Heart of the Matter Expertise
101 N. Riverside Dr Unit 809
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 32168
(786) 908-2438

Thomas Jay Berger, MD, FCCP

Dr. Thomas Berger board certified as a cardiac surgeon in 1981, by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, has been invloved in over 300 medmal cases. His expertise includes aspects of cardiology and thoracic surgery, with special experience in litigation on traumatic rupture of the aorta, phrenic nerve injury and delayed or missed diagnosis of MI or aortic dissection.

Even as a medical student, at Tufts University, in Boston, Dr. Thomas J. Berger knew he wanted to be a heart surgeon. He spent four months of his senior year in Houston, Texas, where he scrubbed with Dr. Michael DeBakey and also trained with Dr. Robert D. Leachman, cardiologist to Dr. Denton Cooley. After medical school, Dr. Berger spent seven years in general and cardiac surgery residencies and research, with his mentor, the late Dr. John Kirklin. Dr. Kirklin is internationally revered as the pioneer of open-heart surgery, who was the first person ever to operate routinely with a heart-lung machine. Before completing his training, Dr. Berger contributed to the writing of Dr. Kirklin's widely respected textbook, CARDIAC SURGERY. Dr. Berger's work on this text is acknowledged in writing in its first edition.

After completing his training, Dr. Berger served his country for two years as a staff cardiac surgeon, at the Naval Regional Medical Center, in San Diego, where he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for, "Displaying exceptional technical skill in the field of open-heart surgery." During this time, Dr. Berger also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California in San Diego.

In 1980, Dr. Berger started his own heart surgery program in a small town in Montana, where heart surgery had never before been done. He helped to design the operating room and ICU from the blueprint stages; trained nurses and technicians, who had never treated heart surgery patients before; and set up "patient management programs" to assure consistency and excellence. Such standardization of care did not come into general use, as "care paths," until decades late. By 1990, Dr. Berger's program was recognized in the Wall Street Journal as being tied for the lowest mortality in the nation for Medicare coronary bypass operations.

In 1997, Dr. Berger returned to academic medicine as Chief of, not only cardiac surgery, but all surgery at a Duke affiliated hospital, where he held the academic appointment of Associate Consulting Professor of Surgery with Duke University Medical Center. In this position, Dr. Berger was responsible for the training of Duke residents and fellows in cardiac surgery and other surgical subspecialties, when they rotated through his hospital.

Due to a medical problem with his vision, Dr. Berger is no longer in the active practice of cardiac surgery. He continues, however, to put his education, training and experience to good use assuring that the truth will be fearlessly exposed and cogently explained in every case in which he becomes involved.

Dr. Berger has also taken a strong stand, within the medical community, for an ethical approach to expert witness testimony, which will not compromise the right of any injured person to legal redress.

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