University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Bio for Ira Bernstein, M.D.
Ira Bernstein, M.D.

Ira Bernstein, M.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Research, College of Medicine 
John Van Sicklen Maeck Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Contact Information
Office Location:
111 Colchester Ave., MFU-Smith Room 419, Burlington, VT 05401


Bernstein Lab


1990     Fellowship - University of Vermont College of Medicine, Maternal Fetal Medicine
1987     Residency - George Washington University Hospital
1983     M.D. - University of Vermont College of Medicine
1978     B.S.  - Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., Psychobiology

Research Interests

Fetal growth, fetal growth abnormalities, pre-eclampsia, maternal physiology


Doppler Velocimetry
Fetal Echocardiography
Fetal Growth
Obstetrical Ultrasound

Research Grants

National Institutes of Health (NIH) RO1 HL71944
Pre-pregnancy Phenotype and Predisposition to Preeclampsia
PI: Ira M. Bernstein, M.D.     07/2010 - present
National Institutes of Health (NIH) K12 HD063082
"A Mentoring Program in Women's Reproductive Health Research"
PI: Ira M. Bernstein, M.D.     09/2009 - present
National Institutes of Health (NICHD/CDC) RO1 HD75669
Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation Among Disadvantaged Pregnant Women (PI: Higgins)
Co-Investigator: Ira M. Bernstein, M.D.     09/2013 - 08/2018
National Institutes of Health (NIGMS) CoBRE P-20
Incentives Targeting Gestational Weight Gain in Overweight and Obese Low Income Women (PI: Higgins)
Project Mentor/Co-Investigator: Ira M. Bernstein, M.D.     09/2013 - 08/2018

Awards and Honors

2011 - 2012     American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Task Force on Hypertension in Pregnancy
2010 - 2011
     National Institute of Health, NICHD Scientific Vision Workshop planner on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.
2009 - 2011
     National Institute of Health, Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section Chair
     Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Research Excellence Award
     University of Vermont College of Medicine Distinguished Academic Achievement Award
     University of Vermont College of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society


Vurbic D, Higgins ST, McDonough SR, Skelly JM, Bernstein IM. Maternal Body Mass Index Moderates the Influence of Smoking Cessation on Breast Feeding. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Nov 7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24203932.
Hale SA, Badger GJ, McBride C, Magness R, Bernstein IM. Prepregnancy Vascular Dysfunction in Women who Subsequently Develop Hypertension During Pregnancy. Pregnancy Hypertens. 2013 Apr 1;3(2):140-145. PubMed PMID: 23772359; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3678769.
Foley JH, Orfeo T, Undas A, McLean KC, Bernstein IM, Rivard GE, Mann KG, Everse SJ, Brummel-Ziedins KE. From principle to practice: bridging the gap in patient profiling. PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e54728. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054728. Epub 2013 Jan 25. PubMed PMID: 23372761; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3556038.
Schreurs MP, Hubel CA, Bernstein IM, Jeyabalan A, Cipolla MJ. Increased oxidized low-density lipoprotein causes blood-brain barrier disruption in early-onset preeclampsia through LOX-1. FASEB J. 2013 Mar;27(3):1254-63. doi: 10.1096/fj.12-222216. Epub 2012 Dec 10. PubMed PMID: 23230281; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3574277.
Gaalema DE, Higgins ST, Pepin CS, Heil SH, Bernstein IM. Illicit drug use among pregnant women enrolled in treatment for cigarette smoking cessation. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 May;15(5):987-91. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nts220. Epub 2012 Oct 15. PubMed PMID: 23072871; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3621582.

See PubMed listing here.