21 Sep Making the Rounds with Ben Beran, MD
An interview with Dr. Beran
Ben Beran is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 2011 and stayed to complete his residency in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2011 to 2015. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL from 2015 to 2017.
Question: You completed your MD schooling and residency training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and now came back as an attending. What led you to return?
Dr. Beran: I was born, raised, and educated in the Midwest and am happy to be back “home.” My training in Florida has added innovative thoughts and skills to assist in caring for my patients, for which I am extremely grateful. It was an easy decision to return to MCW after spending 8 years on campus as a student and resident, seeing firsthand the high-quality care at all levels of the system in which I am now privileged to again be a part of.
Question: Your passion is in minimally invasive surgery. What brought you to this field?
Dr. Beran: I have always had a passion for anatomy and surgery, and was drawn to Obstetrics & Gynecology during my medical school training, especially the first minimally invasive case I witnessed. The ability to treat large pathology (fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, etc.) with tiny incisions, allowing the patient to recover quickly, is truly remarkable. The field of minimally invasive gynecology is constantly on the cutting edge to help improve patient’s lives with minimal downtime, and I am excited to increase access to these treatments for patients in Wisconsin.
Question: You are opening a Fibroid Center of Excellence here at Froedtert & MCW in the near future. Can you describe more about what you are envisioning?
Dr. Beran: Absolutely. The Fibroid Center of Excellence will be a place for patients to obtain first and second opinions about the management options for their uterine fibroids. I am working with Dr. Alexandra Fairchild from the Department of Radiology to create a clinic in which patients can call or be referred for an appointment and a nurse will assist them in obtaining any pertinent outside records and images. On the day of the appointment, the patient can have new or repeat imaging performed if necessary, and meet face-to-face with both physicians separately to inform us of symptoms, medical history, and goals for fertility. An examination and any necessary biopsies will be performed, followed by a full tailored discussion of appropriate medical and surgical treatments. The patient will be able to leave the clinic after this one visit with a plan in place, or all the knowledge needed to consider her options.
Question: What do you like most about your work?
Dr. Beran: I love being able to listen to patients and their unique circumstances and to help them find a management option that is agreeable and helpful. This can simply be a discussion and no further treatment necessary, scheduling a surgery, or anywhere in between!
Question: What do you do when you are not seeing patients?
Dr. Beran: At work when I am not caring for patients, I am typically working on my research projects, or partaking in student and resident education. I focus my efforts towards surgical education of residents to ensure they have the necessary skillset to safely care for patients independently after their training years. We work on this through group discussions, surgical case reviews, and surgical simulators.
Question: Just for fun — what are your favorite movies, books, music?
Dr. Beran: My favorite movies and books would have to be the Lord of the Rings series. It’s too bad there are not more! Currently my Pandora station is set to Blues Traveler, and I don’t plan on changing it anytime soon!
Question: Tell us a unique/fun fact about yourself.
Dr. Beran: As a testament to my steadfast (maybe stubborn) nature, I have remained committed to my Minnesota Vikings despite living in Packerland for 12+ years! This has at times led to personal suffering, but I remain committed.
Interested in making an appointment with him? Give us a call at (414) 805-4777