Back from Retirement

Detroit Medical Center
Detroit, Michigan
retirement to front lines

Stanley Berry, M.D. | Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology | Wayne State University Professor

Dr. Stanley Berry was in the process of transitioning to retirement by working only three days a week and devoting time to finishing his novel. That is, until the pandemic began to take over Detroit communities. Without a second thought, Dr. Berry signed up as a volunteer to treat COVID-19 patients and became ready for the call to do so. 

He doesn’t deny that he is fearful of the potential risk, considering he is almost 67 years old. He draws strength by remembering the bravery of societal game changers like Medgar Evers, Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr. “[They] all knew they were going to die,” he told TIME magazine in a recent interview. “They went ahead and did it anyway. I don’t want to die, and I’m not in this to be a hero, but medicine’s been good to me and the city of Detroit’s been good to me.”