Nathan Berger, MD
Nathan Berger, MD is the Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine and Director of the Center for Science, Health and Society at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry, Oncology and Genetics and CWRU Distinguished University Professor.
Dr. Berger attended Temple University, Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and served his internship in Medicine at Michael Reese Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois and his residency in Medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. From 1968 to 1971 he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service and was a Research Associate at the NIH, NICHD Gerontology Research Center, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Baltimore, Maryland. He completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri and joined the faculty there before moving to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio as Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry and Director of the Hematology/Oncology Division. He became the founding Director of the Case Western Reserve University/Ireland Cancer Center which was awarded NCI Cancer Center status in 1987 and subsequently was designated an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine from 1995 to 2002.
Dr. Berger is an active researcher whose early research focused on laboratory and translational aspects of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase, DNA repair, stress proteins, and developmental therapeutics. His current research focuses on Transdisciplinary Studies in Energy Balance and Cancer and critical aspects of the relations between Aging and Cancer. He is Co-Director of the Specialized Program on Research Excellence in Gastrointestinal Malignancies and on The Barrett’s Esophagus Research Network where he coordinates their pilot projects and career development programs. Dr. Berger serves on the Board of Directors of Care Alliance, a Federally Qualified Health Center, providing healthcare for the underserved; Hopewell, A Therapeutic Farm Community for adults with mental illness; and the Cuyahoga County Board of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Berger’s practice of oncology is located in the Seidman Cancer Center of University Hospitals Case Medical Center.
Dr. Berger coordinates the CWRU Mini Medical School Series, an adult education program to keep community members better informed of the latest developments in medicine and healthcare, making them more knowledgeable healthcare consumers and better advocates for their own health. He directs the Scientific Enrichment and Opportunity Program for Cleveland Municipal School District students designed to engage them in research projects under the tutelage of School of Medicine faculty, to enhance their interests in the biomedical sciences, provide them with unparalleled professional experiences and encourage them to pursue careers in healthcare and the biomedical sciences.
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