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, Berger, H. Early diabetes screening in pregnancy. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2018; :. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.12484. PubMed PMID:29536531 .
  2. Viguiliouk, E, Park, AL, Berger, H, Geary, MP, Ray, JG, High Risk of Preeclampsia Identification Group et al.. A simple clinical method to identify women at higher risk of preeclampsia. Pregnancy Hypertens. 2017;10 :10-13. doi: 10.1016/j.preghy.2017.07.145. PubMed PMID:29153659 .
  3. Nerenberg, KA, Park, AL, Vigod, SN, Saposnik, G, Berger, H, Hladunewich, MA et al.. Long-term Risk of a Seizure Disorder After Eclampsia. Obstet Gynecol. 2017;130 (6):1327-1333. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002364. PubMed PMID:29112665 .
  4. Srivaratharajah, K, Abramson, BL, Jairam, J, Park, AL, Berger, H, Ray, JG et al.. Ethnic Differences in Visceral Adiposity Measured in Early Pregnancy. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2018;40 (2):193-198. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2017.06.039. PubMed PMID:28941834 .
  5. Hackmon, R, Librach, C, Burwick, R, Rodrigues, N, Farine, D, Berger, H et al.. Do Early Fetal Measurements and Nuchal Translucency Correlate With Term Birth Weight?. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2017;39 (9):750-756. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2017.04.034. PubMed PMID:28733063 .
  6. Park, AL, Tu, K, Ray, JG, Canadian Curves Consortium. Differences in growth of Canadian children compared to the WHO 2006 Child Growth Standards. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2017;31 (5):452-462. doi: 10.1111/ppe.12377. PubMed PMID:28692179 .
  7. Chandrasekaran, N, Yudin, MH, Berger, H. Uterine Diverticulum With Fetal Leg Entrapment: A Case Report. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2017;39 (10):894-896. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2017.04.033. PubMed PMID:28645454 .
  8. Zipori, Y, Haas, J, Berger, H, Barzilay, E. Multifetal pregnancy reduction of triplets to twins compared with non-reduced triplets: a meta-analysis. Reprod. Biomed. Online. 2017;35 (3):296-304. doi: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2017.05.012. PubMed PMID:28625760 .
  9. Viguiliouk, E, Park, AL, Berger, H, Geary, MP, Ray, JG. Low Rates of Aspirin Use for the Prevention of Preeclampsia. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2017;39 (9):722-723. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2017.04.040. PubMed PMID:28624446 .
  10. Plumptre, L, Masih, SP, Sohn, KJ, Kim, D, Visentin, CE, Ly, A et al.. Suboptimal maternal and cord plasma pyridoxal 5' phosphate concentrations are uncommon in a cohort of Canadian pregnant women and newborn infants. Matern Child Nutr. 2018;14 (1):. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12467. PubMed PMID:28544455 .
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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