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Eric M. Berkson, MD

  • Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Berkson is a Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon who uses state-of-the-art arthroscopic techniques and a personal approach to care, accelerating the recovery of shoulder, elbow and knee injuries and restoring the highest levels of activity.



Clinical Interests
  • Shoulder, knee and elbow injuries
  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries
  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction
  • Cartilage restoration / cartilage repair
  • Patella (kneecap) dislocation
  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • Meniscus tear
  • Meniscus repair
  • Complex knee reconstruction (ACL, PCL, LCL)
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Sports injuries
  • Labral injuries and shoulder instability (SLAP, Bankart)
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Residency, Rush University Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Foxborough: Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center at Patriot Place
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
  • 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.

Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric
Provider Gender


Dr. Berkson received his BA Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University and received an MA in Computer Science from Brandeis University. He graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine with an MD with Honors in June 2000. He completed an internship in general surgery followed by an orthopaedic residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Berkson completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Berkson is a member of the MGH Sports Medicine Center and is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.   He is a team physician for the Boston Red Sox and Lowell Spinners and is a consultant for the New England Patriots.  He is the Head Team Physician for Wheaton College, Eastern Nazarene College, and Archbishop Williams High School. Dr. Berkson was recognized as an Emerging Leader by the American Orthopaedic Association.

Dr. Berkson is the Founding Director of the MGH Sports Performance Center.   The Center integrated state of the art technology with the clinical expertise of Mass General Sports Medicine physicians, certified athletic trainers, biomechanical engineers, therapists, cardiologists, nutritionists and certified strength and conditioning coaches.

Dr. Berkson specializes in advanced arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder, knee and elbow, and specializes in cartilage restoration procedures.  His current research interests include pitching injuries and studies of shoulder and elbow biomechanics.

Dr. Berkson recently went on WRKO to speak about preventing sports injuries.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Berkson's clinical and research interests include treatment of elbow and shoulder injuries in the throwing athlete, complex arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of elbow/shoulder/knee, rotator cuff repairs, and complex knee ligament and meniscus surgery.

Dr. Berkson actively researches clinical outcomes as well as shoulder elbow and knee biomechanics with an emphasis on pitching injuries and recovery. He has a research appointment at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he works with a research team to develop new technology to measure real-world biomechanics.

Dr. Berkson is the Director of the MGH Sports Performance Center, a program integrating state of the art technology with the clinical expertise of MGH Sports Medicine physicians, certified athletic trainers, biomechanists, physical therapists, nutritionists and certified strength and conditioning coaches to critically and scientifically analyze athletic activities and to maximize recovery from injury, prevent injuries, and enhance and optimize performance.

Dr. Berkson was identified as an Emerging Leader by the American Orthopaedic Association and recently was the recipient of the Nicols Foundation Young Researcher Award by the International Society of Arthroscopy.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events

  • MGH opens Sports Performance Center

    The Mass General Orthopædics Sports Performance Center, which opened June 4 next to Gillette Stadium at the Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center at Patriot Place in Foxborough.

  • Mass General Hospital Opens New Sports Performance Center

    This state-of-the-art facility combines the most advanced 3-D biomechanical imaging technology with the clinical expertise of Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Life as a Red Sox team physician

    The Sports Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital provides comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation to injured recreational, amateur and professional athletes—and non-athletes—at all levels of activity.


MGH Sports Medicine Center
175 Cambridge Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2723
Phone: 508-718-4035
Fax: 617-726-6950
Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center at Foxborough
20 Patriot Place
Foxboro, MA 02035
Phone: 508-718-4035
Fax: 508-718-4036

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