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Sigurd H. Berven


Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Sigurd H. Berven has a strong interest in the care of children and adults with spinal disorders. He has expertise in pediatric and adult deformities, degenerative conditions of the spine, spinal tumors and spinal trauma.

In research, Berven is interested in the assessment of outcomes for patients who have orthopedic surgery. He also studies minimally invasive techniques in spinal surgery, and he is exploring cellular and molecular techniques to biologically regenerate components of the spine, including the intervertebral disc.

Berven studied human biology as an undergraduate at Stanford University. He was a graduate student in philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and then completed his residency in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, which provides training at four major city hospitals. Next, he advanced his training in spine surgery as a clinical fellow at UCSF and in pediatric orthopedic surgery as chief resident at Boston Children's Hospital.

Often invited to speak at national and international conferences, Berven has lectured on topics including measurement of outcomes in spine surgery, evaluation and management of spinal disorders, and advanced techniques in spinal surgery.

  • Education

    Harvard Medical School, 1993

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Orthopedic Surgery

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Surgery

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    349 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 28, 2023
    Nov 14, 2023
    Very good
    Oct 31, 2023
    The resident also spent a good amount of time with me explaining. I thought the two worked well together making sure I had enough time overall for my visit but at the same time allowing Dr. Berven to step out to check in with another patient making efficient use of his time and keeping appointments on schedule.In the three years I have been seeing Dr. Berven this was probably the most smoothly things have gone from a time management point of view.
    Oct 19, 2023
    I leave the office with all of my questions answered and next steps for my future care/appointments.
    Sep 30, 2023
    The doctor patiently considered my concerns and ordered procedures that would provide him with needed data to determine the best treatment for me.
    Sep 07, 2023
    The doctor spent a great deal of time in collecting information from me reviewing my MRI trying to determine the cause of my back pain and leg pain. Extremely professional and thorough. I appreciate his thoroughness.
    Aug 31, 2023
    Dr. Berven was very thorough kind really walked us through his thought process. I appreciated his conservative "measure twice cut once" approach.
    Aug 21, 2023
    My issue seems to be very complex with no easy answer
    Aug 12, 2023
    Dr. Berven has been my doctor for over 17 years. He has had nothing but the best advice and has given me the best care. All his references to build my team of doctors have been excellent and trust is so important and what he has established.
    Aug 01, 2023
    PA and Dr. Ask questions listen and explain things thoroughly.
    Aug 01, 2023
    Dr. Berven is simply the BEST at what he does!
    Jul 24, 2023
    Jul 21, 2023
    My experiences with UCSF have been amazing
    Jul 12, 2023
    Dr. Berven has showed concern and empathy regarding my care from pre surgery to post surgery. Post surgical conditions were explained over the phone with greater understanding.
    Jun 27, 2023
    UCSF staff and Dr. Berven were extremely professional courteous and accommodating. I truly appreciate Dr. Bervens willingness to help me. I've been struggling with back pain for 5 years and he is the first I feel that is giving me the right direction and the first that wants to help me.
    Jun 24, 2023
    I would let them know that they have to be persistent in trying to contact health provider's office
    Jun 08, 2023
    Dr. Berven is an outstanding physician I am privileged to have! His surgical expertise saved me from paralysis and I am forever grateful
    Jun 07, 2023
    Dr. Berven became emotional and defensive to the point that we felt browbeaten. He stated that other surgeon recommend unnecessary surgeries. He dismissed the radiologist's evaluation of the cervical CT and MRI and said that he treats symptoms. However he did not address ALL of my symptoms leaving me with no place to turn to concerning disturbing symptoms. He did make an important recommendation about physical therapy which I am following. I explicitly stated several times that I understood and agreed with his explanations and recommendations. Despite my reassurances that I agreed with him he vehemently restated his opinions over and over again. He seemed overwrought and he left us alone in the exam room for several minutes. When he returned he was less agitated more composed and he continued the visit. We came away from this experience feeling disrespected.
    Jun 06, 2023
    I'd like to give Dr. Berven a higher rating than you provide!
    May 18, 2023
    Excellent and consistent
    May 18, 2023
    Dr. Berven and staff A+
    May 17, 2023
    Dr. Berven is a professional In every sense of the word.
    Apr 09, 2023
    Excellent surgeon and staff. Dr. Berven is superb and the most caring physician I have ever had or known. I would highly recommend him!
    Apr 07, 2023
    Dr. Berven is always very informative professional and empathetic. I would highly recommend him to others.
    Apr 04, 2023
    Dr. Berven was outstanding in patient concern care and consideration. He explained the procedure very well and answered all questions. Showed a great deal of respect for me as his patient.
    Mar 20, 2023
    Mar 18, 2023
    I am still concerned about one of my symptoms & I will follow up via My Chart messaging on Monday.
    Feb 28, 2023
    Dr Berven deals with serious issues but after discovering my cyst had not come back he still prescribed physical therapy for my pain and maybe an injection if pt does not work. No surgery!!
    Feb 25, 2023
    Dr. Talked to me but never answered me about what the MRI's or scan showed. Frustrating.
    Feb 18, 2023
    Great experience
    Feb 11, 2023
    Beyond exceptional listened to all my concerns and brought up items I didn't even consider. Very detailed and informative discussed everything in depth and detail.
