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Vincent J. Felitti Distinguished Scholar Award



Megan (Pronounced “Meegan”) Gerber is an academic general internist with a career-long focus on improving the health and wellbeing of trauma-exposed women. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency. Dr. Gerber completed her MPH (Quantitative Methods) at the Harvard (TH Chan) School of Public Health followed by a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Laura McCloskey working on an AHRQ-funded study of intimate partner violence and women’s health. Dr. Gerber worked closely with intimate partner violence programs in healthcare settings in Boston and Cambridge, MA before joining the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in 2008. At VHA, Dr. Gerber served in local, regional, and national leadership roles in Women’s Health Services, culminating with a Senior Consultant Role for VA Central Office in Washington, DC. In 2021, she had the honor of serving as the co-chair for the national Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence task force which led to the creation of the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance program (IPVAP) which is now the largest IPV program of its kind serving the nation’s largest integrated health network. Dr. Gerber continues to consult to IPVAP. Throughout her time at VA, Dr. Gerber practiced primary care and taught residents and medical students. A native New Yorker and passionate medical educator, she returned to Albany, NY in 2021 to serve as Division Chief, General Internal Medicine, Vice Chair of Medicine for Faculty Development, Advising Dean and Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College. Dr. Gerber has authored/co-authored 50 peer reviewed publications, edited the textbook, “Trauma-informed healthcare approaches: A guide for primary care” (Springer, 2019) and taught nationally on women’s health and trauma informed care topics. She is an avid abstract painter who is interested in using visual arts to promote healing for patients and healthcare workers.