About Dr. Berri
Dr. Berri is the medical director of the Oncology Service Line at Ascension Michigan. He also currently serves as the chief of the Surgical Oncology and Peritoneal Malignancies Program at Ascension St. John.
Since treating his first mesothelioma patient in 2008, he has studied the disease extensively and is now known as one of the top peritoneal mesothelioma doctors in the United States.
Through his research into mesothelioma treatments, Dr. Berri has become very interested in the heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) procedure used to remove tumors in the lining of the abdomen.
Dr. Berri’s approach is always to find the best treatment for his patients because every case of peritoneal mesothelioma is different. While cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC is the best option for survival, the surgeon can never know the true extent of the tumors until they open the abdominal cavity.
He firmly believes in the best quality care for the patient before, during, and after the surgery for optimum results.
Dr. Berri’s Career Highlights
- Created the first HIPEC program in Michigan, making it one of the highest-volume nationally recognized HIPEC programs in the U.S.
- Credited as the top peritoneal mesothelioma doctor in Michigan
- Performed the highest number of HIPEC surgeries by a single surgeon in the U.S.
- Recognized for leadership, clinical and surgical excellence, dedication, and compassion
Dr. Berri has been published in a variety of journals for his work on HIPEC, gastrointestinal cancers, and patient care.
One of his most notable works, “Life after hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy,” measured patient quality of life and performance after undergoing cytoreduction with HIPEC.
Dr. Berri’s Background
Dr. Berri earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. He holds a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Ascension St. John Hospital in Michigan in 2004, where he finished his residency in 2008.
After treating patients diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, he pursued a fellowship at the renowned Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas.
At the end of his fellowship term, he returned to Michigan to create a new cancer care program and bring HIPEC to his home state. For more than 10 years, Dr. Berri has dedicated his research and study to the HIPEC procedure.
As the top Michigan-based doctor in this field, he can perform 38 additional types of surgeries and treats 55 different conditions.
Dr. Berri currently treats patients at Ascension Medical Group in Michigan.
Dr. Berri’s medical specialties include:
- Gastrointestinal oncology
- General surgery
- Peritoneal mesothelioma
- Surgical oncology
Dr. Berri has seen more than 400 new patients and performed more than 200 HIPEC surgeries. According to his research, the combination of cytoreduction and HIPEC can almost double the survival length of peritoneal mesothelioma patients.
Dr. Berri’s Current Focus
Much of Dr. Berri’s training came from his fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Since 2010 he has taken this knowledge and used it to operate on hundreds of patients.
As an experienced surgeon, Dr. Berri’s HIPEC procedures have morbidity and mortality rates below the national average.
Dr. Berri is passionate about research and clinical trials. He has been recognized throughout his career for his acute attention to detail and for prioritizing his patients’ needs.
Dr. Berri’s Healing Philosophy
Dr. Berri’s core values focus on patient care. Prior to surgery, patients receive a fully tailored plan, including information about recovery. They usually spend up to a week in the hospital and are closely monitored before they are discharged.
All of Dr. Berri’s patients gain access to a group of experts with each consultation. The team evaluates patient health and mesothelioma stages within a multidisciplinary clinic.