Zackary Berger

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Zackary Berger, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In addition to his work as an internist and primary care physician, Dr. Berger is an associate faculty member in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and core faculty in the Evidence Based Practice Center as well as the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research. He obtained a bachelors of science degree with honors from Caltech and an MD, as well as a PhD degree in Epidemiology, from the joint program at New York University. Thereafter he completed a primary care – internal medicine residency at New York University / Bellevue Hospital.

He maintains an active clinical practice in general internal medicine, with particular clinical expertise in chronic pain, the treatment of depression and anxiety, and coordination of cancer care. His research expertise, the basis of more than 30 publications and 1 book, centers on patient-doctor communication, evidence-based medicine, patient-centered care, and social media, as well as systematic reviews and clinical bioethics. He has been funded by the Greenwall Foundation for Bioethics.

Dr. Berger is the clinical champion and co-founder of the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Practice team in the General Internal Medicine practice in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, and teaches with residents and medical students.

In addition, he has published widely for the lay public. His first book TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR has been referred to as the “bible of doctor-patient communication,” and his second book, on bridging evidence-based medicine and patient-centered care, is forthcoming. He has spoken nationally and internationally.