Robert A. Berg, MD
- Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Phila., PA
- Russell Raphaely Endowed Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
- Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Secondary)
- Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Dr. Berg has been a funded laboratory and clinical resuscitation scientist for >30 years, focusing on CPR hemodynamics, hands-only CPR, vasopressors during CPR, post-arrest myocardial dysfunction, VF waveform analyses, and defibrillation in children, adults and animal models. He is NIH-funded and has published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and >40 book chapters on cardiac arrest, CPR, and defibrillation. Dr. Berg has provided research mentorship for >100 trainees and faculty members.
As a clinical investigator, he participates in many collaborative multi-center study groups, including the American Heart Association’s GWTG-R in-hospital CPR registry and the NICHD-funded Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network. He has also collaborated with NHLBI-funded Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, the NICHD-funded Canadian-American Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Study Group, the state of Arizona supported state-wide investigations of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, and the Japanese Ministry of Health-funded J-PULSE initiative evaluating pediatric and adult cardiac arrests, and the CDC-supported CARES registry of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. He has been an author of numerous landmark publications from these multi-center investigations in major journals, such as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine, Circulation, and The Lancet.
ICU-RESUS investigators (Berg RA, senior author): Effect of Point-of-Care Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training on Survival with Favorable Neurologic Outcome in Cardiac Arrest in Pediatric ICUs: A Randomized Clinical Trial, JAMA 327:934-945, 2022
Kienzle MF, Morgan RTW, Faeber JA, Graham K, Katcoff H, Landis WP, Topjian AA, Kilbaugh TJ, Nadkarni VM, Berg RA, Sutton RM: The effect of epinephrine dosing intervals on outcomes from pediatric in-hospital cardiac arrest. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 204:977-985, 2021
Naim MY, Griffis HM, Berg RA, Bradley RN, Burke RV, Markenson D, McNally BF, Nadkarni VM, Lihai Song L, Vellano K, Vetter V, Rossano JW: Compression-only versus Rescue-breathing Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Pediatric Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 78(10): 1042-1052, September 2021.
Spinella PC, Tucci M, Fergusson DA, Lacroix J, Hébert PC, Leteurtre S, Schechtman KB, Doctor A, Berg RA, Bockelmann T, Caro JJ, Chiusolo F, Clayton L, Cholette JM, Guerra GG, Josephson CD, Menon K, Muszynski JA, Nellis ME, Sarpal A, Schafer S, Steiner ME, Turgeon AF; ABC-PICU Investigators, the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network, the BloodNet Pediatric Critical Care Blood Research Network, and the Groupe Francophone de Réanimation et Urgences P: Effect of fresh vs standard-issue red blood cell transfusions on multiple organ dysfunction syndrome in critically ill pediatric patients: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA 322(22): 2179-2190, December 2019.
Nolan JP, Berg RA, Andersen LW, Bhanji F, Chan PS, Donnino MW, Lim SH, Ma MH, Nadkarni VM, Starks MA, Perkins GD, Morley PT, Soar J; Utstein Collaborators: Cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation outcome reports: Update of the Utstein Resuscitation Registry Template for in-hospital cardiac arrest: A consensus report from a task force of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitating. Circulation 140(18): e746-e757, October 2019.
Berg DD, Bobrow BJ, Berg RA: Key components of a community response to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Nat Rev Cardiol 16(7): 407-416, July 2019.
Harrison JM, Aiken LH, Sloane DM, Brooks Carthon JM, Merchant RM, Berg RA, McHugh MD; American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation Investigators: In hospitals with more nurses who have baccalaureate degrees, better outcomes for patients after cardiac arrest. Health Aff (Milwood) 38(7): 1087-1094, July 2019.
Khera R, Tang Y, Girotra S, Nadkarni VM, Link M, Raymond T, Guerguerian AM, Berg RA, Chan PS: Pulselessness after initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation for bradycardia in hospitalized children: Prevalence, predictors of survival, and implications for hospital profiling. Circulation 140(5): 370-378, July 2019.