Dr. Brian M. Berger is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology/Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
He specializes in all aspects of infertility care.
His specific interests include the treatment of women with decreased ovarian function, fertility preservation/egg freezing, unexplained infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and donor egg IVF.
He is the recipient of numerous recognitions, including three consecutive Boston Magazine Top Doctor awards (2014, 2015, 2016). He has been featured in articles in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Chronicle on Channel 5. As the Medical Director of Boston IVF’s South Shore Center in Quincy, he strives to provide the utmost personal, compassionate, state-of-the-art care.
Dr. Berger has also served as Director of the Donor Egg and Surrogacy Program for over 10 years, and in 2012, launched Donor Egg Bank USA, the first and largest donor egg bank in New England.
Dr. Berger is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. His training includes a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California/San Diego and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. He currently teaches at Harvard Medical School and has lectured worldwide on various topics in infertility including diminished ovarian function, recurrent miscarriage, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), and LGBT family building.
Dr. Berger was the first doctor in Massachusetts to perform elective partner assisted reproduction or reciprocal IVF for lesbian partners (one partner provided eggs which were inseminated through IVF and the pregnancy was carried by the other partner) in which both women were named as legal parents on the birth certificate (1999).
He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the New England Fertility Society, and the Massachusetts Medical Society. His research has focused on developing new fertility protocols (including a protocol for treating women with decreased ovarian function).
He is a reviewer for several medical journals including Fertility and Sterility, Human Reproduction, Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, and Reproductive Biomedicine Online.
Why Did You Become a Fertility Expert?
While studying in medical school, I was fascinated by the science of reproductive endocrinology. But I knew this was my true calling when I witnessed a family member experience the heartache of infertility.
Seeing the agony that is all-consuming, witnessing the pain, panic, pressure, hope, and disappointment that pervades every part of an infertile couples' life, made me realize that I wanted to devote my professional life to improving those patients' lives by helping them to achieve their goal of becoming parents.
What About Boston IVF Makes You Proud?
There are many fertility centers that offer superb medical services, state of the art technology, and knowledgeable physicians and staff. But what makes Boston IVF unique is the care and empathy that goes along with those attributes. Patients recognize that difference, and it's that genuine compassion that drives us to achieve excellence in everything we do.
What is Your Approach to Patients Care?
When patients enter my office, they enter with a history. Sometimes a long history of struggle, pain, disappointment, oftentimes in silence and despair. The first step is the hardest in every journey of dreams, and to walk into my office takes courage and strength. Patients take a leap of faith when they trust that I will provide superlative care for a life-goal that has no equal.
I take that trust to heart, and it permeates every aspect of my approach to patient care. I do my best to put patients at ease, to support and guide them in their fertility journey, and work tirelessly 7 days a week to give them the care they deserve.
Have Any Patients Truly Inspired You?
I am inspired by patients who hope for something that may never happen, but won't give up because they want it more than anything in life.
I am inspired by patients who know that the stress and deep emotions they feel are a result of infertility, not the cause of it.
I am inspired by patients who still manage a smile, when deep down their hearts are broken.
I am inspired by patients who recognize that it may not be easy, but believe it will be worth it.
How Do You Spend Your Free Time?
Other than spending time with my family, I am a classically trained musician and enjoy playing the guitar.
Where is the One Place You'd Like to Visit?
I love Paris and never tire of visiting the city. I trained at Cornell and always enjoy visiting NYC. I also trained in San Diego (UCSD) and love the perfect year-round weather.
What Music Do You Enjoy Listening To?
I grew up listening to the Beatles, four musicians who balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of its parts. We can all learn from that.
What Are Some of Your Most Proud Career Accomplishments?
I am proud to have pioneered a number of innovations at Boston IVF, including new IVF protocols for women with diminished ovarian reserve, the first outpatient vaginal paracentesis for women with ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), and the use of Lupron to trigger ovulation.
I also started and serve as Director of the Boston IVF Donor Egg Bank, as well as the Boston IVF Fertility Preservation/Egg Freezing Department.
I am proud to have been the first doctor in Massachusetts (1999) to perform elective partner assisted reproduction or reciprocal IVF for lesbian partners (one partner provided eggs which were inseminated through IVF and the pregnancy was carried by the other partner) in which both women were named as legal parents on the birth certificate.