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. 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 .
  2. 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 .
  3. 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 .
  4. 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.
  5. 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 .
  6. 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 .
  7. Ram, M, Berger, H, Geary, M, McDonald, SD, Murray-Davis, B, Riddell, C et al.. Timing of Delivery in Women With Chronic Hypertension. Obstet Gynecol. 2018;132 (3):669-677. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002800. PubMed PMID:30095783 .
  8. Hiersch, L, Berger, H, Okby, R, Ray, JG, Geary, M, Mcdonald, SD et al.. Incidence and risk factors for gestational diabetes mellitus in twin versus singleton pregnancies. Arch. Gynecol. Obstet. 2018;298 (3):579-587. doi: 10.1007/s00404-018-4847-9. PubMed PMID:29971559 .
  9. Barzilay, E, Moon, A, Plumptre, L, Masih, SP, Sohn, KJ, Visentin, CE et al.. Fetal one-carbon nutrient concentrations may be affected by gestational diabetes. Nutr Res. 2018;55 :57-64. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2018.04.010. PubMed PMID:29914628 .
  10. Hawkins, L, Robertson, D, Frecker, H, Berger, H, Satkunaratnam, A. Spontaneous uterine rupture and surgical repair at 21 weeks gestation with progression to live birth: a case report. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018;18 (1):132. doi: 10.1186/s12884-018-1761-x. PubMed PMID:29728141 PubMed Central PMC5935985.
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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