Title: Radiation Oncologist
Company: National Cancer Institute
Location: Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Christine D. Berg, research oncologist who spent much of her career at the National Cancer Institute, USA, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of oncology research.
Always interested in the field of medicine, the tragic death of Dr. Berg’s brother due to a brain tumor inspired her to dedicate her life to oncology research. She was stimulated by the care displayed by the health care professionals who treated her brother and went to medical school so that she too could help others and conduct research that could cure cancer. Dr. Berg earned a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in 1975 and a Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern University’s Medical School in 1977. She is certified in Therapeutic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology (1986); Medical Oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is a licensed physician in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Dr. Berg currently is a special volunteer to the director of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. She has held other prominent roles in the field of oncology including, but not limited to, Chief of both the Early Detection Research Group and the Lung and Upper Aerodigestive Cancer Research Group with the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Center Director, for the Suburban Hospital Cancer Program in Bethesda, Maryland. Additionally, Dr. Berg spent time at the Georgetown University Medical Center where she worked as an associate professor of oncology and the director of the residency training program within the Department of Radiation Medicine, among other prominent roles.
In her capacity as chief of the early detection research group she oversaw the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening (PLCO) Trial and the PLCO biospecimen repository. The NLST documented a 20% decrease in lung cancer specific mortality from three rounds of low-dose computerized tomographic screening. This led to insurance coverage of screening and Medicare coverage as well.
In addition to her passion for oncology research, Dr. Berg is a staunch supporter of climate crisis amelioration and adaptation. She is highly skilled in lung cancer screening work and understands that environmental risks pose a threat to health and is focused on learning more about those risks as well as networking with other groups working at controlling those risks. She supports actively the League of Conservation Voters to effect positive change through the electoral process. She also serves on the board of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Dr. Berg is adamant about the scientific process and scientific evidence and strives to find the truth through research which should be an approach applied to the climate crisis.
Dr. Berg is renowned in the field of oncology research and received numerous awards for her work. She is considered one of the top cancer physicians in the United States and has been lauded with the National Institute of Health Award of Merit for Ovarian Cancer Early Detection in 2010, the National Institute of Health Director’s Award in 2011 for her work leading the National Lung Screening Trial, and the Alumni Service Award from Northwestern University Medical School in 1993, among other accolades. Dr. Berg is grateful for her late parents’ support and for her mentor James Webster, who was her first boss at Northwestern University and was extremely helpful to her and her endeavors. Presently, Dr. Berg mentors the younger investigators and helps them with their career paths.
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