Michael F. Berger, PhD

Michael F. Berger, PhD

Geneticist

Titles

Co-Director, Marie-Josée & Henry R. Kravis Center for Molecular Oncology; Attending, Molecular Diagnostics Service, Department of Pathology

Clinical Expertise

Genomics and Computational Biology

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Berger accepts the following list of insurance providers. Select your insurance provider to see more details.

Aetna

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (City of NY retirees only, starting 7/1/23)

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield New York

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield states outside of NY/NJ

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO PPO, POS

Blue Cross Health Plus

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Carrum Health

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): Supplemental

Cigna

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

Connecticare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem Essential

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Emblem Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO, DSN

Empire Essential

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Empire Plan / NYSHIP (Blue Cross/UnitedHealthcare split plan)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Fidelis

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO

Fidelis Managed Medicaid & HARP

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Fidelis Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

First Health

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Healthfirst

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO, HMO, PPO, POS

Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, PPO

Healthsmart

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (HMO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (PPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier I (EPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier II (EPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO

Horizon Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

Husky CT Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Magnacare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): Federal Government

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): Supplemental

MVP

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO/OAP

Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

Payor Type: Other
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus for City Employees

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): TBD

Oscar

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO/EPO

Oxford

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, EPO

Qualcare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

Straight NJ Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Straight NY Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Tricare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

UMR

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS

United Healthcare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

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About Me

Education

PhD, Harvard University

Fellowships

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

I am Associate Director of the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Molecular Oncology and an assistant attending geneticist in the Department of Pathology. I have expertise in cancer genetics, computational biology, and high-throughput DNA sequencing technology. My research is focused on developing and applying methods of profiling tumor DNA in order to characterize the genetic makeup of individual cancers. Knowledge of patient-specific genetic mutations can be used to predict outcomes and inform treatment options, ultimately enabling more personalized cancer medicine.

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With recent innovations in DNA sequencing technology, one can cheaply and quickly capture the relevant genomic information in an individual patient’s tumor. In collaboration with oncologists, pathologists, and other translational researchers, I am leveraging the extensive institutional collection of annotated tumor specimens spanning all cancer subtypes to identify novel, clinically useful biomarkers that may correlate with outcomes or predict responses to novel therapeutic agents. As a member of the Molecular Diagnostics Service, I helped lead the development of a robust molecular profiling platform and accompanying analysis pipeline for use in clinical trials and real-time patient management. Altogether, these activities aim to improve clinical practice by empowering oncologists to make treatment decisions informed by the molecular composition of their patients’ tumors.

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Research and Publications

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Development of Genome-Derived Tumor Type Prediction to Inform Clinical Cancer Care. Penson A, Camacho N, Zheng Y, Varghese AM, Al-Ahmadie H, Razavi P, Chandarlapaty S, Vallejo CE, Vakiani E, Gilewski T, Rosenberg JE, Shady M, Tsui DWY, Reales DN, Abeshouse A, Syed A, Zehir A, Schultz N, Ladanyi M, Solit DB, Klimstra DS, Hyman DM, Taylor BS, Berger MF. JAMA Oncol. 2019 Nov 14.

Srinivasan P, Bandlamudi C, Jonsson P, Kemel Y, Chavan SS, Richards AL, Penson AV, Bielski CM, Fong C, Syed A, Jayakumaran G, Prasad M, Hwee J, Sumer SO, de Bruijn I, Li X, Gao J, Schultz N, Cambria R, Galle J, Mukherjee S, Vijai J, Cadoo KA, Carlo MI, Walsh MF, Mandelker D, Ceyhan-Birsoy O, Shia J, Zehir A, Ladanyi M, Hyman DM, Zhang L, Offit K, Robson ME, Solit DB, Stadler ZK, Berger MF, Taylor BS. The context-specific role of germline pathogenicity in tumorigenesis. Nat Genet. 2021 Nov;53(11):1577-1585. doi: 10.1038/s41588-021-00949-1. Epub 2021 Nov 5.

Development of Genome-Derived Tumor Type Prediction to Inform Clinical Cancer Care. Penson A, Camacho N, Zheng Y, Varghese AM, Al-Ahmadie H, Razavi P, Chandarlapaty S, Vallejo CE, Vakiani E, Gilewski T, Rosenberg JE, Shady M, Tsui DWY, Reales DN, Abeshouse A, Syed A, Zehir A, Schultz N, Ladanyi M, Solit DB, Klimstra DS, Hyman DM, Taylor BS, Berger MF. JAMA Oncol. 2019 Nov 14.

Tracking tumour evolution in glioma through liquid biopsies of cerebrospinal fluid. Miller AM, Shah RH, Pentsova EI, Pourmaleki M, Briggs S, Distefano N, Zheng Y, Skakodub A, Mehta SA, Campos C, Hsieh WY, Selcuklu SD, Ling L, Meng F, Jing X, Samoila A, Bale TA, Tsui DWY, Grommes C, Viale A, Souweidane MM, Tabar V, Brennan CW, Reiner AS, Rosenblum M, Panageas KS, DeAngelis LM, Young RJ, Berger MF*, Mellinghoff IK*. Nature. 2019 Jan;565(7741):654-658.

