Nathan A. Berger, MD

Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine


Case Western Reserve University


Nathan A. Berger, M.D. is the Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine and Director of the Center for Science, Health and Society. He is Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Oncology at Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he received his A.B. from Temple University in 1962 and his M.D. from Hahnemann Medical College in 1966. He 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 subsequently completed a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. In 1974 he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Hematology/Oncology Division, Department of Medicine, and Washington University School of Medicine and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1979.

Dr. Berger came to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry and Director of the Hematology/Oncology Division in 1983. He built an outstanding hematology/oncology division with research focused on cellular, biochemical, and molecular responses to DNA damage, how these processes differ between normal and transformed cells, how their aberrations result in cell death and malignant transformation and how they can be modulated to enhance therapeutic strategies. With an expanded faculty these programs have lead to the development of important translational initiatives in carcinogenesis and developmental therapeutics. In 1985, Dr. Berger 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.  Dr. Berger is Principal Investigator on two major grants funded by the National Cancer Institute; 1) CASE Center for Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer, and 2) Aging-Cancer Research Program Development. He also is co-director of the Aging and Cancer Research Program at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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