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January 3, 2012
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate alumni create scholarship to honor professor

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— N. Barry Berg, Ph.D., has touched the lives of countless students during his 40-year career as an educator, mentor and advisor for the College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University.

To honor him for his dedication, the Upstate Medical Alumni Foundation has created the N. Barry Berg Scholarship for Musculoskeletal Medicine.

The scholarship will be awarded annually, beginning in 2012, to a student in the College of Medicine who excels academically and who plans to pursue graduate medical education in an area of musculoskeletal medicine, such as orthopedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation or sports medicine.

“In addition to his students, Barry has spent considerable time and effort to help make our medical alumni events a success,” said Vincent J. Kuss, executive director of the College of Medicine Foundation at Upstate. “Our alumni advisory board wanted to honor Barry in this way for his dedication to our foundation and for his commitment to his students.”

Berg joined the Upstate faculty in 1971. He is a recipient of the SUNY Upstate’s President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SUNY President’s Award for Affirmative Action and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Currently he is professor of cell and developmental biology, adjunct professor of physical therapy and anesthesiology, and director of Upstate’s Anatomical Gift Program. He teaches anatomy as part of Upstate’s Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program and also teaches musculoskeletal anatomy to Upstate’s physical medicine and rehabilitation residents.

He coordinates gross anatomy courses for physical therapy students and assists in teaching an imaging anatomy course for Upstate’s transitional doctorate degree program in physical therapy.

Throughout his career, Berg has served as assistant dean for student affairs, where he was responsible for coordinating the medical student advisory dean and academic support programs. His work with the Office of Student Affairs also included the development of a summer gross anatomy program, and the coordination of minority student educational programs, residency advising and service to the Medical Student Admissions Committee. Berg also served as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners Test materials Development Committee for Gross Anatomy and Embryology.

For more information about the scholarship fund or to contribute, visit MEDICAL ALUMNI or contact Vince Kuss at 315.464.4361 or kussv@upstate.edu.

Caption: Tara Holter, class of 2013, and Michael Fitzgerald, M.D., class of 2010, with N. Barry Berg, P.hD. The Upstate Medical Alumni Foundation created a scholarship fund to honor Berg’s commitment to students.

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