About Dr. Berri
Dr. Berri is currently the director of Surgical Oncology and Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program at the Van Elslander Center, Michigan. The center is on the campus of St. John Hospital and Medical Centre, which is dedicated to providing patients with the best quality care.
Unusually for doctors specializing in mesothelioma, Dr. Berri is relatively new to the topic of study. Since being exposed to his first mesothelioma patient in 2008, he has extensively studied the disease and is now known as one of the top peritoneal mesothelioma doctors in the U.S.
Through his research into mesothelioma treatments, Dr. Berri has become very interested in the HIPEC (heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy) procedure used to remove tumors in the lining of the abdomen. Working from the Van Elslander Cancer Centre in 2011, he established the first cytoreduction surgery with HIPEC program in Michigan state.
Dr. Berri’s approach is always to find the best treatment for his patients because every case of peritoneal mesothelioma is different. While the HIPEC with cytoreduction surgery is the best option for survival, the surgeon can never know the true extent of the tumors until they open the abdominal cavity. Dr. Berri firmly believes in the best quality care for the patient before, during and after the surgery for the optimum results.
Dr. Berri’s Location
Van Elslander Cancer Center
19229 Mack Ave,
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236, USA
(313) 647 3252
Dr. Berri’s Career Highlights
Dr. Berri is so dedicated to his patients that he credits them as his most significant accomplishment.
In less than ten years, Dr. Berri has accomplished the following:
- Created the first HIPEC program in Michigan, making it the one of the highest-volume nationally recognized HIPEC programs in the U.S.
- Recognized for leadership, clinical and surgical excellence, dedication and compassion.
- Credited as the top peritoneal mesothelioma doctor in Michigan.
- Performed the highest number of HIPEC surgeries by a single surgeon in the U.S.
Dr. Berri has been published in countless 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—further proving Dr. Berri’s dedication to improving patient survival.
Dr. Berri’s Background
Dr. Berri got his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, followed by a Masters. He then went onto graduate from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2003, before completing an internship at St. John Hospital and Medical Centre in 2004. He stayed on at the facility and finished his residency there in 2008.
It was at this point that he came into contact with peritoneal mesothelioma patients and discovered his zeal for treating incurable cancer. He then undertook his fellowship at the renowned Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas, until 2010. Upon completion, he returned to Michigan to create a new cancer care program and bring HIPEC to his home state.
For the past decade, Dr. Berri has dedicated his research and study to the HIPEC procedure. He is known as the top doctor in his field in Michigan, but has also completed 38 other types of operations and encountered 55 different conditions.
Dr. Berri now works at the Van Elslander Center within St. John Hospital and Medical Centre, a 772-bed teaching hospital known for its excellence in oncology.
Dr. Berri specialises in peritoneal mesothelioma, surgical oncology, gastrointestinal oncology and general surgery.
Working at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Berri has performed the highest number of HIPEC surgical cases in the U.S. by a single surgeon. The institution is also known as the leading center in the country for patients with peritoneal mesothelioma.
Since bringing the HIPEC program to the center, Dr. Berri has seen over 400 new patients and performed around 200 HIPEC surgeries. As the program was the first in Michigan, it’s also renowned as the best place to go for an early diagnosis (which is pivotal for both surgery and recovery).
According to Dr. Berri’s research, the combination of cytoreduction and HIPEC can almost double the survival length of peritoneal mesothelioma patients.
Dr. Berri’s team also run the Jerome F. Williams Gastric Cancer program for patients with other gastrointestinal cancers. His primary focus is on improving the length and quality of life for his 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 almost 200 patients.
As the Chief of Surgical Oncology and Director of Peritoneal Malignancies Program at St John Hospital and Medical Centre, Dr, Berri has built one of the finest nationally recognized HIPEC programs in the US. He is currently continuing his mission to improve mortality rates in his patients and, eventually, find a way to lengthen the overall lifespan of patients with peritoneal mesothelioma.
As an experienced surgeon, Dr. Berri’s HIPEC procedures have morbidity and mortality rates below the national average.
Aside from performing surgery and putting together comprehensive patient plans, Dr. Berri is also very passionate about research and clinical trials. He has been recognized throughout his career for his acute attention to detail, which is certainly a skill that comes in handy during the cytoreduction and HIPEC procedure. Aftercare and patient satisfaction is also something that resonates deeply with Dr. Berri. He is known for always putting his patients’ needs first.
Dr. Berri’s Healing Philosophy
Dr. Berri’s core values are centered around caring for the patient. Before the operation takes place, the patient receives a fully tailored plan, including information about recovery. The patient usually spends up to a week in the hospital and is closely monitored before they are allowed to go home.
All of Dr. Berri’s patients gain access to a group of experts with each consultation. The team evaluates the patient’s health and mesothelioma stage. Working in what’s called a multidisciplinary clinic, Dr. Berri believes it’s the best option for patients as they receive an individualized plan of care. Patients and their families are also provided lots of information on their unique diagnosis.
Due to the extent of the surgery, most patients will feel extremely fatigued. Dr. Berri firmly believes that rest is the best remedy during this time.