Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery
Trauma and General Surgeon- Acute Care Surgical Specialists of Texas
Dr. Shiree A. Berry was born and raised in Houston, TX where she attended St. John’s High School. After high school, she travelled to southern California where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Neuroscience from Claremont McKenna College. With a sincere passion to serve her community, she volunteered with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Crossroads, and Healthcare for the Homeless- Houston. She then moved to upstate New York where she excelled in her studies and earned a medical degree from Albany Medical College. After obtaining her medical degree, she was accepted into the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Residency Program at Baylor College of Medicine where she rose to Chief General Surgery Resident.
I work as a trauma and acute care surgeon. I see patients who come to the hospital after being involved in a traumatic event such as a car accident, fall, gunshot wound, or fight. I also see patients who come to the hospital for abdominal pain. I then decide if these patients need surgery.
On a typical day, I visit all of my patients in the hospital that have already had surgery or need surgery. I then perform general surgeries including the removal and repair of various abdominal organs such as the gallbladder, appendix, and intestines. If someone comes to the hospital after being involved in a traumatic event, like a car accident or fight, I then evaluate them to see if they need surgery as well.
In order to become a surgeon, you have to continue your education and do well in all of your classes. There are many exams that you must take. After you finish college, you must go to medical school followed by residency where you gain experience in the specialty of your choice. The first step is finding a mentor that can guide you through the process.
The most satisfying part of my job is being able to help people feel better or save their life. I also enjoy performing the surgeries.
A typical salary range for a surgeon could be $250,000 to $600,000.
Outside of work, I make sure to take time and participate in activities that I enjoy. I love to travel and have visited 6 continents and over 20 countries. I try to focus on my health by exercising and eating well. I also visit the spa every month for facials and massages.
I volunteer in a number of community service organizations, including programs based out of my church and sorority. It is important for me to give back because I would not have been successful if someone else had not done the same.
I serve as a leader of the trauma team that consists of nurses, program coordinators, hospital administration, and EMS personnel. This team meets monthly to address policy and performance issues. Outside of work, I am a member and leader in a number of professional and community organizations including the Houston Medical Forum, the Mary Susan Moore Medical Society, the Houston Area Urban League, New Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
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That I served my purpose by living a Christ led life, loving others and improving their quality of life.
Think about what your interests and passions are; research the opportunities available; find a mentor; and don’t settle for less than what you desire!
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