Jonathan S. Berek

Jonathan S. Berek MD, MMSc


Jonathan S. Berek MD, MMSc is a world-renowned cancer physician & surgeon and health communication expert. He is the Laurie Kraus Lacob Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and a recent Fellow in the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute. In 2018, Dr. Berek established and is the Executive Director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative. SHCI studies the art and science of communication and pioneers research and educational programs that transform healthcare providers into expert communicators.

Dr. Berek is founder and Director of the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, Senior Advisor at the Stanford Cancer Institute, and served as Chair of the Stanford Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2005-2017.

As a film director and documentarian, Dr. Berek creates films on medical topics including cutting edge scientific advances and the impact of cancer on women’s lives, and is the Director of MedArts Films. A prolific author and editor, Dr. Berek has published more than 320 peer-reviewed manuscripts and an equal number of book chapters and monographs. His books include leading texts in the field such as Berek & Hacker’s Gynecologic Oncology and Berek & Novak’s Gynecology.

Dr. Berek received his undergraduate degree in English literature and theatre arts, and a Master of Medical Sciences degree from Brown University. After earning his Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his postdoctoral training at the Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and UCLA.

In 2003, Dr. Berek received the highly prestigious Sherman Mellinkoff Award from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In 2012, he was presented the John C. Fremont Pathfinder Award, given in recognition of significant contributions to society made by a native Nebraskan. Dr. Berek is the 2019 Honoree of the American Cancer Society for his many accomplishments in women’s cancer treatment and research.

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