NEWS | September 23, 2014

Stuart Berger joins UC Davis as chief of pediatric cardiology


Stuart Berger, one of the nation's premier pediatric cardiologists and the leader in a national campaign to prevent sudden cardiac arrest deaths in children and teens, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as professor and vice-chair of the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. 

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Before joining the faculty, he was chief of pediatric cardiology and medical director of the Herma Heart Center at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Under his leadership, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin rose to become one of the top pediatric heart centers in the country, ranked #5 by U.S. News & World Report this year. 

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Berger to UC Davis with his expertise, focus on quality outcomes and international reputation. We are eager to implement his vision for improving access to high-quality cardiac care for the children of Northern California,” said Robin Steinhorn, chair of the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics.

Berger’s clinical and research interests include congenital heart disease in fetuses, neonates, infants, children and adults; pulmonary hypertension; heart failure in children; sudden cardiac death in youth; and the resuscitation of children and young adults.

His commitment to assist youth who suffer sudden cardiac arrest led him to start Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory), named in honor of a high school basketball player who died on the court due to an undiagnosed heart problem. The national program aims to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in children and teens through education and life-saving programs, including expanding the availability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which help restore heart rhythm and improve survival from cardiac events. More than 85 lives have been saved so far through Project ADAM, which has been in operation for 15 years.

Berger received his medical doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Chicago Wyler Children’s Hospital and his fellowship in neonatology and pediatric cardiology at the University of Chicago. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.

Berger receives an annual base salary of $212,700. Additional information about his compensation is available upon request.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit