Loretta K. Berger

Loretta K. Berger

M.D., MSc, MA

Assistant Dean, Clinical Medicine

Biography:

Courses: Introduction to telemedicine 

Dr. Loretta Berger has extensive experience working as a clinician, researcher, manager, and educator. Her background also includes many years of engagement in a range of strategic planning, business, and economic development activities on the international level, including significant time working overseas. 

Dr. Loretta Berger is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College with a master’s degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), an MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and a master’s degree in health services research from the Boston University School of Public Health. After residency, Dr. Berger completed an Academic Primary Care Medicine Fellowship, and a second residency in Preventive Medicine and General Public Health at Boston Medical Center. She is board-certified in both Family and Preventive Medicine.  

Dr. Berger has focused on providing high quality, cost-effective, and patient-centered care in a variety of clinical settings, with emphasis on serving mostly disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable populations. She was most recently with the Boston-area Veterans Health Administration,  followed by the Harvard- and Tufts-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance before transitioning to telemedicine several years ago. Her medical areas of interest include endocrinology with a focus on Type 1 (often known as “juvenile”) diabetes, allergy and immunology, geriatrics and sports medicine. Her health services areas of interest center around health economics and efficiency, affordability, and accessibility of universal coverage and optimal care. Dr. Berger’s clinical and research involvement has extended to France, Italy, Germany, and Cuba. 

In her free time, Dr. Berger has dabbled as a marathon runner and solo world traveller.


  • Health Services Research
  • Clinical Family and Preventive Medicine
  • Telemedicine
  • Type 1 Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • American Cancer Society Physician Training Award in Cancer Prevention 
  • Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society, University of Pittsburgh Chapter 
  • David C. Martin Award in Geriatrics
  • American Geriatrics Society Student Award for Outstanding Personal Initiative and Research 
  • Certificate in Geriatrics 
  • Certificate of Merit in Biomedical Research 
  • The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship for Future American Leaders 
  • Magna cum Laude 
  • Crane Prize in Russian 
  • Atherton Prize in Ancient Greek 
  • Xerox Grant for Independent Research 
  • Mandated Benefit Review of House Bill 977: An Act Relative to Providing Care of Patients with Mitochondrial Disease, Sep 2013, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis.
  • Height loss, vertebral fractures, and the misclassification of osteoporosis, Sep 2010, Bone. 
  • Health Services and Economics
  • Universal Coverage
  • Affordability and Cost-Effectiveness
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • International Cooperation
  • The effect of health insurance plan type on initial colorectal cancer screening, Feb 2014, Accepted as Poster Presentation, Annual Meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine 
  • Factors associated with mammography screening in four contiguous U.S. states, Jun 2013, Poster Presentation, Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth 
  • Redefining cost and quality: the intersection of consumer decision-making, science, and art, Jun 2013, Poster Presentation, Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth 
  • Can height loss predict the presence of silent vertebral fractures or osteoporosis in older patients? May 2005, Poster Presentation, Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society 
  • Does bone density screening miss clinical osteoporosis in older patients? May 2005, Poster Presentation, Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society 
  • Glucocorticoids decrease bone formation markers in healthy young women, 2001, Podium Presentation by Dr. Fairfield, The Endocrine Society 83rd Annual Meeting 
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