This past summer, internationally renowned pediatric cardiologist Stuart Berger, MD, joined Lurie Children’s as the Executive Director of the Heart Center. He also will serve as Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics focusing on clinical operations. Berger will also serve as a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Berger comes to Lurie Children’s from the University of California – Davis, where he was Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, as well as Vice Chair of Pediatrics. Prior to that, he was Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where he also led the Heart Center, Pediatric Heart Transplantation Program and the Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Program.
Berger has lectured extensively nationally and abroad, and holds leadership roles with the American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics. He also has launched a national program to teach warning signs of sudden cardiac death in youth and expand access to automated external defibrillators. His other clinical and research interests include congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, heart failure and interventional cardiac catheterization in children.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Berger completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago – Wyler Children’s Hospital, where he also completed a combined fellowship in pediatric cardiology and neonatology. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.