Photo of David L. Berger, MD

David L. Berger, MD


Accepting New Patients


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


General & Gastrointestinal Surgery


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Digestive Healthcare Center

Clinical Interests
  • Colon cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • GE junction cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Liver cancer
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gastric (stomach) cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Laparoscopic / Minimally invasive surgery
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital|Residency, Vanderbilt University Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Surgery
Foreign Languages
  • Dutch
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group

Edit Profile


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.

Edit Profile

Research & Publications


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Edit Profile

News & Events



Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Parkman Street
Boston MA, 02114-3117
Phone 1: 617-724-6980
Fax: 617-724-0067

Edit Profile

Back to Top