Company: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Location: Gainsville, Florida, United States
Kenneth Berns, Physician at Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of medicine.
Having always enjoyed interacting with others, Dr. Berns realized pursuing medicine would allow him to do so in a positive way. Currently, he is involved with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, working to ensure the prevention of diseases being reintroduced into the population. In preparation for his career of caring for others, Dr. Berns attended Harvard University from 1956 to 1959 before transferring to Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1960, a Doctor of Philosophy in 1964 and a Doctor of Medicine in 1966. He worked for the US Public Health Service of the US Military from 1967 to 1970 and has held numerous other positions including, but not limited to, director for the Year 1 Program for the School of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University from 1973 to 1976, professor of pediatrics for the University of Florida Health from 1976 to 1984 and president and chief executive officer of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai from 2002 to 2003. His current roles have included distinguished professor emeritus for the University of Florida Health since 2012, affiliation with the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity since 2008 and director of the Genetics Institute of the University of Florida since 2003.
In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Berns has served as an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1970 to 1975, has been a member of the Genetic Biology Panel of the National Science Foundation from 1981 to 1984 and has been on the national advisory council of the National Center for Research Resources from 1999 to 2003. He lent his time and talents as a board member of the Rosalind Franklin Society since 2007 and has been on the board of trustees for Johns Hopkins University from 2000 to 2006. Bettering any group with which he has been affiliated with, Dr. Burns has held membership with numerous organizations including, but not limited to, the American Society of Microbiology, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Scientific Research Honor Society and The Phi Beta Kappa Society. Dr. Berns considers the highlight of his career to have been his time spent working on a virus for many years and people today using that same virus to cure multiple diseases using gene therapy. He believes that everything good that is accomplished in the field of science is a result of someone previously looking at data at a very fundamental level, reinforcing the idea that all actions, no matter how small, can enormously affect the future. He has been recognized for his success in many capacities by receiving grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, holding fellowship with Shell Oil, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Weizmann Institute of Science, and accepting the Faculty Research Award from the American Cancer Society, Inc., and the Distinguished Service Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners. Furthermore, Dr. Berns has been presented with the coveted Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in the World.
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