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Panelist: Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D.
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Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D.

CEO & Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Berk is the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Rochester and CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Since receiving his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Berk has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, Emory University, and the University of Washington.  Prior to becoming CEO in 2006, Dr. Berk served as Chairman of Medicine and Chief of the Cardiology Unit at URMC.  In addition, he founded and directed URMC's Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI).

One of the world's preeminent cardiovascular scientists, Dr. Berk is a fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, a member of the Association of American Physicians, and past-president of the North American Vascular Biology Organization.  He is on the editorial boards of Circulation, Circulation Research, ATVB and the Journal of Clinical Investigation.  He serves on the Empire State Stem Cell Board Funding Committee and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Stem Cell Clinical Trial Network, and Gene and Cell-Based Therapies Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB).  Dr. Berk has published more than 250 articles, chapters, and books.

In March of 2010, Dr. Berk returned to his CEO duties after a nine-month leave in which he recovered from a serious spinal cord injury. Since Dr. Berk's return, he and his wife, Mary, have devoted themselves to making URMC more patient-and-family centered.

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