Dr. Berkman received his M.D. degree from New York University. He completed his internship and residency training in Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University and subsequently completed a two-year Medical Staff Fellowship in Surgical Neurology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He also completed a Fellowship in Complex Spine at Emory University. Dr. Berkman’s clinical interests are in all aspects of spinal surgery, with an emphasis on complex spinal reconstruction. He served as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University from 1994-1997 before becoming Chief of Neurosurgery at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. He rejoined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2016 and was happily recruited to be a faculty advisor for Gabbe by his daughter Jillian (Gabbe ’18).