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Mitchel Berger, M.D.

Chair of Neurological Surgery
Neurosurgeon

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
or (415) 353-7500
Fax: (415) 353-2889

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

More about Mitchel Berger

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. Breshears JD, Ivan ME, Cotter JA, Bollen AW, Theodosopoulos PV, Berger MS. Primary glioblastoma of the trigeminal nerve root entry zone: case report. J Neurosurg. 2015 Jan; 122(1):78-81.
  2. Claus EB, Walsh KM, Wiencke JK, Molinaro AM, Wiemels JL, Schildkraut JM, Bondy ML, Berger M, Jenkins R, Wrensch M. Survival and low-grade glioma: the emergence of genetic information. Neurosurg Focus. 2015 Jan; 38(1):E6.
  3. Berger MS, Bruce JN, Chen TC, Zadeh G. Introduction: Glioblastoma: an update on pathophysiology and management strategies. Neurosurg Focus. 2014 Dec; 37(6):Introduction.
  4. Hervey-Jumper SL, Berger MS. Reoperation for recurrent high-grade glioma: a current perspective of the literature. Neurosurgery. 2014 Nov; 75(5):491-9.
  5. Rolston JD, Zygourakis CC, Han SJ, Lau CY, Berger MS, Parsa AT. Medical errors in neurosurgery. Surg Neurol Int. 2014; 5(Suppl 10):S435-40.
  6. Saigal R, Berger MS. The Long-term Effects of Repetitive Mild Head Injuries in Sports. Neurosurgery. 2014 Oct; 75 Suppl 4:S149-55.
  7. Hervey-Jumper SL, Breshears J, Berger MS. Gelfoam scaffold for vein prolapse during brain tumor surgery. World Neurosurg. 2014 Nov; 82(5):912.e11-3.
  8. Foret MR, Sandstrom RS, Rhodes CT, Wang Y, Berger MS, Lin CH. Molecular targets of chromatin repressive mark H3K9me3 in primate progenitor cells within adult neurogenic niches. Front Genet. 2014; 5:252.
  9. Saigal R, Batjer HH, Ellenbogen RG, Berger MS. Return to play for neurosurgical patients. World Neurosurg. 2014 Sep-Oct; 82(3-4):485-91.
  10. Sandstrom RS, Foret MR, Grow DA, Haugen E, Rhodes CT, Cardona AE, Phelix CF, Wang Y, Berger MS, Lin CH. Epigenetic Regulation by Chromatin Activation Mark H3K4me3 in Primate Progenitor Cells within Adult Neurogenic Niche. Sci Rep. 2014; 4:5371.
  11. Caverzasi E, Papinutto N, Amirbekian B, Berger MS, Henry RG. Q-ball of inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus and beyond. PLoS One. 2014; 9(6):e100274.
  12. Krieg SM, Tarapore PE, Picht T, Tanigawa N, Houde J, Sollmann N, Meyer B, Vajkoczy P, Berger MS, Ringel F, Nagarajan S. Optimal timing of pulse onset for language mapping with navigated repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. Neuroimage. 2014 Oct; 100:219-36.
  13. Walsh KM, Codd V, Smirnov IV, Rice T, Decker PA, Hansen HM, Kollmeyer T, Kosel ML, Molinaro AM, McCoy LS, Bracci PM, Cabriga BS, Pekmezci M, Zheng S, Wiemels JL, Pico AR, Tihan T, Berger MS, Chang SM, Prados MD, Lachance DH, O'Neill BP, Sicotte H, Eckel-Passow JE. Variants near TERT and TERC influencing telomere length are associated with high-grade glioma risk. Nat Genet. 2014 Jul; 46(7):731-5.
  14. Mandelli ML, Berger MS, Bucci M, Berman JI, Amirbekian B, Henry RG. Quantifying accuracy and precision of diffusion MR tractography of the corticospinal tract in brain tumors. J Neurosurg. 2014 Aug; 121(2):349-58.
  15. Hervey-Jumper SL, Berger MS. Role of surgical resection in low- and high-grade gliomas. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2014 Apr; 16(4):284.
  16. Han SJ, Rolston JD, Molinaro AM, Clarke JL, Prados MD, Chang SM, Berger MS, DeSilva A, Butowski NA. Phase II trial of 7 days on/7 days off temozolmide for recurrent high-grade glioma. Neuro Oncol. 2014 Sep; 16(9):1255-62.
  17. Safaee M, Oh MC, Mummaneni PV, Weinstein PR, Ames CP, Chou D, Berger MS, Parsa AT, Gupta N. Surgical outcomes in spinal cord ependymomas and the importance of extent of resection in children and young adults. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Apr; 13(4):393-9.
  18. Noble CO, Krauze MT, Drummond DC, Forsayeth J, Hayes ME, Beyer J, Hadaczek P, Berger MS, Kirpotin DB, Bankiewicz KS, Park JW. Pharmacokinetics, tumor accumulation and antitumor activity of nanoliposomal irinotecan following systemic treatment of intracranial tumors. Nanomedicine (Lond). 2014 Feb 4.
  19. Berger MS. Editorial: The fluorescein-guided technique. Neurosurg Focus. 2014 Feb; 36(2):E6.
  20. Berger MS. Editorial: Use of 5-aminolevulinic acid helps see the way beyond MRI. Neurosurg Focus. 2014 Feb; 36(2):E4.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.