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  • Baltimore, MD 21287

Zackary Berger

Faculty, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Zackary Berger, MD, PhD, is an associate professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In addition to his work as an internist and primary care physician, Dr. Berger is an associate faculty member in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and core faculty in the Evidence Based Practice Center as well as  the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research. He obtained a bachelors of science degree with honors from Caltech and an MD, as well as a PhD degree in Epidemiology, from the joint program at New York University. Thereafter he completed a primary care – internal medicine residency at New York University / Bellevue Hospital.

He maintains an active clinical practice in general internal medicine, with particular clinical expertise in chronic pain, the treatment of depression and anxiety, and coordination of cancer care. His research, clinical, and educational mission is to bridge evidence based medicine and shared decision making in the context of patient centered care: understanding how to accomplish this in the common case of uncertainty, clarifying the ethics of decision making, and describing empirically how shared decision making is and should be done. He has been funded by the Greenwall Foundation for Bioethics and is incoming Chair of the Evidence-Based Medicine Task Force of the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Berger is the clinical champion and co-founder of the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Practice team in the General Internal Medicine practice in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, and teaches with residents and medical students. He created and is teaching a novel course at the Berman Institute on the Ethics of Healthcare Decision Making, part of the Masters of Bioethics program at the BI.

He has published widely for the lay public. His first book TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR has been referred to as the “bible of doctor-patient communication,” and his second book, on bridging evidence-based medicine and patient-centered care, is in press. He has spoken nationally and internationally. His broader interests in the context of bioethics include Jewish bioethics and medical humanities.



BS, California Institute of Technology, 1995
PhD, New York University, 2005
MD, New York University School of Medicine, 2006

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