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Mitchel Berger, M.D.

Neurosurgeon and chair of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Mitchel S. Berger, chair of Neurological Surgery, is a nationally recognized expert in treating brain and spinal cord tumors and tumor-related epilepsy in adults and children. He also is a specialist in brain mapping techniques, used to identify areas of motor, sensory and language function during surgery, and an expert in the use of the Gamma Knife for tumor treatment. He is co-director of the Adult Brain Tumor Surgery Program, director of the Brain Tumor Research Center and director of the Center for Neurological Injury and Repair.

Berger, a professor of neurosurgery at UCSF, earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard College in 1975 and a medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1979. He completed an internship and residency at UCSF and was awarded a clinical fellowship in neuro-oncology by the American Cancer Society and a research fellowship with the Brain Tumor Research Center. He completed further fellowship training in neuro-oncology at UCSF and in pediatric neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children of the University of Toronto, Canada. His professional activities include his election to the board of directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and his appointment to the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. Berger is board certified in neurosurgery.

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Clinics

California Center for Pituitary Disorders
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (866) 559-5543

Fax: (415) 353-2889

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Concussion and Brain Injury Program
1500 Owens St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1915
Fax: (415) 514-6075

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Neuro-Oncology Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2966
Fax: (415) 353-2167

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Neurosurgery Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-7500
Fax: (415) 353-2889

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

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Education

University of Miami School of Medicine 1979

Residencies

UCSF Medical Center, General Surgery 1979

Fellowships

UCSF Medical Center, Neuro-oncology 1985
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, Pediatric Neurological Surgery 1986

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Berger MS, Wachter RM, Greysen SR, Lau CY. Changing our culture to advance patient safety. J Neurosurg. 2013 Dec; 119(6):1359-69.
  2. Han SJ, Saigal R, Rolston JD, Cheng JS, Lau CY, Mistry RI, McDermott MW, Berger MS. Targeted reduction in neurosurgical laboratory utilization: resident-led effort at a single academic institution. J Neurosurg. 2014 Jan; 120(1):173-7.
  3. Bucci M, Mandelli ML, Berman JI, Amirbekian B, Nguyen C, Berger MS, Henry RG. Quantifying diffusion MRI tractography of the corticospinal tract in brain tumors with deterministic and probabilistic methods. Neuroimage Clin. 2013; 3:361-8.
  4. Sun MZ, Kim JM, Oh MC, Safaee M, Kaur G, Clark AJ, Bloch O, Ivan ME, Kaur R, Oh T, Fouse SD, Phillips JJ, Berger MS, Parsa AT. Na?/K?-ATPase 2-subunit (AMOG) expression abrogates invasion of glioblastoma-derived brain tumor-initiating cells. Neuro Oncol. 2013 Nov; 15(11):1518-31.
  5. Haskins WE, Zablotsky BL, Foret MR, Ihrie RA, Alvarez-Buylla A, Eisenman RN, Berger MS, Lin CH. Molecular Characteristics in MRI-Classified Group 1 Glioblastoma Multiforme. Front Oncol. 2013; 3:182.
  6. Zusman EE, Heary RF, Stroink AR, Berger MS, Popp AJ, Friedlander RM, Martin NA, Lonser RR, Asthagiri AR. Philanthropy funding for neurosurgery research and program development. Neurosurgery. 2013 Jul; 73(1):177-83.
  7. Hiniker A, Lee HS, Chang S, Berger M, Perry A. Cortical ependymoma with unusual histologic features. Clin Neuropathol. 2013 Jul-Aug; 32(4):318-23.
  8. Jarzabek MA, Sweeney KJ, Evans RL, Jacobs AH, Stupp R, O'Brien D, Berger MS, Prehn JH, Byrne AT. Molecular imaging in the development of a novel treatment paradigm for glioblastoma (GBM): an integrated multidisciplinary commentary. Drug Discov Today. 2013 Nov; 18(21-22):1052-66.
  9. Lau D, Berger MS, Khullar D, Maa J. The impact of smoking on neurosurgical outcomes. J Neurosurg. 2013 Nov; 119(5):1323-30.
  10. Walsh KM, Rice T, Decker PA, Kosel ML, Kollmeyer T, Hansen HM, Zheng S, McCoy LS, Bracci PM, Anderson E, Hsuang G, Wiemels JL, Pico AR, Smirnov I, Molinaro AM, Tihan T, Berger MS, Chang SM, Prados MD, Lachance DH, Sicotte H, Eckel-Passow JE, Wiencke JK, Jenkins RB, Wrensch MR. Genetic variants in telomerase-related genes are associated with an older age at diagnosis in glioma patients: evidence for distinct pathways of gliomagenesis. Neuro Oncol. 2013 Aug; 15(8):1041-7.
  11. Bloch O, Safaee M, Sun MZ, Butowski NA, McDermott MW, Berger MS, Aghi MK, Parsa AT. Disseminated progression of glioblastoma after treatment with bevacizumab. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2013 Sep; 115(9):1795-801.
  12. Tarapore PE, Findlay AM, Honma SM, Mizuiri D, Houde JF, Berger MS, Nagarajan SS. Language mapping with navigated repetitive TMS: proof of technique and validation. Neuroimage. 2013 Nov 15; 82:260-72.
  13. Barani IJ, Larson DA, Berger MS. Future directions in treatment of brain metastases. Surg Neurol Int. 2013; 4(Suppl 4):S220-30.
  14. Safaee M, Clark AJ, Oh MC, Ivan ME, Bloch O, Kaur G, Sun MZ, Kim JM, Oh T, Berger MS, Parsa AT. Overexpression of CD97 confers an invasive phenotype in glioblastoma cells and is associated with decreased survival of glioblastoma patients. PLoS One. 2013; 8(4):e62765.
  15. Shchors K, Persson AI, Rostker F, Tihan T, Lyubynska N, Li N, Swigart LB, Berger MS, Hanahan D, Weiss WA, Evan GI. Using a preclinical mouse model of high-grade astrocytoma to optimize p53 restoration therapy. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Apr 16; 110(16):E1480-9.
  16. Berger MS. Editorial: Low-grade gliomas. J Neurosurg. 2013 Jun; 118(6):1155-6; discussion 1156.
  17. Safaee M, Clark AJ, Bloch O, Oh MC, Singh A, Auguste KI, Gupta N, McDermott MW, Aghi MK, Berger MS, Parsa AT. Surgical outcomes in choroid plexus papillomas: an institutional experience. J Neurooncol. 2013 May; 113(1):117-25.
  18. Potts MB, Berger MS. Response. J Neurosurg. 2013 Mar; 118(3):704.
  19. Sughrue ME, Rutkowski MJ, Chen CJ, Shangari G, Kane AJ, Parsa AT, Berger MS, McDermott MW. Modern surgical outcomes following surgery for sphenoid wing meningiomas. J Neurosurg. 2013 Jul; 119(1):86-93.
  20. Cage TA, Pekmezci M, Prados M, Berger MS. Subependymal spread of recurrent glioblastoma detected with the intraoperative use of 5-aminolevulinic acid: case report. J Neurosurg. 2013 Jun; 118(6):1220-3.

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