Lori Berry is a pediatric resident at OU Tulsa who completed her Master of Public Health in Health Policy & Management as well as her Doctor of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center at the School of Public Health and the College of Medicine. After completing medical school she began her residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Her time as a pathology resident was spent in activities such as autopsies both medical and forensic, gross & microscopic examination of surgical specimens, tumor board conferences, FNA biopsies during cytopathology, hematology & immunology, clinical chemistry, transfusion medicine including clinical consultations and collaborative morning rounds between microbiology and the infectious disease services. Lori enjoyed her years as a pathology resident and still finds the field fascinating, but she always knew she would enjoy more direct/clinical patient care and was open to new experiences.
Lori is also a devoted mother and wife. Her husband Paul is a plastic surgeon with Warren Clinic and primarily operates at St. Francis Hospital. She has supported his career and relocation to Tulsa. Their son is currently a second grader and their daughter just turned two years old. She is very proud of her children and feels her role as a mother is her top priority. As a family they chose the OU Tulsa Pediatric Residency Program because it will provide the education and guidance necessary for a thorough clinical exploration of interests. They have great physician mentors and the program director, Dr. Mather, is a natural leader. Lori loves beings able to see her husband from time to time at work because St. Francis Children’s hospital is the primary location for OU Tulsa Pediatric residents.
Lori’s husband is very supportive of her career and helps tremendously on days when her resident responsibilities take up most of the hours in her day. The support of her family doesn’t stop at her husband and children. Their extended family in both Texas and Florida are there for them in every way. Although Lori’s father and brother both graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, they are still very happy for her and continue to give her burnt orange gifts. Lori’s mother is her inspiration for strength and compassion. She also happens to be Lori’s biggest fan. Her younger sister is an RN and often lends an ear for all of her medical stories. Lori would love for them to one day work together.
With a wide range of interests she is investigating pediatric subspecialties; however she also sees the appeal of a hospitalist position and general pediatrics. She is currently keeping all doors open and is excited to continue the journey!
Lori hopes to engage in research dedicated to generating evidence-based guidelines to help refine screening and treatment protocols as well as optimizing clinical outcomes of current treatment practices. She is working out her schedule currently to provide more time to dedicate to research activities. She knows that after completing pediatric residency training she would like to continue working towards improving medical education and training as well as being more involved in the AAP. She is currently an AAP-Resident Member, AAP-OK Region VII. She is on several sections and councils and often engages in discussions and movements on a variety of topics.
Her education, extracurricular activities and professional career thus far have all been focused on becoming a physician that can make a difference in the lives of others and help improve the overall health of the community.