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Fellow in Hospital Medicine Spotlight: Leah Berkery, MD, FHM


Dr. Berkery is a hospitalist, chair of the Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Quality Improvement Committee, and a member of the information technology physician advisory group at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, N.Y. She also is team leader for billing and coding for the hospitalist service. She co-founded and is the director of membership development for SHM’s Albany chapter.

Undergraduate education: Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Medical school: Cornell University Medical College, New York City.

Notable: Dr. Berkery formed and developed the VTE prophylaxis committee at St. Peter’s; because of her efforts, appropriate VTE prophylaxis increased to 95% from 75%, new VTE stewardship rounds were created, and the hospital was able to anticipate new VTE preventive-care regulations and respond to them quickly and effectively. Combining her preventive medicine and IT knowledge, she is a member of the St. Peter’s Hospital CareLink Clinical Leadership Team, where she reviews and designs order sets for forthcoming computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems.

FYI: In her spare time, Dr. Berkery is a Zumba instructor. She is a diehard New York Yankees fan and loves traveling.

Quotable: “My fellow status in SHM demonstrates my commitment to hospital medicine as a lifelong career, and shows that I am dedicated not just to hospital medicine, but to the hospital system itself.”

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