Physician assistant Betsy Distelburger holds a master’s degree in health sciences from the Weill Cornell Physician Assistant Program, and she is a member of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants.
Betsy graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. After completing a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Columbia University, she earned her master’s degree and became a certified physician assistant. She was a physician assistant of obstetrics, working on labor and delivery at Mount Sinai West in New York City, before joining RMA in 2022 to help people fulfill their dream of building a family.
Betsy was drawn to RMA’s commitment to both conducting breakthrough fertility research as well as providing compassionate care. Pivoting to her new career path also aligned well with Betsy’s life philosophy. “I believe that we only live life once, and we should try to use this opportunity to make a difference.”
Constantly inspired by how much innovation exists in the infertility world, Betsy is also deeply empathetic to what her patients are experiencing. “I tend to place myself in other people’s positions. I understand the intense yearning for a child that our patients feel and the sadness and frustration that comes along with infertility.”
In addition to guiding her patients on the path to prospective parenthood, Betsy has supported close friends through the journey as well. She understands the full range of emotions and challenges that can arise along the way, and she is sensitive to how long the timeline – from trying to conceive unassisted to achieving a successful pregnancy through infertility treatment – can be. She is dedicated to personally connecting with each patient to provide support and understanding.
While Betsy enjoys skiing, playing tennis, and traveling (she hopes to head to Italy soon with her husband), she spends most of her time at home with her family, which will come as no surprise to those who know her: “I value family above all else.”
“While working on labor and delivery, I got to experience the tremendous joy patients feel when having a baby, but also had firsthand exposure to the pain couples feel when battling infertility. I felt that if I could prevent one couple from facing that struggle, I would be making a difference.”
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