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Meet Dr. Zail S. Berry, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.

Meet Dr. Zail S. Berry, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.

Posted on July 08, 2009

Dr. Zail Berry is one of Vermont’s top experts in the practice of palliative medicine and end of life care. She received her medical training in San Francisco and completed a residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine in 1989. From 1989 to 1991, Zail was a Fellow in Primary Care Internal Medicine at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington D.C. Upon completion of her Fellowship she became an Assistant Professor there, teaching in the University Medical Center Department of Health Care Sciences for approximately five years. At that same time she served as the Medical Director for Hospice of Washington.

In 1996 Dr. Berry came to Vermont and began work as Attending Physician at the Aesculapius Medical Center, Fletcher Allen Health Care. In addition to this role, she became the founding Medical Director for Fletcher Allen Health Care’s Palliative Care Program, and the Co-Medical Director of Hospice of the Champlain Valley, a program of Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties. For the past thirteen years Zail had been an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. In 2004 she opened a private practice, Palliative Medicine Consultation and Home Medical Services, serving seriously and terminally ill persons in Chittenden County.

Zail Berry, MD,  has received a number of honors since receiving her medical degree in 1986. Most recently she was recognized as the Vermont Health Care Association Physician of the year in 2007. She continues to work, teach, present locally and at national meetings and research and write articles for publication.

Zail and her family live in Essex, Vermont

Research & Publications (* = refereed journals)

  • Berry, Z.S. and Segal, B. “Palliative Care and End of Life Decision Making”
  • In Hematology Oncology Secrets, 3rd edition, M. Wood & G.
  • Philips, editors, Hanley & Belfus, Inc., pp. 277-81, 2003.
  • Berry, Z.S. , Segal, B., McCabe, J.M. “Hospice Care”
  • In Hematology Oncology Secrets, 3rd edition, M. Wood & G. Philips,
  • editors, Hanley & Belfus, Inc., pp. 282-86, 2003.
  • Monaco, J., Lilly, S., Brandes, M., Berry, Z.S. "Septic Thrombophlebitis Secondary to Diverticulitis".
  • Winner, Associate's and Students' Oral Clinical Vignette Competition
  • American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA 2000.
  • Brogan, M., Kelso, K., Berry, Z. The Prevalence of Pain Among Noncommunicative Nursing Home Residents
  • (abstract). Journal of General Internal Medicine vol 10 (suppl):4, 54, 1995.
  • Berry, Z.S. and Nist, J. "Welcome to Our Health Care Reformation: How Hospice is Already Changing
  • Medicine for the Better". Hospice vol 5:1, 6-7, 1994.
  • Berry, Z.S. and Lynn, J. "Hospice Medicine".
  • Journal of the American Medical Association vol 270:2, 221-223, 1993.
  • Berry, Z.S."Managing Dying At Home". In Ambulatory Geriatric Care,
  • Yoshikawa et. al., editors, Mosby- Year Book, St. Louis, pp. 80-89, 1993.
  • Berry, Z.S."A Physician's Thoughts On Dying". GW Forum 42, 56-60, 1993.
  • Berry, Z.S., Hirsch, R, Lynn, J. "Terminal Care Needs of AIDS and Cancer Patients: A Comparison Study".
  • (abstract) Clinical Research 40:552A, 1992.
  • Berry, Z.S. and Greenberg, L."The National Health Care Debate:
  • The Canadian System Is Not The Only Alternative", SGIM News 14:10, p.6 October 1991.

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