Biography

Dr. Bermas is originally from New York. After graduating from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she completed her residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Drawn to immunology and autoimmune diseases, she pursued fellowship training in Rheumatology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and at the National Institutes of Health. Following her training she joined the Rheumatology faculty of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where she was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine. During her tenure at BWH, Dr. Bermas was the Clinical Director of the Lupus Center and Co-Director of the Program in Pregnancy and Rheumatic Diseases. Dr. Bermas brings to UTSW her strong background in the management of complex systemic rheumatic diseases with a special focus in reproductive issues including pre-conception counseling and disease management during pregnancy. Outside of work, Dr. Bermas’ interests include her family, reading, cooking and biking.

Education

Residency
New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus) (1989), Internal Medicine
Medical School
Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1989)
Fellowship
Brigham and Women's Hospital (1990), Rheumatology
Fellowship
National Institutes of Health (1993), Rheumatology

Clinical Interest

Rheumatology Disorders

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome
  • Pregnancy Management of Rheumatic Diseases
  • Pre-Pregnancy Counseling for Rheumatic Diseases
  • Positive Antinuclear Antibody (ANA)
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjögren's Disease/Syndrome
  • Vasculitis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Rheumatologic Complications of Cancer Therapy

Research Interest

  • Pregnancy and Rheumatic Diseases
  • Rheumatologic Manifestations of Check-point Inhibitors
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Publications

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Lactation and Management of Postpartum Disease.
Bermas BL Rheum. Dis. Clin. North Am. 2017 May 43 2 249-262
Organ-specific systemic lupus erythematosus activity during pregnancy is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Tedeschi SK, Guan H, Fine A, Costenbader KH, Bermas B Clin. Rheumatol. 2016 Jul 35 7 1725-32
Therapy: A fine conception -- BSR/BHPR guidelines on drugs in pregnancy.
Sammaritano LR, Bermas BL Nat Rev Rheumatol 2016 Apr 12 4 197-8
Autoimmune Arthropathy and Uveitis as Complications of Programmed Death 1 Inhibitor Treatment.
de Velasco G, Bermas B, Choueiri TK Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.) 2016 Feb 68 2 556-7
Proceedings from the American College of Rheumatology Reproductive Health Summit: the management of fertility, pregnancy, and lactation in women with autoimmune and systemic inflammatory diseases.
Kavanaugh A, Cush JJ, Ahmed MS, Bermas BL, Chakravarty E, Chambers C, Clowse M, Curtis JR, Dao K, Hankins GD, Koren G, Kim SC, Lapteva L, Mahadevan U, Moore T, Nolan M, Ren Z, Sammaritano LR, Seymour S, Weisman MH Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2015 Mar 67 3 313-25
Development of SLE among "potential SLE" patients seen in consultation: long-term follow-up.
Al Daabil M, Massarotti EM, Fine A, Tsao H, Ho P, Schur PH, Bermas BL, Costenbader KH Int. J. Clin. Pract. 2014 Dec 68 12 1508-13
Clinical manifestations and survival among adults with (SLE) according to age at diagnosis.
Merola JF, Bermas B, Lu B, Karlson EW, Massarotti E, Schur PH, Costenbader KH Lupus 2014 Jul 23 8 778-84
Designing an intervention for women with systemic lupus erythematosus from medically underserved areas to improve care: a qualitative study.
Feldman CH, Bermas BL, Zibit M, Fraser P, Todd DJ, Fortin PR, Massarotti E, Costenbader KH Lupus 2013 Jan 22 1 52-62
Proliferative responses to recall antigens are associated with pregnancy outcome in women with a history of recurrent spontaneous abortion.
Bermas BL, Hill JA J. Clin. Invest. 1997 Sep 100 6 1330-4

Books

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Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors in Boston
    (2017)
  • Best Doctors in America
    (2016)
  • Best Doctors in America
    (2015)
  • Compassionate Caregiver
    Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA (2011)
  • Best Doctors in America
    (2010)
  • Best Doctors in America
    (2009)
  • Best Doctors in Boston
    (2008)
  • Best Doctors in Boston
    (2007)
  • Best Doctors in Boston
    (2002)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    Medical Honor Society (1985)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Dallas County Medical Society (2017)
  • Texas Medical Association (2017)
  • American College of Rheumatology (1993)