Mitchel S. Berger, MD, FAANS, FACS
Mitchel S. Berger was born in Miami, Florida on January 1, 1953. He obtained his B.A. from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1975 and his M.D. in 1979 from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida, where he received awards for both clinical and academic excellence. From 1979-1985 he took his residency in neurological surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). In 1983 he was awarded an American Cancer Society (ACS) clinical fellowship in neuro-oncology. After his residency, he undertook a further fellowship with the Brain Tumor Research Center at UCSF, serving also as clinical instructor in neuro-oncology. In 1985 he accepted a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children of the University of Toronto.
In 1986 Dr. Berger was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, with a concomitant appointment as Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgical Oncology at the Childrens Hospital and Medical Center and Chief of the Northwest Neuro-Oncology Research and Therapy Section. In 1997 he returned to UCSF as Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Neurosurgical Research Laboratories, including the Brain Tumor Research Center.
Dr. Bergers principal clinical interests lie in adult and pediatric neurosurgery, in particular the treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors, and in mapping the brain to achieve maximal resection of brain tumors and related epileptogenic foci for adults and children. His research reflects his clinical focus. In 1983 he received the Donald Matson Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in pediatric neurosurgical research. From 1985-1988 he held a Clinical Oncology Career Development Award from the ACS and from 1988-1993 a Clinical Investigator Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His work has since been continuously funded by the ACS and the NIH.
Dr. Berger has held an ACS Clinical Oncology Fellowship from 1990 onward, and he was named Washington State ACS Professor of Clinical Oncology for the term 1995-1998. He is active in professional associations in neurosurgery, oncology, cancer research, and gene therapy. His contributions to the neurosurgical community include his work with the Childrens Cancer Group, for which he chairs the Neurosurgery Committee. He has also chaired the State Legislative committee of the American Association for Cancer Research and served as President of the North Pacific Society of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. He was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in 1994 and now serves as its Vice President. He is currently a past-president of the Society for Neuro-Oncology, 1997-1999. He has contributed to the biomedical literature in peer-reviewed journals and texts as Guest Editor of
Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
, and as principal editor with Charles B. Wilson of the
Textbook of Gliomas
. He also served as principal editor, with Dr. Mark Bernstein, on the textbook entitled
Neuro-Oncology: The Essentials
. He and his wife, Joan, have two children, Lindsay (age 16) and Alex (age 12).
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