Mitchel S. Berger, MD

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Mitchel S. Berger, MD

Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery, and Director, Brain Tumor Research Center, UCSF
Berthold and Belle N. Guggenhime Professorship, UCSF

bergerm@neurosurg.ucsf.edu

Phone: (415) 353-3933 (academic); (415) 353-7500 (clinic)
Box 0112, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0112

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Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » Neurologic Oncology

Research Summary

Dr. Berger's main clinical interests are the treatment of brain tumors in adults and children and of epilepsy related to brain tumors. He has extensive expertise in intraoperative mapping of the brain to identify the sites of motor, sensory, and language function and thereby avoid their involvement or injury during surgery.

Dr. Berger is Director of the Neuro-Oncology Surgery Program. His current research interests involve identifying molecular markers in gliomas as correlates of tumor progression and prognosis. He also works in conjunction with Dr. Krys Bankiewicz to test small molecule inhibitors in brain tumors using convection enhanced delivery. Other collaborations include functional mapping localization of language pathways in the brain in conjunction with Dr. Robert Knight and the Cognitive Neuroscience Graduate Program at UC Berkeley. Dr. Berger is currently the Principal Investigator of UCSF's SPORE Brain Tumor Program. He is also the Principal Investigator of a Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Institute award to study the origins and treatment of pediatric brain tumors.

Education

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, A.B., 1975, Social Psychology
University of Miami, Miami, FL, M.D., 1979, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, CA (UCSF), Dept. of Neurological Surgery, Brain Tumor Research Center (BTRC) Research Fellow 1983 - 1984 Neurosurgery
UCSF, BTRC, Neuro-Oncology Service, Clinical Fellow, 7/85 - 12/85, Neurosurgery
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellow, 1/86 - 6/86, Neurosurgery


Professional Experience

  • 1980 - 1982
    Residency, Dept. of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA (UCSF)
  • 1986 - 1992
    Asst. Professor, Dept. of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 1990 - 1992
    Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 1995 - 1992
    American Cancer Society Prof. of Clinical Oncology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 1996 - 1992
    Professor, Dept. of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 1997 - present
    Professor and Chair, Dept. of Neurological Surgery, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 1997 - present
    Director, Brain Tumor Research Center, Dept. of Neurological Surgery, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1997-Present
    Joint Section on Tumors Advisory Council, American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • 1997-1999
    Vice-President, Congress of Neurological Surgeons; President, Society for Neuro-Oncology
  • 2002-Present
    America’s Top Doctors, peer-nominated referral index from Castle Connolly
  • 2006
    Tumor Section, 2006 Ronald L. Bittner Lecturer; 2006 Farber Award Winner
  • 2007–Present
    Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • 2007–Present
    Member of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons
  • 2010
    Vice-President, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • 2011
    President Elect, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • 2012
    President, American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Selected Publications

