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Joseph R. Berger, MD

Joseph R. Berger, MD Physician

Associate Chief of the Multiple Sclerosis Division Professor of Neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • French
  • Hebrew

Dr. Berger is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Joseph R. Berger

Recognized by Best in Doctors America 2015 - 2018

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's May 2018 Top Docs issue

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 1977
  • Neurology, 1983

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormal Reflexes
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Arm Weakness
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
  • Ataxia
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Cerebellar Disease
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT)
  • CNS Vasculitis
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Concussion
  • Cranial Nerve Injuries
  • Encephalopathies
  • Epilepsy
  • Facial Droop
  • Facial Nerve Pain (Neuralgia)
  • Facial Pain
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
  • Headache
  • Leg Weakness
  • Lip Droop
  • Lobar Atrophy of Brain
  • Medication Overuse Headache
  • Memory Disorders
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
  • Myelitis
  • Nerve Root Pain
  • Nervous System Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Neuropathy
  • Nonruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Paraplegia
  • Paresthesia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Periventricular Leukomalacia
  • Positional Vertigo
  • Primary Cerebellar Degeneration
  • Primary Progressive Aphasia
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Quadriplegia
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • Spinocerebellar Degeneration
  • Spinocerebellar Diseases
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Tetraplegia
  • Tinnitus
  • Torticollis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Nerve Disorders
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia (Tic Douloureux)
  • Unsteady Gait
  • Vertigo
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Georgetown University Medical Center
Residency: Jackson Health System - Jackson Memorial


Adcetris Millenium Pharmaceutical Inc., University of Pennsylvania, National Alpha Omega Alpha, National American Academy of Neurology, National Bayer/Schering/Berlex, Multiple Sclerosis, National Columbian Neurological Association, Honorary Member, National International Society of NeuroVirology, International PML Adjudication Committee for AMG181, Amgen, National PML Adjudication Committee for Vedolizumab, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Berger is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: On the medical staff, but does not have privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Berger JR: Functional improvement and symptom management in multiple sclerosis: clinical efficacy of current therapies. Amer J Managed Care 17 : S146-S153,2011.

Berger JR, Pocoski J, Preblick R, Boklage S: Fatigue heralding multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler. 11 : 1526-1532,2013.

Berger JR, Aksamit AAJ, Clifford DB, Davis L, Koralnik IJ, Sejvar JJ, Bartt R, Major EO, Nath A: PML diagnostic criteria: Consensus statement from the AAN neuroinfectious disease section. Neurology 80 (15): 1430-1438,2013.

Berger Joseph R, Houff Sidney A, Gurwell Julie, Vega Nubia, Miller Craig S, Danaher Robert J: JC virus antibody status underestimates infection rates. Annals of neurology 74 (1): 84-90,2013.

Berger JR, Khalili K: The pathogenesis of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. Discovery Medicine 12 : 495-507,2011.

Patterson D, Vilensky JA, Robertson WM, Berger JR: Treatment and diagnostic accuracy of neurosyphilis at Boston City Hospital‟s neurological unit, 1930-1979. J Neurol Sci 314 : 1-4.,2012.

Nath Avindra, Berger Joseph R: Complications of immunosuppressive/immunomodulatory therapy in neurological diseases. Current treatment options in neurology 14 (3): 241-55,2012.

Hack N, Jicha GA, Abel A, Dean D, Vitek JL, Berger JR: Substantia nigra depigmentation, Parkinsonism and birth cohort: remote effect of encephalitis lethargic? Ann Neurol 72 (6): 912-917,2012.

Berger JR, Nath A: Neurologic Complications of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection. (Chapt 402) Goldman‟s Textbook of Internal Medicine, 24th Edition. Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, PA. : 2218-2222,2012.

Berger JR, Choi D, Kaminski HJ, Gordon MF, Hurko O, D’Cruz ON, Pleasure S, Feldman E: The importance and hurdles to drug discovery for neurological disease. Ann Neurol 74 (3): 441-446,2013.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Neurology
3400 Spruce Street
3 W Gates

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 349-8304
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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