Areas of Expertise:
- Infectious disease
- Internal medicine
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency: Boston City Hospital, Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Boston City Hospital, Infectious Disease
Berk is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease with an added qualification of geriatrics.
Member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha and Sigma Xi.
Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society of America, the American Geriatric Society, and the American College of Chest Physicians
Ten-time Teacher of the Year, East Tennessee State University
Distinguished Faculty Award, East Tennessee State University
Named Laureate in Medicine by the American College of Physicians, 1998
Named TTUHSC's Mirick-Myers Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine, 2001
Distinguished Service Award, TTUHSC, 2003
Dr. Steven L. Berk is dean of the School of Medicine and executive vice president and provost at TTUHSC.
Upon completion of his medical training, Berk moved to Johnson City, Tenn., in 1979 to join the new medical school at East Tennessee State University. There, he was appointed as chief of infectious disease in 1982, professor of medicine in 1986, and chairman of the Department of Medicine in 1988, a position he occupied for 11 years. After joining TTUHSC, Berk held the positions of regional dean, professor of medicine and Mirick-Myers Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine at TTUHSC Amarillo from 1999-2006.
Berk is the author or co-author of more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and four textbooks. He has served on the NIH Special Advisory Panel on the evaluation of vaccines against infections in the elderly, on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society and as a reviewer for most internal medicine and infectious disease journals. He is experienced as clerkship director, residency program director, fellowship program director and curriculum committee chair.
In June 2006, Berk was appointed dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at TTUHSC. Through his leadership, the school has experienced continued growth in ideas and programs. Overseeing the most extensive curriculum reform in the school’s 40-year history, Berk led the educational program to a successful reaccreditation in 2009. His personal vision for addressing the ever-increasing need for primary care physicians through a unique Family Medicine Accelerated Track was approved in February 2010. Berk’s leadership reflects an important balance between education, research and clinical care.
Berk was appointed executive vice president and provost for TTUHSC in August 2010.