Jonsson P, Lin AL, Young RJ, DiStefano NM, Hyman DM, Li BT, Berger MF, Zehir A, Ladanyi M, Solit DB, Arnold AG, Stadler ZK, Mandelker D, Goldberg ME, Chmielecki J, Pourmaleki M, Ogilvie SQ, Chavan SS, McKeown AT, Manne M, Hyde A, Beal K, Yang TJ, Nolan CP, Pentsova E, Omuro A, Gavrilovic IT, Kaley TJ, Diamond EL, Stone JB, Grommes C, Boire A, Daras M, Piotrowski AF, Miller AM, Gutin PH, Chan TA, Tabar VS, Brennan CW, Rosenblum M, DeAngelis LM, Mellinghoff IK, Taylor BS. Genomic Correlates of Disease Progression and Treatment Response in Prospectively Characterized Gliomas. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Sep 15;25(18):5537-5547. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-19-0032. Epub 2019 Jul 1. PMCID: PMC6753053.

Widespread Selection for Oncogenic Mutant Allele Imbalance in Cancer. Bielski CM, Donoghue MTA, Gadiya M, Hanrahan AJ, Won HH, Chang MT, Jonsson P, Penson AV, Gorelick A, Harris C, Schram AM, Syed A, Zehir A, Chapman PB, Hyman DM, Solit DB, Shannon K, Chandarlapaty S, Berger MF, Taylor BS. Cancer Cell. 2018; 34(5):852-862.e4.

Evaluating Cancer of the Central Nervous System Through Next-Generation Sequencing of Cerebrospinal Fluid. Pentsova EI, Shah RH, Tang J, Boire A, You D, Briggs S, Omuro A, Lin X, Fleisher M, Grommes C, Panageas KS, Meng F, Selcuklu SD, Ogilvie S, Distefano N, Shagabayeva L, Rosenblum M, DeAngelis LM, Viale A, Mellinghoff IK, Berger MF. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2016; 34(20):2404-15.

Therapy-Related Clonal Hematopoiesis in Patients with Non-hematologic Cancers Is Common and Associated with Adverse Clinical Outcomes. Coombs CC, Zehir A, Devlin SM, Kishtagari A, Syed A, Jonsson P, Hyman DM, Solit DB, Robson ME, Baselga J, Arcila ME, Ladanyi M, Tallman MS, Levine RL*, Berger MF*. Cell Stem Cell. 2017; 21(3):374-382.e4.

Mutational landscape of metastatic cancer revealed from prospective clinical sequencing of 10,000 patients. Zehir A, Benayed R, Shah RH, Syed A, Middha S, Kim HR, Srinivasan P, Gao J, Chakravarty D, Devlin SM, Hellmann MD, Barron DA, Schram AM, Hameed M, Dogan S, Ross DS, Hechtman JF, DeLair DF, Yao J, Mandelker DL, Cheng DT, Chandramohan R, Mohanty AS, Ptashkin RN, Jayakumaran G, Prasad M, Syed MH, Rema AB, Liu ZY, Nafa K, Borsu L, Sadowska J, Casanova J, Bacares R, Kiecka IJ, Razumova A, Son JB, Stewart L, Baldi T, Mullaney KA, Al-Ahmadie H, Vakiani E, Abeshouse AA, Penson AV, Jonsson P, Camacho N, Chang MT, Won HH, Gross BE, Kundra R, Heins ZJ, Chen HW, Phillips S, Zhang H, Wang J, Ochoa A, Wills J, Eubank M, Thomas SB, Gardos SM, Reales DN, Galle J, Durany R, Cambria R, Abida W, Cercek A, Feldman DR, Gounder MM, Hakimi AA, Harding JJ, Iyer G, Janjigian YY, Jordan EJ, Kelly CM, Lowery MA, Morris LGT, Omuro AM, Raj N, Razavi P, Shoushtari AN, Shukla N, Soumerai TE, Varghese AM, Yaeger R, Coleman J, Bochner B, Riely GJ, Saltz LB, Scher HI, Sabbatini PJ, Robson ME, Klimstra DS, Taylor BS, Baselga J, Schultz N, Hyman DM, Arcila ME, Solit DB, Ladanyi M, Berger MF. Nature Medicine. 2017; 23(6):703-713.

Publications on PubMed

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Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

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Michael F. Berger discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • AstraZeneca
    Provision of Services
  • Eli Lilly and Company
    Provision of Services
  • JCO Precision Oncology
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)
  • Journal of Molecular Diagnostics
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)
  • Journal of Visualized Experiments
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)
  • PetDx, Inc.
    Provision of Services

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