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Dr. Richard Berri

Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Richard N. Berri is a surgical oncologist and peritoneal mesothelioma specialist at the Van Elslander Cancer Center in Michigan. He is celebrated for performing the highest number of HIPEC surgeries by a single surgeon. Learn more about Dr. Berri and get our help connecting with him today.

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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 the Van Elslander Cancer Center located on the Ascension St. John hospital campus.

Since treating his first mesothelioma patient in 2008, Dr. Berri has become very interested in the heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) procedure used to remove tumors from the lining of the abdomen.

He treats every patient uniquely because each case of peritoneal mesothelioma is different. While cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC is considered the best option for survival, surgeons can never know the true extent of mesothelioma tumors until they open the abdominal cavity.

Dr. Berri believes in providing best quality care for the patient before, during, and after the surgery for optimum results.

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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.

Medical Specializations

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.

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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.

Get in Touch With Peritoneal Specialists Like Dr. Berri

Mesothelioma Hope can connect you with Dr. Berri and other top mesothelioma doctors who can help improve your prognosis and quality of life.

Our Patient Advocates have close relationships with cancer centers across the country and can even help expedite your first appointment.

Call us now at (866) 608-8933 or use our Free Doctor Match service to get started.

Mesothelioma Hope has no affiliation with and is not endorsed or sponsored by Dr. Richard Berri. Any contact information listed is for informational purposes only. You have the right to contact Dr. Richard Berri directly.

Jenna TozziWritten by:

Director of Patient Advocacy

Jenna Tozzi, RN, is the Director of Patient Advocacy at Mesothelioma Hope. With more than 15 years of experience as an adult and pediatric oncology nurse navigator, Jenna provides exceptional guidance and support to mesothelioma patients and their loved ones. Jenna has been featured in Oncology Nursing News and is a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators & the American Nurses Association.

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