Daniel S. Berman, MD, FACC, is Chief of Cardiac Imaging and Nuclear Cardiology at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center. He also serves as Medical Director of the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Program at Cedars-Sinai as well as Cedars-Sinai’s Biomedical Imaging Research Institute. He is a Professor of Imaging at Cedars-Sinai and a Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Considered one of the founding fathers of nuclear cardiology, Dr. Berman one of the early developers of the concept of “multimodality cardiac imaging” – the use of a variety of noninvasive technologies to establish an accurate picture of the heart and its function.
During his career, Dr. Berman has received more than $23 million in research grants and he and his team have been credited with numerous of innovations in the fields of nuclear cardiology and cardiac imaging. His current studies are exploring clinical applications of cardiac PET, SPECT, cardiac CT and cardiovascular MR, as well as developing automated computer-based methods for evaluating medical images.
Dr. Berman established the largest and most extensively studied patient database in the field of cardiac imaging, analyzing information from more than 60,000 patients. Factoring 400 variables per patient, he and his team developed statistical models to predict the likelihood of severe cardiac events. The databases have allowed his team to play and important role in shaping the way cardiac imaging is applied around the world in a wide spectrum of patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease.
Dr. Berman has authored more than 500 original manuscripts, written 110 book chapters and edited or co-edited five books. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and has held leadership positions in each of the associated professional societies.
As a founding member of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, he has played an integral role in the society’s development, sitting on the board of directors, serving as president in 2008-2009, chairing multiple committees and lecturing at the society’s annual scientific sessions. He also was a founding member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and currently sits on its board of directors.
Formerly an associate editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Berman is an associate editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, in which he has published many original research, guideline and review articles. He has served on several other journal boards.
Dr. Berman received the American College of Cardiology’s Gifted Teacher Award in 2000. Cedars-Sinai’s medical staff selected him for the prestigious Pioneer in Medicine Award in 2010. In 2012, he received Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award by the Society of Nuclear Medicine for his contributions to the nuclear medicine profession.
Dr. Berman earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed residencies in internal medicine and nuclear medicine as well as a fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, Davis. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology and nuclear medicine.