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David L. Berger, MD

Dr. Berger is a colorectal and gastrointestinal Surgeon in the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of General Surgery, an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Director of the MGH Colorectal Surgery Center

  • Phone: 617-724-6980
General and Gastrointestinal Surgery
Department of Surgery


  • Cancer Center
  • Liver Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Digestive Healthcare Center
  • Liver Center
  • Colorectal Center
Clinical Interests
Colon cancer
Rectal cancer
GE junction cancer
Liver cancer
Gallbladder disease
Gastric (stomach) cancer
Minimally invasive (laparoscopic surgery)
Pancreatic cancer
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Residency, Vanderbilt University Hospital
Board Certifications
Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Berger currently serves as the Director of the Colo-Rectal Program of the Digestive Healthcare Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical interests are in surgical oncology including cancers of the colon, rectum, liver, pancreas, stomach and GE junction. He also sees many patients with gallbladder disease, diverticulitis and gastrointestinal stromal (GIST) tumors. Dr. Berger performs a high volume of operations -  more than 800 per year - many of which are performed laparoscopically (minimally invasive surgery).

Dr. Berger was raised in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He attended Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Berger completed his residency in Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and served a year as the Chief Resident at the hospital; He completed a year of fellowship training in Nashville, Tennessee before returning to join the surgical staff at Mass General.

Dr. Berger serves on several national committees and on the executive council of the New England Surgical Society. In addition, he serves as the general surgical consultant for the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins and the Boston Red Sox. Dr. Berger has written more than 30 original articles and book chapters and is the editor of the Oxford American Handbook of Surgery published in 2009.

Trailer for Boston Med

Trailer for the eight-part documentary featuring clinicians at Mass General.

Q&A with David Berger, MD

David Berger, MD, an MGH colorectal and gastrointestinal surgeon, answers some questions about "Boston Med."

In General 03.04.11

In General Awards and Honors

Mass General saves patient with "incurable" tumor

David Berger, MD, surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, performs life-saving complex surgery on patient with a massive liver tumor.

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