North Shore-LIJ names Dr. Peter B. Berger senior vice president of clinical research: 6 things to know

Peter B. Berger, MD, has been named senior vice president of clinical research for Great Neck, N.Y.-based North Shore-LIJ Health System, according to an announcement sent to health system employees.

Here are six things to know about Dr. Berger.

1. In his new role, Dr. Berger will be coordinating the expansion of existing infrastructure to grow clinical research efficiently across all of North Shore-LIJ's facilities and outpatient practices.  As part of this effort, he will work with the health system's clinician investigators to facilitate their work, as well as key leaders in clinical strategy and development to help ensure the health system moves quickly from the development of new knowledge to its application at the bedside, according to North Shore-LIJ. In addition, Dr. Berger will work to make it easier for patients to participate in research studies so they may benefit from earlier access to new devices, drugs and treatments.

2. Dr. Berger, a renowned interventional cardiologist, will also be conducting clinical work in the catheterization laboratory at Manhasset, N.Y.-based North Shore University Hospital, and participating in the teaching programs with the cardiology fellows.

3. Prior to joining North Shore-LIJ, Dr. Berger worked for nine years at Danville, Pa,-based Geisinger Health System as chairman of cardiology and co-director for the Geisinger Heart & Vascular Institute, as well as the director of Geisinger's CardiovascularCenter for Clinical Research. Before that, he was a professor of medicine and the director of interventional cardiology at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and co-director of cardiovascular device research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.  Earlier, Dr. Berger was a professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., and director of Mayo's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Interventional Databank Group for 14 years.

4. Dr. Berger is the author of more than 300 peer reviewed publications, has received several teaching awards and numerous research grants, conducted extensive cardiac research and given hundreds of national and international presentations.

5. He has served on and chaired the American Heart Association Committee on Diagnostic and Interventional Catheterization, and served on the Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Cardiology Committees of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention.  He has been a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine that writes the interventional cardiology board exam. He also has been a member of the editorial boards and a manuscript reviewer for leading cardiology journals.  

6. Dr. Berger received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York City. He completed his residency and fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Boston City Hospital and Boston University Medical Center.


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