Nathan A. Berger, MD

Departments of Medicine, Biochemistry, Oncology, Genetics & Genome Sciences, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, USA

Dr. Berger is the Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine and Director of the Center for Science, Health and Society at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry, Oncology and Genetics and CWRU Distinguished University Professor.

Dr. Berger attended Temple University, Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, served his internship in Medicine at Michael Reese Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois and his residency in Medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. From 1968 to 1971 he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service and was a Research Associate at the NIH, NICHD Gerontology Research Center, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Baltimore, Maryland. He completed a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri and joined the faculty there before moving to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio as Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry and Director of the Hematology/Oncology Division. He became the founding Director of the Case Western Reserve University/Ireland Cancer Center which was awarded NCI Cancer Center status in 1987 and subsequently was designated an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine from 1995 to 2002. Since 2002, he has served as Director of the CWRU Center for Science, Health and Society.

Dr. Berger is an active researcher whose early research focused on laboratory and translational aspects of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase, DNA repair, stress proteins, and developmental therapeutics. His current research focuses on Transdisciplinary Studies in Energy Balance and Cancer and critical aspects of the relations between Aging, Obesity, Energy Balance and Cancer. He is co-director of the NIH funded Specialized Program on Research Excellence in Gastrointestinal Malignancies and on The Barrett’s Esophagus Research Network where he coordinates their pilot projects and career development programs. His laboratory is investigating the mechanisms by by which obesity accelerates and exercise controls cancer progression as well as development of strategies to disrupt these processes.

Dr. Berger’s practice of oncology is located in the Seidman Cancer Center of University Hospitals Case Medical Center and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has served on many NIH Study Sections and is currently a member of the Basic Mechanism of Cancer Therapy Study Section and also reviews for the NCI Outstanding Investigator Awards. Dr. Berger has over 200 publications and is Editor-In-Chief for the Springer Nature Book Series on Energy Balance and Cancer.

Dr. Berger is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians. He was recognized by Case Western Reserve University for his outstanding contributions by award of the 2007 Frank & Dorothy Hovorka Prize, the highest honor conferred by CWRU, for Exceptional Achievements in Teaching, Research and Scholarly Service. In 2010, he was recognized as CWRU SOM Honorary Medical Alumnus of The Year and in 2011, he was awarded a CWRU Distinguished University Professorship.