Sarah Berga, MD

Dr. Berga’s roles include expanding clinical access, diversifying our clinical and research portfolio, and fostering basic and translational research in areas relevant to reproductive and women’s health, including the biology of sex differences.  Dr. Berga is specialty certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and subspecialty certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI).  She cares for patients with amenorrhea, infertility, menopause, and related conditions.

As an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia, she studied the contribution of sex hormones to human behavior, sexual dimorphism, and gender asymmetry.  After receiving her MD from UVA, she completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School followed by a fellowship in REI at UCSD.  Prior positions include Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh, Senior Scientist at Magee-Women’s Research Institute, Medical Director of the NIH-funded Magee-Women’s Clinical Research Center, and Chair of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta.

Her research explores neuroendocrine mechanisms mediating stress-induced reproductive compromise and the impact of sex hormones on brain health in human and monkey models using neuroimaging and delineation of hormonal and cognitive patterns.  Her team pioneered the use of cognitive behavior therapy for stress-induced infertility.  Contributions include 130+ peer-reviewed publications, 80+ book chapters, and 20+ years of service on various NIH study sections.  She currently serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and as an Associate Editor of Human Reproduction Update.  Awards include the SGI Presidential Achievement Award and the Berthold Medal of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Endokrinologie (German Endocrine Society).  Past leadership positions include President of the Society for Gynecological Investigation and Society of Humanism in Medicine, and member of the Board of Directors of Emory Healthcare, University of Pittsburgh Physicians, and American Society of Reproductive Medicine.  She is currently serving on the board of the International Society of Gynecologic Endocrinology.

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