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Mitchel Berger


Director, Brain Tumor Center

Dr. Mitchel S. Berger is a nationally recognized expert in treating brain and spinal cord tumors as well as tumor-related epilepsy in adults and children. He also is a specialist in brain mapping techniques – used to identify and preserve areas of motor, sensory and language function during surgery – and an expert in using the Gamma Knife, a precise, noninvasive tool that applies radiation beams for tumor treatment. He is director of the Brain Tumor Center, director of the Center for Neurological Injury and Repair and co-director of the Adult Brain Tumor Surgery Program.

Berger earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard College in 1975 and his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 1979. He completed an internship and a residency at UCSF, and was awarded a clinical fellowship in neuro-oncology by the American Cancer Society and a research fellowship by 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, an affiliate of the University of Toronto.

Berger was elected to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons' board of directors and appointed to the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

  • 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

  • Board Certifications

    Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    84 Ratings
    About our process
    Oct 25, 2022
    Care provider discussed and guided in the most friendly way. I will recommend this care provider to all.
    Sep 20, 2022
    Dr. Berger reviewed the MRI with me and explained why surgery was recommended. Risks and benefits were explained and all my questions were clearly answered. He took his time and didn't rush the visit at all.
    Jul 09, 2022
    Amazing care and information
    Feb 08, 2022
    Dr Berger is a excellent caring doctor
    May 23, 2021
    Dr. Berger is EXCELLENT - made us feel comfortable and confident in managing a very complex and challenging condition