Professor and Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Director, Women’s Cancer Center
Stanford Cancer Center
Dr. Berek is Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine, the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, as well as Director of the Women’s Cancer Center at the Stanford Cancer Center.
Dr. Berek is known for his expertise in gynecologic oncology and pelvic reconstructive surgery, and for his research in ovarian cancer as well as the immunology and immunotherapy of gynecologic malignancies. His primary areas of interest are in the development of novel therapies and vaccines for cancer, and stem cell investigations on ovarian cancer. He has contributed over 400 publications to the scientific literature. He is the Group Chair and Principal Investigator of the Cooperative Group for Immunotherapy in Ovarian Cancer (COGI), funded by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF).
Before joining Stanford in December of 2005, Dr. Berek spent more than two decades at UCLA where he was Chair of the College of Applied Anatomy at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the Gynecology Service, Director of the UCLA Women’s Reproductive Cancer Program, and Chief of Staff of the UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Berek received an undergraduate degree in 1970 from Brown University in English and American Literature/Theatre Arts and Dramatic Literature, and an M.M.S. in Biomedical Sciences in 1973 from Brown. After receiving his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1975, he completed an internship, residency, and fellowship at Harvard Medical School, the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He completed his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1981. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, and Sigma Xi Honor Societies.
Well respected in the fields of gynecology and gynecologic oncology, Dr. Berek has repeatedly appeared on lists of America’s Top Doctors and Cancer Specialists and in Who’s Who compilations. Dr. Berek is well known as an author, having written 10 books, most notably two of the most popular textbooks in his specialty, Berek & Novak’s Gynecology, and Berek & Hacker’s Gynecologic Oncology.
Dr. Berek is the President-elect of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society. His many awards include the Sherman Mellinkoff Faculty Award and the Excellence in Education Award, both from UCLA, and he is a six-time recipient of the UCLA Excellence in Teaching Award. He received the President’s Award from the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, and he was named to the prestigious Bethesda II and III committees of the National Institutes of Health. In 2007, he was nominated for Time magazine’s Person of the Year.