Deborah R. Berman, M.D., was appointed interim assistant dean for admissions in the Medical School, effective July 1, 2021.
A professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Division of Fetal Medicine in the Medical School, Dr. Berman is passionate about medical students and their wellbeing. She has been a member of the Admissions Executive Committee since 2018, and has been active in the recruitment and development of outstanding medical students for many years. She will continue in her role as faculty director for the M-Home, the Medical School’s learning community, where she focuses on medical student support and helping to further build community. She also serves as faculty advisor for the M-Response Corps, a group of more than 400 medical student volunteers who have been active during the pandemic in helping to address needs throughout Michigan Medicine.
She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, and completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Michigan Medicine. She joined the U-M faculty for four years, after which she completed her maternal-fetal medicine fellowship here. She then rejoined the maternal-fetal medicine faculty. She became a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in 2003, clinical associate professor in 2014, and clinical professor in 2021.
Her clinical research interests include the full spectrum of prenatal diagnosis, fetal abnormalities, and outcomes related to fetal therapy and surgery. She is an integral part of the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center. She has a strong interest in the impact of depression and mental health complications associated with pregnancy, in particular the complex nature of long-term antepartum hospitalizations.