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Yale University School of Medicine

Founder and President, County Obstetrics and Gynecology Group, P.C.

Founder and President, Hygeia Foundation, Inc.




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Temple University B.A.


New York Medical College

Metropolitan Hospital Center







Yale University/Yale New Haven Hospital Resident


Obstetrics & Gynecology
Yale University Fellow


Maternal & Fetal Medicine
Student, Wesleyan University Writers Workshop,  

1993, 1994

Poetry and Writing
Yale University  



School of Management/Public Health and Medicine

Executive Health Program




A. Positions and Honors


Positions (in ascending chronological order)



· 1970-1971, Intern, Metropolitan Hospital, New York, New York

· 1971-1973, Medical Officer, United States Public Service, National Health Service Corps, Chicago, Illinois

· 1973-1976, Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale-New Haven Hospital

· 1976-1977, Fellow, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale School of Medicine

· 1977-present, Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice, New Haven, Connecticut, County Obstetrics and Gynecology Group, P.C., President

· 1989-present, Departmental Committee Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale University School of Medicine

· 1989-present, Executive Committee Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale University School of Medicine,1989

· 1990-1994, New Haven Community Physicians Organization, President, 1993-94

· 1995-present, Board of Directors, Yale New Haven IPA

· 1997, Founder and President, Hygeia Foundation, Inc.

· 1997-present National Council, Art, Washington University in St. Louis

· 1999-2001, Board of Directors, Connecticut Chapter, SIDS Association

· 1999-2001, Board of Directors, March of Dimes, Connecticut Chapter

· 1998-present, Board of Permanent Officers, Yale University School of Medicine, 1998-

· 1990-1996, Medical Board, Yale- New Haven Hospital

· 1993-1994, Member Connecticut State Medical Society Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality Committee, Chair, 1993-4

· 2000, Promoted, Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine

· 2000, Advisory committee on confidentiality and patient rights, Congresswoman Rosa Delauro

· 2000-present New Haven Fetal and Infant Mortality Review, advisor

· 2002-present, Development Committee, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 2002

· 2002, Member, Search Committee, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Yale University Department of Ob-Gyn

· 2002, Member, Search Committee, Chair, Yale University Department of Ob-Gyn

· 2002, President, Yale New Haven Hospital Physician Hospital Organization

· 2002, Committee to Study Fetal Infant Mortality Review-Chair, Perinatal Bereavement Sub committee.

· 2003, Board of Directors, Temple University Alumni Association

· 2004-present Scientific Advisory Board, International Stillbirth Alliance

· 2004, Board of Directors, First Candle-SIDS Alliance

· 2004, Executive Committee, Society for Clinical Preceptors, Yale University School of Medicine

· 2005-Volunteer Faculty, Yale School of Medicine Free Clinic


Other Experiences and Professional Memberships


· Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

· Fellow, American Fertility Society (American Society Reproductive Medicine)

· Obstetrical Society of New York Medical College

· Connecticut Medical Society –past member

· New Haven Obstetrical Society Secretary- 1981-1982 President-1987-1988

· Connecticut Society for Obstetricians and Gynecologists

· Hastings Institute for Biomedical Ethics


Federal Government Public Advisory Committee


· National Academy of Sciences / Institute of Medicine, Committee on Care of Children Who Die and their families, September 8, 2001

· International Stillbirth Alliance- Founding member and Scientific Advisory Committee





Awards and Honors

· Named a "Top Doctor in Connecticut" by peer review, Connecticut Magazine, April, 2005.

· Nominated, 2005 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation

· Juried Presenter, World Congress on the Internet in Medicine

· Finalist, Stockholm Challenge, 2001,2002

· Finalist, Fleet Small Business Award Program

· Finalist, Time Inc. Medical Media Awards

· APOG Teaching Award -Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2000(Awarded by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale University School of Medicine)

· Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award in the Natural Sciences, Temple University, 1996

· Merit Award, March of Dimes-National Foundation for Birth Defects, 1970

B. Selected publications (in ascending chronological order)

· 1969-"Your Child's Health Today, His Future Tomorrow" A monograph on child health care in the East Harlem Community of New York City, written as a medical student.

