Cleveland Clinic announced the appointment of Beri Ridgeway, M.D., as chair of its Obstetrics/Gynecology & Women’s Health Institute.
In this capacity, Dr. Ridgeway will oversee more than 415 caregivers, including ultrasound technicians, embryologists, nurse practitioners and nurses, and 148 staff physicians who comprise Cleveland Clinic’s Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute. Cleveland Clinic has an extensive midwifery program and a wide range of specialties, including minimally invasive surgical techniques, treatments for infertility, menstrual disorders, general gynecologic care to complex oncology surgery for gynecologic malignancies, and pelvic floor disorders, menopause and more.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Ridgeway joined Cleveland Clinic as a staff physician in the department of obstetrics and gynecology in 2009. The following year, she received a joint appointment in the Center for Geriatric Medicine and the department of urology. She was associate fellowship director for the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) fellowship from 2010 to 2015. Dr. Ridgeway briefly left Cleveland Clinic and served as FPMRS division director at University of California Riverside from 2015 to 2017. In 2017, she was recruited back to Cleveland Clinic to become department chair of Regional Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has also served as the vice chair of education.
In June 2018, Dr. Ridgeway was appointed interim institute chair following the departure of Tommaso Falcone, M.D., who was department chair since 2001 and institute chair since 2009. Dr. Falcone left Cleveland in September 2018 to become Chief of Staff, Chief Academic Officer and Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic London.
Cleveland Clinic’s Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report, as the top-ranked program in Ohio and ranked No. 5 nationally in its “2018-19 Best Hospitals” rankings.
“I am honored and humbled to follow in the footsteps of Drs. Falcone, Belinson, Ballard, and Krieger as an OB-GYN chair at Cleveland Clinic,” Dr. Ridgeway said. “I look forward to working with our caregivers to continue to provide the best medical care to our patients. Our institute is made up of dedicated caregivers and I am committed to helping each one of them grow in their personal and professional lives.”
Dr. Ridgeway is an oral boards examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and involved at the national level in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, currently serving on the Practice Guidelines Committee. She is also very active in the American Urogynecologic Society.
Dr. Ridgeway has authored more than 65 peer-reviewed articles and 10 book chapters and made numerous presentations at national and international meetings. Her research interests include surgical correction of pelvic organ prolapse, uterine-sparing operations to treat prolapse, pelvic floor disorders in young women, mesh-related complications, and surgical outcomes.
She attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and completed a four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of California, San Diego. She then went on to complete a three-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.