    Feb 07, 2023
    Dr.Berven also will be addressing the Lipoma during his plan if care thanks for listening
    Dec 16, 2022
    I always recommend Dr. Berven
    Dec 08, 2022
    Dr Berven is the best!!
    Oct 25, 2022
    Dr. Berven is very thorough he listens to every concern and he takes his time with you and I've never felt rushed or unheard.
    Oct 20, 2022
    Tremendous appreciation to all
    Oct 13, 2022
    My experiences with Dr. Berven and his assistant has always been very good.
    Oct 03, 2022
    Any info I might have missed at the visit was available to me in the AVS and visit notes
    Oct 01, 2022
    Better than very good! So thankful for their time!
    Sep 04, 2022
    It is beyond refreshing to have a surgeon who doesn't rush to suggest surgery!!
    Sep 01, 2022
    Provider listened to me patiently and carefully described treatment options
    Aug 25, 2022
    The care provider gave me sufficient time and was patient regarding my hearing deficiency
    Aug 23, 2022
    I have complete trust in Dr. Berven. Not only has he performed my surgery 15 yrs ago he also took in my late husband performing his 4th lumbar surgery giving him quality of life for 10 years. I'm blessed to have him as my doctor.
    Aug 17, 2022
    Would never go any place else
    Aug 16, 2022
    From my experience I believe Dr. Berven truly cares about being a good provider for his patients and a good mentor/instructor .
    Aug 13, 2022
    Dr Berven is the best and would highly recommend him to anyone with back problems.
    Aug 11, 2022
    I like the doctor but getting in touch with staff is horrible holdvtimes awful and no return calls half the time
    Aug 07, 2022
    Thank you
    Aug 04, 2022
    He was rude during one question..instead of listening to my answer of his question he became angry thinking Inwas answering a work comp question. This was in front of a student Dr. After the student left the room his demeanor softened up. He was nice and kind.
    Aug 02, 2022
    The surgery I had done a year ago wasn't a success and created a new problem. Doctor never discussed this new problem with me or proposed how to fix it.
    Aug 01, 2022
    Dr Berven is always pleasant extremely knowledgeable through and always expresses care.
    Jul 30, 2022
    He's an excellent doctor that makes sure everything is covered and makes sure that all my concerns are addressed
    Jul 11, 2022
    Both the Doctor & PA patiently gave me detailed information on my spine problem & how it could be resolved with consistent physical therapy. I was dreading having to have surgery but the doctor explained and demonstrated how physical therapy could help me. I was so relieved that my condition could be corrected with proper physical therapy instead of surgery. The doctor himself demonstrated how certain types of physical therapy would correct my "hump" problem & this showed me his concern and compassion for helping me. He presented pictures of my past surgery results wherein I had a straight back & current pictures with my hump. This gave me hope & motive to go through consistent exercises In physical therapy. When I came to my appointment I was depressed about my condition but when I left I was thrilled that all would be okay and that I could get positive results with the treatment (physical therapy) option that he patiently explained to me.
    May 28, 2022
    Provider is always very thorough and caring.
    May 18, 2022
    Dr. Berven is usually excellent but on this day he seemed very rushed and a little distracted.
    Apr 25, 2022
    He clearly outlined the steps I need to take in order to return to full health!
    Apr 23, 2022
    Needed better recommendations for follow up care with other providers to alleviate my health concern. Left to navigate on my own where to go from here with serious issues.
    Apr 19, 2022
    Great service
    Apr 19, 2022
    Was patient helpful and understanding
    Apr 18, 2022
    The Dr. And all assistants were very pleasant.
    Apr 18, 2022
    Referral to another provider recommended which I accepted but am not sure about how to make an appointment with them or when I should receive a call or directions to make the appointment.
    Apr 17, 2022
    Doctor Berven was very engaged and showed concern for my ongoing problems and ordered an MRI to try and figure it out.
    Apr 14, 2022
    Very patient centered
    Apr 06, 2022
    I asked about how long I should wear the brace and never got an answer and when I asked about my neck nobody fully addressed that again.
    Apr 02, 2022
    Dr Berven is an outstanding surgeon with a wonderful patient centric demeanor. He has talented and friendly staff to boot.
    Mar 29, 2022
    There seems to be a very comprehensive system in place to address all of my concerns as a patient
    Mar 22, 2022
    Mar 21, 2022
    Dr Berven is a fantastic surgeon and human being. He went above and beyond to make my surgeries happen in a safe and timely manner.
    Mar 19, 2022
    Outstanding explanation of the issues and my options. I left feeling heard and understood. From the options and the pros and cons he provided about themI chose the treatment that seemed best for me now. Dr Berven has such deep knowledge and explains things so clearly and makes the patient feel valued.
    Mar 19, 2022
    Would have liked greater depth about post collision differences in my surgical outcome. Probably somewhat outside if the scope of the visit and suffering from a concussion I neglected to ask as many follow up questions.
    Mar 19, 2022
    I was hoping for a definitive decision but Dr. Berven ordered more tests.
    Mar 15, 2022
    Very informed
    Mar 08, 2022
    I have the utmost respect for dr. Berven; but in this instance he was unable to give me an explanation of what was causing the pain I was experiencing.
    Mar 05, 2022
    Very familiar with my condition and recommended remedies.
    Mar 01, 2022
    Dr Berven was thorough informative patient and respectful every step of the way.
    Feb 14, 2022
    The provider went over options I had and explained them to me. He also listened to possible options I presented to him and explained them to me...why and whether they could be effective or not.
    Feb 11, 2022
    Dr. Berven has always explained his reasoning for his treatment politely and has always treated me with respect.
    Feb 08, 2022
    All appropriate recommendations for a successful outcome.

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