April 10, 2020

Wayne obstetrician volunteers as ED doc: ‘This could be the last thing I do on earth’

Stanley Berry, MD
Stanley Berry, M.D.

Stanley Berry, M.D., is an obstetrician specializing in high-risk pregnancy who works three days a week and had plans to retire. Then, the coronavirus hit. Now a volunteer, he could be assigned to work in an emergency department if needed. 

He heard Michigan needed doctors willing to volunteer in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. He signed up without hesitation.

He shared his experience with an editor at TIME. “‘This Could Be the Last Thing I Do on Earth.’ A Michigan Doctor Was Going to Retire. Then Came the Coronavirus” is included in the latest issue.

“I still know how to listen to lungs and take a medical history and do a physical, so I can contribute there. I don’t know how this is going to play out, because I’m almost 67,” he said.

Dr. Berry is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Perinatology Research Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at WSU.