August 01, 2019

From the pages of Medicine at Michigan magazine: The Right Balance

Faculty profile of Deborah Berman, M.D., features the focus and skill of a gymnast-turned-surgeon

Deborah Berman, M.D., and her family

A balance beam demands courage, confidence, and determination. It demands the skill of an athlete unwilling to shy away from its challenge, someone with patience and poise. Deborah Berman (M.D. 1999, Residency 2003, Fellowship 2010), an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, delivered that strength as an undergraduate on the U-M gymnastics team — and continues to do so as a member of the U-M Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center (FDTC), the only one of its kind in Michigan.

“A four-inch balance beam,” says Berman, “is a wonderful place to find out about struggling and facing disappointment, dusting oneself off, and trying again. And again. And again.”

Berman was raised on maize and blue, born into a family steeped in Michigan tradition. Her parents and brother are alumni, as is her husband, Rich Dopp (M.D. 2001, Residency 2005, Fellowship 2007), also a former U-M gymnast and now assistant professor in the Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry.