Rachel Berger, MD, MPH
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Rachel Berger, MD, MPH is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh and chief of the division of Child Advocacy at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. She attended medical school at Columbia University, completed her pediatric internship and residency and a fellowship in general academic pediatrics at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and received a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to her clinical work evaluating children with concerns for maltreatment, she has spent over 20 years as a clinical researcher. Her research focuses on decreasing fatalities and near-fatalities due to physical abuse in young children by improving identification of abuse using serum biomarkers, clinical decision rules and the electronic health record. She has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and was the first child abuse pediatrician to be elected to ASCI, the American Society for Clinical Investigation. She served on the Pennsylvania Task Force for Child Protection and as the research lead for the Federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) during the Obama administration. She was a senior policy fellow for Casey Family Programs in 2019 during which time she focused on improving collaboration between Child Protective Services and medical professionals. Since 2016, she has been the medical director of the Western PA Child Abuse Initiative which is focused on improving identification, evaluation and reporting of child maltreatment in general EDs. She also leads Project MAGICO - Medical Assessment Guidelines to Improve Child Outcomes - a model program of collaboration between Child Protective Services and medical professionals in Allegheny County.