April 5, 2017

A legacy of healthy moms and babies

Colleagues and former patients honor renowned maternal-fetal medicine specialist Kirk Ramin, M.D., after he reluctantly relinquished his duties at the U

Kirk Ramin, M.D., is one of those doctors who makes each pregnant woman he treats feel like she is his only patient. His calm and comforting manner, exquisite skill in maternal and fetal medicine, and nearly round-the-clock dedication helped many women through stressful, high-risk pregnancies.

Kari Berman is one of those women. After struggling for years with infertility, including about a dozen miscarriages, Berman got pregnant and endured numerous complications before she went into labor at 19 weeks. Ramin tended to her through 4.5 months of complete bedrest until she delivered healthy twins at 36 weeks.

“He was very calming and reassuring, and I always felt like things were under control if he was around,” says Berman. “His level of dedication was staggering.”

A nationally recognized maternal-fetal medicine specialist—who also maintained a prolific research profile as a professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s health at the University and created the first maternal-fetal medicine fellowship program in Minnesota—Ramin reluctantly relinquished his teaching and clinical duties at the University last April for health reasons.

“Kirk has had a tremendous impact because of his commitment to patient care and rapport with referring physicians who trusted him to continue their patients’ care,” says Daniel Landers, M.D., director of the U’s maternal-fetal medicine division. “His practice was always cutting-edge with best practices, so patients, residents, and fellows learned from that. He was a dedicated teacher and talented clinician.”

Berman is forever grateful for Ramin and his skill. “By virtue of his incredible care and medical prowess, he allowed me to leave the hospital with two healthy babies,” she says. “I often say that he saved my kids’ lives, but he also saved mine.”

In Ramin’s honor, his colleagues have established the Kirk D. Ramin Endowment Fund to support training and continued education of pregnancy-related care providers at the University of Minnesota. Make a gift at


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