  1. Winkler EA, Yue JK, Burke JF, Chan AK, Dhall SS, Berger MS, Manley GT, Tarapore PE. Adult sports-related traumatic brain injury in United States trauma centers. Neurosurg Focus. 2016 Apr; 40(4):E4.
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  2. Yue JK, Winkler EA, Burke JF, Chan AK, Dhall SS, Berger MS, Manley GT, Tarapore PE. Pediatric sports-related traumatic brain injury in United States trauma centers. Neurosurg Focus. 2016 Apr; 40(4):E3.
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  3. Ban VS, Bailes JE, Berger MS, Vaccaro AR, Hunt Batjer H. Introduction: Sports injuries: diagnosis and management strategies. Neurosurg Focus. 2016 Apr; 40(4):E2.
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  4. Drilon A, Li G, Dogan S, Gounder M, Shen R, Arcila M, Wang L, Hyman DM, Hechtman J, Wei G, Cam NR, Christiansen J, Luo D, Maneval EC, Bauer T, Patel M, Liu SV, Ou SH, Farago A, Shaw A, Shoemaker RF, Lim J, Hornby Z, Multani P, Ladanyi M, Berger M, Katabi N, Ghossein R, Ho AL. What hides behind the MASC: clinical response and acquired resistance to entrectinib after ETV6-NTRK3 identification in a mammary analogue secretory carcinoma (MASC). Ann Oncol. 2016 May; 27(5):920-6.
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  5. Dasgupta T, Olow AK, Yang X, Hashizume R, Nicolaides TP, Tom M, Aoki Y, Berger MS, Weiss WA, Stalpers LJ, Prados M, James CD, Mueller S, Haas-Kogan DA. Erratum to: Survival advantage combining a BRAF inhibitor and radiation in BRAF V600E-mutant glioma. J Neurooncol. 2016 Feb; 126(3):395.
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  6. Berger MS, Weller M. Preface. Handb Clin Neurol. 2016; 134:ix.
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  7. Berger MS, Hervey-Jumper S, Wick W. Astrocytic gliomas WHO grades II and III. Handb Clin Neurol. 2016; 134:345-60.
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  8. Imber BS, Braunstein SE, Wu FY, Nabavizadeh N, Boehling N, Weinberg VK, Tihan T, Barnes M, Mueller S, Butowski NA, Clarke JL, Chang SM, McDermott MM, Prados MD, Berger MS, Haas-Kogan DA. Clinical outcome and prognostic factors for central neurocytoma: twenty year institutional experience. J Neurooncol. 2016 Jan; 126(1):193-200.
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  9. Tarapore PE, Picht T, Bulubas L, Shin Y, Kulchytska N, Meyer B, Berger MS, Nagarajan SS, Krieg SM. Safety and tolerability of navigated TMS for preoperative mapping in neurosurgical patients. Clin Neurophysiol. 2016 Mar; 127(3):1895-900.
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  10. Englot DJ, Magill ST, Han SJ, Chang EF, Berger MS, McDermott MW. Seizures in supratentorial meningioma: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Neurosurg. 2016 Jun; 124(6):1552-61.
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  11. Walsh KM, Codd V, Rice T, Nelson CP, Smirnov IV, McCoy LS, Hansen HM, Elhauge E, Ojha J, Francis SS, Madsen NR, Bracci PM, Pico AR, Molinaro AM, Tihan T, Berger MS, Chang SM, Prados MD, Jenkins RB, Wiemels JL, Telomere Group EC, Samani NJ, Wiencke JK, Wrensch MR. Longer genotypically-estimated leukocyte telomere length is associated with increased adult glioma risk. Oncotarget. 2015 Dec 4.
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  12. Lerner RG, Grossauer S, Kadkhodaei B, Meyers I, Sidorov M, Koeck K, Hashizume R, Ozawa T, Phillips JJ, Berger MS, Nicolaides T, James CD, Petritsch CK. Targeting a Plk1-Controlled Polarity Checkpoint in Therapy-Resistant Glioblastoma-Propagating Cells. Cancer Res. 2015 Dec 15; 75(24):5355-66.
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  13. Lau D, Hervey-Jumper SL, Chang S, Molinaro AM, McDermott MW, Phillips JJ, Berger MS. A prospective Phase II clinical trial of 5-aminolevulinic acid to assess the correlation of intraoperative fluorescence intensity and degree of histologic cellularity during resection of high-grade gliomas. J Neurosurg. 2016 May; 124(5):1300-9.
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  14. Southwell DG, Hervey-Jumper SL, Perry DW, Berger MS. Intraoperative mapping during repeat awake craniotomy reveals the functional plasticity of adult cortex. J Neurosurg. 2016 May; 124(5):1460-9.
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  15. Meng L, Berger MS, Gelb AW. The Potential Benefits of Awake Craniotomy for Brain Tumor Resection: An Anesthesiologist's Perspective. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2015 Oct; 27(4):310-7.
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  16. Hervey-Jumper SL, Berger MS. Technical nuances of awake brain tumor surgery and the role of maximum safe resection. J Neurosurg Sci. 2015 Dec; 59(4):351-60.
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  17. Dasgupta T, Olow AK, Yang X, Hashizume R, Nicolaides TP, Tom M, Aoki Y, Berger MS, Weiss WA, Stalpers LJ, Prados M, David James C, Mueller S, Haas-Kogan DA. Survival advantage combining a BRAF inhibitor and radiation in BRAF V600E-mutant glioma. J Neurooncol. 2016 Feb; 126(3):385-93.
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  18. Sughrue M, Kane A, Rutkowski MJ, Berger MS, McDermott MW. Meningiomas of the Anterior Clinoid Process: Is It Wise to Drill Out the Optic Canal? Cureus. 2015; 7(9):e321.
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  19. Benet A, Hervey-Jumper SL, Sánchez JJ, Lawton MT, Berger MS. Surgical assessment of the insula. Part 1: surgical anatomy and morphometric analysis of the transsylvian and transcortical approaches to the insula. J Neurosurg. 2016 Feb; 124(2):469-81.
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  20. Hervey-Jumper SL, Li J, Osorio JA, Lau D, Molinaro AM, Benet A, Berger MS. Surgical assessment of the insula. Part 2: validation of the Berger-Sanai zone classification system for predicting extent of glioma resection. J Neurosurg. 2016 Feb; 124(2):482-8.
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