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Rachel P. Berger, MD, MPH

Rachel P. Berger, MD, MPH
Job Title Chief, Child Advocacy Center
Job Title Child Protection Team, Pittsburgh Child Advocacy Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Job Title Director, Child Abuse Research, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, University of Pittsburgh
Job Title Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-8664 Phone
412-692-8399 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1996 Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY


1999 Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA


2001 Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA


  • Society for Pediatric Research (SPR)
  • Helfer Society (honorary society for experts and leaders in the field of child abuse and neglect)
  • International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellows
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Member of Section on Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics, Diplomat in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics


  • 2006 Selected as one of Pittsburgh’s ‘40 Under 40’
  • 2005-2011 Member, Society for Pediatric Research (SPR)
  • 2004 Michael E. Miller Young Investigator Award for most promising young investigator at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • 2002-2011 Cited in Best Doctors in America
  • 2001 Ambulatory Pediatric Association Fellows Award


  • Herr S, Pierce MC, Berger RP, Ford H, Pitetti RD. Does valsava retinopathy occur in infants? An initial investigation in infants with vomiting due to pyloric stenosis. Pediatrics 2004;113(6):1658-1661.
  • Berger RP, Pierce MC, Wisniewski S, Adelson PD, Clark RSB, Ruppel R, Kochanek P. Neuron-specific enolase and S100B in cerebrospinal fluid after severe traumatic brain injury in infants and children. Pediatrics 2002;109(2):e31.
  • Berger RP, Wadowsky RM. Rhabdomyolysis associated with Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection: A case report. Pediatrics 2000;105(2):433-436.

    View Dr. Berger's full list of publications from PubMed. 

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Novel Approaches to Screening for Inflicted Childhood Neurotrauma
  • Examining the Incidence and Age Distribution of Inflicted Traumatic Brain Injury      
  • Biomarkers: Evaluating and Treating Acute and Chronic TBI
  • Pennsylvania Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Program
  • Examining Siblings to Recognize Abuse (exSTRA)
  • Clinical Decision Rules to Discriminate Bruising Caused by Physical Child Abuse 
Last Update
August 29, 2013
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Last Update
August 29, 2013