Dr. Alexander Arkin Berger is a urogynecologist, a specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in treating women with pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse, such as cystocele, rectocele, and uterine and vaginal prolapse. He also treats urinary incontinence; fecal incontinence; rectal, vaginal and urinary fistulas; overactive bladder; stress urinary incontinence; and other forms of lower urinary tract dysfunction. His clinical approach is patient-centered, and he integrates surgical and nonsurgical management of these conditions, including state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive approaches to treating pelvic organ prolapse, such as robotic, laparoscopic and vaginal approaches. He has specialized training in uterine preservation and, in addition, uses nonsurgical approaches, including physical therapy, medication, Botox bladder injections, sacral neuromodulation and posterior tibial nerve stimulation. He offers both mesh and non-mesh treatment approaches to pelvic floor disorders and has extensive experience in urodynamic testing and interpretation.
Berger's research focuses on improving the health of women with pelvic floor disorders. As a clinician-scientist with a master's degree in public health and a focus on clinical research and prevention, he has the unique perspective of understanding the clinical and public health implications of basic science, public health and clinical research. His research interests include value-based care and surgical quality and safety enhancement in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, enhanced recovery after surgery and patient experience improvement. He has collaborated on and advanced the scientific literature on surgical outcomes and patient care after urogynecologic surgery, with publications in Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, International Urogynecology Journal, and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. His research has been featured on the podcast "Obstetrics and Gynecology Perspectives," and he has presented his research findings internationally and domestically.
Berger received his bachelor's degree with distinction in psychology as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina. He earned his combined medical and master of public health degrees from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health. He then completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University and a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the University of California – Kaiser Permanente, San Diego.
Berger has a strong commitment to the teaching of medical students, residents and fellows, and has been recognized with teaching awards at the University of North Carolina and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He mentors trainees and researchers at UCSF and throughout the country through his work with the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and Society of Gynecologic Surgery (SGS). He advises the Fellows' Pelvic Research Network of SGS/AUGS, which leads multicenter trials to advance the care of women with pelvic floor disorders. He has been awarded for his scholarship, teaching and leadership by ACOG, AUGS and SGS.
University of North Carolina, MD, 2013
University of North Carolina, MPH, 2013
Thomas Jefferson University, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2017
University of California – Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, 2020