Beryl R. Benacerraf, MD is clinical professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, and Radiology at the Harvard Medical School and she is director of Vincent Memorial Hospital, Obstetrical Ultrasound Division, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She is author of Ultrasound of Fetal Syndromes, 2nd Edition.
Dr. Benacerraf received her MD from Harvard Medical School, interned at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and completed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was a fellow in ultrasound and computed tomography at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Active in the ultrasound community, Dr. Benacerraf has directed and organized a host of postgraduate ultrasound courses including the biannual Harvard Medical School Advanced Sonography in OB/GYN Symposium that she initiated in 1991. She is an elected fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, treasurer of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, and a board member of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Foundation. Dr. Benacerraf is also the medical director and president of Diagnostic Ultrasound Associates, PC, a medical practice that she founded in 1982.
Dr. Benacerraf conducted the original research that linked nuchal thickening directly to an increased risk for fetal Down syndrome in 1985 and developed the genetic sonogram. Both of these advances have changed the way that pregnant women are currently screened for fetal Down syndrome. She was awarded the Ian Donald Gold Medal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Joseph Holmes Pioneer award of the American Institute of Ultrasound for her contributions to the field of diagnostic ultrasound. She also received the 2008 Marie Curie Award from the Association of Women Radiologists.