Miles Berger

Miles Berger
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Amgen Faculty Mentor
Third Year Mentor - Anesthesiology, Surgery, and Environmental Physiology Study Program (ASEP)
Third Year Mentor - Biomedical Engineering and Surgery Study Program (BES)
Third Year Mentor - Clinical Research Study Program (CRSP)
Third Year Mentor - Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Immunology Study Program (MIDIP)
Third Year Mentor - Molmed - Molecular Basis of Disease Study Track
Third Year Mentor - Neurosciences Study Program (NSS)
Campus mail: 201 Trent Drive, 4317 Duke South, Orange Zone, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-8679

My research team focuses on understanding the cause of postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) and delirium, and whether these disorders are caused by perioperative changes in Alzheimer's disease pathways. We are also interested in whether delirium or POCD are associated with an increased long term risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Towards these ends, we use a combination of methods including cognitive testing, CSF and blood sampling, functional neuroimaging, and rigorous biochemical assays. This work has the potential to improve long term outcomes  for the more than 16 million Americans over age 60 who undergo anesthesia and surgery each year.

Education and Training

  • University of California - San Francisco, Ph.D. 2007
  • University of California - San Francisco, M.D. 2009
  • Duke University School of Medicine, Internship and Residency, Anesthesiology

Selected Grants and Awards