Mae Sokol Burger

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BURGER--Mae Sokol, M.D., 56, Academic child psychiatrist, died Saturday, November 17 in Omaha, NE, from complications of lymphoma. Mae Sokol Burger, M.D. was Associate Professor at the Creighton University School of Medicine. She was the Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Children's Hospital in Omaha. She was a published author, an accomplished researcher and teacher, and nationally known for her treatment of pediatric eating disorders. Dr. Sokol was the first to describe infection-triggered Anorexia Nervosa (PANDAS). Dr. Sokol trained in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital, NY. She was an Examiner at the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She was an editorial board member of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, and Open Psychiatry Journal. She was a reviewer for Depression and Anxiety, and Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. Her Brooklyn High School experience volunteering to help blind children inspired her to change her career choice from an initial interest in writing to the helping field of medicine. Her professional accomplishments were driven by a sincere desire to help those in need. She was a loving wife and mother, and a caring professional. She is survived by her husband, Scott Burger, son, Levi Sokol, and stepson, Steven Burger.
Published in The New York Times on Nov. 22, 2007