· 1970- "The Intrauterine Evaluation of Fetal Disorders" A review of the current literature

· 1972, "Temporary Widening of the Cranial Sutures during Recovery from Failure to Thrive", Clinical Pediatrics, vol.11,No.7, July, 1972.

· 1994 "Cherished Purposes" (copyright, not published) A volume of original poems of perinatal grieving,

· 1994-The Physician as Poet Five original poems published in Connecticut Medicine, Vol. 58, No. 11, November, 1994.

· 1998-The Journal of the Bellevue Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, Vol XIV

· 1999-Abstract : (ESHRE)European Society Human Reproduction and Embryology

· 2000-Forward, A Silent Sorrow

· 2000-Forward, Creative Acts of Healing

· 2001 Book Authored: Parenthood Lost , Healing the Pain after Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death, Bergin & Garvey Trade. Westport, Conn. 2000. 274 pages Published: January, 2001

· 2001-2004, Medical Columnist, Connecticut Family Today,

· Co-Author, Low Back Pain in Pregnancy, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 104, No. 1, July, 2004.

· 2005, When Love Impales the Heart, A Doctor’s Poems of Eulogy and Celebration. Manuscript in preparation

C. Selected Interviews, Presentations and Reviews


Selected Interviews

· August 2, 2001, NBC, The Today Show, Interview, Katie Couric,

· June, 2001, ABC, The Discovery Health Channel

· National Public Radio April 17, 2001, The Faith Middleton Show

· January 24, 2001, The Early Show, CBS,


Selected Presentations

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn Yale University School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital-September 11, 1996

· Pregnancy Loss Seminar- North Shore University Hospital October 20, 1996

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn Stanford University-January, 1997

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, Ca.-Jan. 1997

· Women’s Center-Yale New Haven Hospital

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York-February 12, 1997

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn Temple University-April 2, 1997

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn Washington University-St. Louis-April 16, 1997

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn New York University-New York-September 3, 1997

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn The University of Connecticut. October 22, 1997

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn Bridgeport Hospital, October 30, 1997

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn Vanderbilt University-Nashville, Tennessee, February, 1998

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn Windham Hospital, Windham, Connecticut, February, 1998

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Connecticut, September, 1998

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn St. Joseph's Hospital, Patterson, New Jersey, September, 1998

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn Stonybrook University, October, 1998

· Keynote Address the 11th Annual National Perinatal Bereavement Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, October 3, 1998

· National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Reproductive Health, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 16, 1998

· Grand Rounds-Department Ob-Gyn, Maine Medical Center, January, 1999

· Humanities in Medicine Program, Yale Medical School, February 4, 1999

· Grand Rounds, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical College, April, 1999

· Keynote Speaker, Perinatal Bereavement Program, North Shore Hospital, New York, October, 1999

· Grand Rounds, Wayne State University Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, February, 2000

· Grand Rounds, Thomas Jefferson University Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, March, 2000

· Keynote Speaker, Arizona SIDS Alliance, June 8, 2000

· Keynote Speaker, March of Dimes, Minnesota, October 24, 2000

· Grand Rounds, Brown University, Grand Rounds, December 7, 2000,

· Grand Rounds, Stanford University, June, 2001,

· September 6-7,2001, Middlebury College and Porter Hospital, Middlebury, Vermont,

· September 8, 2001, National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine, Committee on Care of Children Who Die and their families

· November, 2001 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Center of New Jersey,

· March 6, 2002, Kids Care Conference, Rockford, Illinois,

· October 10, 2002, Stockholm Challenge; Presentation and exhibition to International Conference on Internet Technology, Finalist

· October 17, 2002, Institute for Family Centered Care, Faculty

· Kate Woodbury Memorial Lecture, Humanism in the Age of Advanced Medical Technologies, April, 2003

· October, 2003, Keynote Lecture, Perinatal Bereavement Conference, Winthrop Hospital, New York

· February 19, 2004 Guest Lecturer, Don McCran Memorial Lecture, St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut

· Participant, Roundtable Discussion, International Stillbirth Alliance, May 26,2004

· Keynote Address. American Medical Student Association, Boston, Massachusetts, November 14, 2004: Ancestral Songs and Promise: Reflections on Humanism in the Age of Advanced Medical Technologies

· Keynote and Featured Speaker, Caring for the Sorrow of Obstetrical Loss, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Allina Healthcare System, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, April 9, 2005

· International Stillbirth Alliance Conference, September, 2005, Scientific Advisory Committee and Speaker.

