Alan E. Beer, M.D. Founder
Dr. Alan E. Beer passed away May 1, 2006. Dr. Beer received his M.D. in 1962 from Indiana University School of Medicine. He did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and his fellowship in Immunology and Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. He was board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1971. Dr. Beer had been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and the University of Michigan. In 1987, Dr. Beer joined The Chicago Medical School with a joint appointment as a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and professor of Microbiology and Immunology. He subsequently established the Reproductive Immunology Program with clinics in Illinois and California. Dr. Beer founded the Alan E. Beer Center for Reproductive Immunology & Genetics in 2003, with initial clinics in Los Gatos, California, and London, England.
Dr. Beer was an internationally known and respected physician and basic scientist. He served from 1976-1997 as editor in chief of the Journal of Reproductive Immunology. He was past chairman of the National Institutes of Health Study Section on Human Embryology and Development, and he served on other study sections involving pregnancy and human development. He was a founding member and past president of the American Society of Reproductive Immunology, and was a senior councilor for the International Society for the Immunology of Reproduction. He was also the author of books, monographs, and numerous Scientific Papers.
Dr. Beer spent his entire academic life analyzing the impact of the immune system on infertility and the success or failure of a pregnancy. He dedicated his professional life to analyzing couples with infertility, IVF or implantation failures and recurrent pregnancy losses who have been told by the medical community that their problem was due to bad luck or nature’s way, and that they should try again.
- Editor in Chief, Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 1976-1997.
- Editorial Board of American Journal of Reproductive Immunology and Microbiology, 1984-2006.
- Senior Councilor for International Society for the Immunology of Reproduction, 1986-2006.
- Perinatal Press Editorial Board, 1980-2006.