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David L. Berger, MD


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Dr. Berger is a colorectal and gastrointestinal Surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital Division of General Surgery and  an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.


General & Gastrointestinal Surgery


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Digestive Healthcare Center

Clinical Interests
  • Colon cancer
  • GE junction cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Colon and rectal polyps
  • Liver cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gastric (stomach) cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Laparoscopic / Minimally invasive surgery
  • Hernia surgery
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital|Residency, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Surgery
Foreign Languages
  • Dutch
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Waltham: Mass General Waltham
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • 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
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • 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
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. David Berger is a colorectal and gastrointestinal Surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital Division of General Surgery and  an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Berger's  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.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Most recent research involves clinical outcomes of colon and rectal cancer.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events


Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-724-6980
Fax: 617-724-0067
MGH Waltham Cancer Center
52 Second Ave
Suite 1110
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-487-6100
Fax: 781-487-6201

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