· Speaker, Mt. Auburn Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass. September, 2005

· Presenter, World Congress on the Internet in Medicine, Prague, December, 2005.

· Invited Speaker, 9th SIDS International Conference to be held on June 1-4 2006 in Yokohama.


Selected News Articles

· March, 1997, New York Times, Connecticut Section,

· March 29, 1998, New Haven Register Sun.,

· June, 1998 , Connecticut Post Newspaper,

· April 23, 2002, Boston Patriot Ledger,

· May 12, 2002, San Francisco Chronicle

· July, 2002, Kiosk Magazine, July, 2002

· November, 2003, New Haven Register

· January, 2004, Connecticut Post

· October, 2004, New Haven Register

D. Current Work

· Clinical Practice- General Obstetrics and Gynecology, County Obstetrics and Gynecology Group, P.C., President

· Hygeia Foundation, Inc. and Institute for Perinatal Loss and Bereavement-Founder and President a non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to comfort those who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or newborn child (from all causes; e.g. Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Genetic Disorders), to address disparities in access to healthcare services for medically and economically underserved families and to provide advocacy and resources for maternal and child health. The Hygeia Foundation, Inc. is committed to improving the awareness of the impact of perinatal, neonatal and infant loss on families, community and society and supports the premise that perinatal and infant morbidity and mortality can be affected by providing all women and their families who have experienced perinatal losses e.g. Stillbirths, the availability of perinatal bereavement counseling, pre- and inter-conception counseling (including an evaluation and understanding of their losses) and access to comprehensive women's healthcare services. The Hygeia Foundation, Inc.® is committed to improving universal access to healthcare services and healthcare information with respect, dignity and advocacy. (http://hygeia.org)

· The Ephemeris Project-( http://ephemerisproject.com ) a new program to promote and provide a venue of introspection and self-expression among medical students, physicians, and other healthcare professionals to better serve them to participate in effective and compassionate care of their patients.  



E. Academic Affiliations

· Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Teaching Activities

§ Active involvement in resident and medical student clinical teaching on Labor Floor and in Operating rooms.

§ Lecturer in each rotation of the medical student didactic lecture series.

§ Resident Advisor 1994-

§ Individual Mentoring, Medical Students of all years.

§ Yale Seminars in Perinatal Loss- A model program to educate physicians in training to the impact of pregnancy loss on patients, families and caregivers

§ The Ephemeris Project-A program of personal and medical writing to promote and provide a venue of introspection and self expression among medical students to better serve them as they strive towards effective and compassionate care of their patients.

§ Medical Student Preceptor and moderator, Clinical Reasoning Workshops

§ Society of Clinical Preceptors, Steering Committee, Yale School of Medicine. The mission of the Society is to provide educational resources and activities for its members that will help them to develop and continuously improve their teaching skills.

§ Preceptor, End of Life Program of the Yale School of Medicine


Hospital Affiliations

· Attending Physician, Yale New Haven Hospital

· Courtesy Staff, Hospital of Saint Rafael

· Attending Physician, Women’s Surgical Center

· Attending Physician, Gaylord Hospital for Rehabilitation, Wallingford, Ct.


F. Grants

· Consultant, HHS Grant, Stillbirth Assessment and Future Evaluation, Principal Investigator, Michael Paidas, M.D., Yale University

· Consultant and co-investigator, NIH Grant to study Effects of Accupuncture and Low Back Pain in Pregnancy. Principal Investigator, Shu-Ming Wang, M.D.








G. Areas of Special Interest

· Medical Education

· Internet Applications for Healthcare and Medical Education

· Humanism and Ethical Issues in Healthcare

· Literature and Poetry in Medicine

· Emotional Issues of Pregnancy Loss

· High Risk Pregnancy/Maternal and Child Health

· Improving Access to Maternal and Child Healthcare Services


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