Howard Berger


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Our research focuses on methods of screening for gestational diabetes and the impact of visceral adiposity in pregnancy on glycemia and perinatal outcomes. A second research collaboration exists with the Motherisk Unit at The Hospital for Sick Children. We have established a lacental perfusion lab at St. Michael’s Hospital and utilize it to study the placental transport of medications and drugs in a well validated in vitro model.

Please note: Dr. Berger is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Shinar, S, Agrawal, S, Hasan, H, Berger, H. Trial of labor versus elective repeat cesarean delivery in twin pregnancies after a previous cesarean delivery-A systematic review and meta-analysis. Birth. 2019; :. doi: 10.1111/birt.12434. PubMed PMID:31124186 .
  2. Murray-Davis, B, Berger, H, Melamed, N, Hasan, H, Mawjee, K, Syed, M et al.. Weight gain during pregnancy: Does the antenatal care provider make a difference? A retrospective cohort study. CMAJ Open. ;7 (2):E283-E293. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20180116. PubMed PMID:31018974 PubMed Central PMC6498453.
  3. Ram, M, Berger, H, Lipworth, H, Geary, M, McDonald, SD, Murray-Davis, B et al.. The relationship between maternal body mass index and pregnancy outcomes in twin compared with singleton pregnancies. Int J Obes (Lond). 2019; :. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0362-8. PubMed PMID:30992520 .
  4. Berger, H, Melamed, N, Murray-Davis, B, Hasan, H, Mawjee, K, Barrett, J et al.. Prevalence of Pre-Pregnancy Diabetes, Obesity, and Hypertension in Canada. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2019.01.020. PubMed PMID:30914233 .
  5. Selvakumaran, S, Berger, H, Sgro, M, Zipori, Y. Atypical Segmental Spinal Dysgenesis: Prenatal Diagnosis With Postpartum Short-Term Follow-Up. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2018.07.012. PubMed PMID:30773310 .
  6. Selvakumaran, S, Berger, H, Sgro, M, Zipori, Y. Dysgénésie spinale segmentaire atypique : diagnostic prénatal et suivi postpartum à court terme. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2018.10.029. PubMed PMID:30772325 .
  7. Hiersch, L, Berger, H, Okby, R, Ray, JG, Geary, M, McDonald, SD et al.. Gestational diabetes mellitus is associated with adverse outcomes in twin pregnancies. Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 2019;220 (1):102.e1-102.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2018.10.027. PubMed PMID:30595142 .
  8. Chandrasekaran, N, De Souza, LR, Urquia, ML, Young, B, Mcleod, A, Windrim, R et al.. Is anemia an independent risk factor for postpartum depression in women who have a cesarean section? - A prospective observational study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018;18 (1):400. doi: 10.1186/s12884-018-2032-6. PubMed PMID:30314455 PubMed Central PMC6186102.
  9. Keely, E, Berger, H, Feig, DS, Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines Diabetes in Pregnancy Expert Committee. New Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diabetes and Pregnancy - What's Changed?. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2018;40 (11):1484-1489. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2018.06.024. PubMed PMID:30274918 .
  10. Shinar, S, Berger, H, De Souza, LR, Ray, JG. Difference in Visceral Adipose Tissue in Pregnancy and Postpartum and Related Changes in Maternal Insulin Resistance. J Ultrasound Med. 2019;38 (3):667-673. doi: 10.1002/jum.14737. PubMed PMID:30171627 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Head, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Obstetric Ultrasound, Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Deputy Chief, Obstetrics, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Program Director: Advanced High Risk Obstetrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto
  • Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto