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Bernstein Named Maeck Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Ira Bernstein, M.D.
Ira Bernstein, M.D., who is a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and senior associate dean for research at the College of Medicine, and a specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Fletcher Allen, has been named the John Van Sicklen Maeck Chair of the UVM Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and physician leader of the Women’s Health Care Service at Fletcher Allen. (Photo by Raj Chawla, UVM Medical Photography)

University of Vermont College of Medicine Dean Frederick C. Morin, III, M.D., and Fletcher Allen Health Care President and CEO John R. Brumsted, M.D., have announced that Ira Bernstein, M.D., professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and senior associate dean for research at the College of Medicine, and a specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Fletcher Allen, has been named the John Van Sicklen Maeck Chair of the UVM department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and physician leader of the Women’s Health Care Service at Fletcher Allen.

Bernstein, whose three-year term becomes effective July 1, 2012, succeeds Mark Phillippe, M.D., who will return to his role as professor, clinician, principal investigator, and mentor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences. He will continue as senior associate dean for research.

An alumnus of the College of Medicine who joined UVM/Fletcher Allen in 1987, Bernstein has been providing clinical care and conducting research at UVM for 25 years. In addition to his role as senior associate dean for research, a position he has held for three years, his administrative experience also includes serving as vice chair of obstetrics and director of maternal fetal medicine and the fellowship program of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences. He also served as acting chair and health service leader for several months in 2007, and served for 10 years on the UVM Institutional Review Board for human subjects research, with five years as chair of the committee.

In addition to his leadership roles, Bernstein has a successful track record of independent investigation, including basic and clinical research, and his funding has included National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 awards both as principal investigator and in collaboration as co-investigator. He also has a decade of experience serving as a member and chair for numerous committees at the NIH, recently served on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Task Force on Hypertension, and is a 2012 reviewer for the Gates Foundation’s Global Alliance for Preventing Preterm Birth and Stillbirth.

A native of New York, N.Y., Bernstein graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and earned his medical degree from the UVM College of Medicine in 1983. He completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., followed by a maternal fetal medicine fellowship at UVM. He subsequently joined the UVM/Fletcher Allen faculty, and in 2001 was named full professor.