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Stephen Berman, MD

Professor of Pediatrics


Chair, General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Director, Center for Global Health, University of Colorado School of Public Health

   Phone: 720-777-1234 (TBD)
   E-mail: (TBD)

Section of General Academic Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics
Children's Outcomes Research Program
Children's Hospital Colorado


Stephen Berman, MD, earned his medical degree in 1971 from Temple University Medical School. He completed his pediatric residency in 1975 at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a Chief Residency there the following year. Dr. Berman served as a Visiting Professor of Pediatrics at Universidad del Valle in Colombia and as a Research Scientist for Tulane University’s International Center for Medical Research before joining the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado in 1978. He was Head of the Section of General Academic Pediatrics from 1980 to 1990 and again from 1998 to 2010.

Dr. Berman has held many prestigious positions in the world of Pediatrics. He has served as Consultant to the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization on Control of Acute Respiratory Infections; National Chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Health Financing; Director of Health Policy and State Medically Indigent Programs for the University of Colorado; and President of Colorado Bright Beginnings. From 2000 to 2001, Dr. Berman was President of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Berman’s research interests include otitis media, access to health care, and immunization services delivery research.

Dr. Berman has been singled out for many awards and honors throughout his career. In 2011, he was honored by the Kempe Foundation for his lifetime contributions to all children, including those vulnerable and maltreated. He is a member of many professional societies and serves on numerous state, national, and international committees.

Dr. Berman also has contributed as a peer reviewer for many well-known scientific journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and training/ educational materials, including Pediatric Decision Making, which is a popular textbook for residents and practitioners now in its fifth edition. He has held visiting professorships and consultant positions worldwide and is a popular speaker both nationally and internationally.

  • Honored by the Kempe Foundation for his lifetime contributions to all children, including those vulnerable and maltreated, 2011
  • Director, University of Colorado Center for Global Health, Colorado School of Public Health, 2011
  • Florence Rena Sabin Award, CU School of Medicine, 2011
  • Course Director, Pediatrics in Disasters Training Course, Children’s Hospital No. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2009
  • Career Teaching Scholar Award, Department of Pediatrics, UCSOM, 2008
  • Coordinator, Programa de Disastres, Reunion Pediatrica de las Americas, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico, 2008
  • Speaker, Peruvian Pediatric Society, Lima, Peru, 2008
  • Course Director, Pediatrics in Disasters Training Course, Panama City, Panama, 2008
  • Course Director, IX Curso Internacional de Pediatria, Hospital Baca Ortiz, Quito, Ecuador, 2008
  • Course Director, Pediatrics in Disasters Training Course, Bejing, China, 2008
  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association’s Advocacy Award, Pediatric Academic Societies, 2007
  • The Children’s Hospital Chair in General Pediatrics, 2007
  • Author, Getting it Right for Children: Stories of Pediatric Care and Advocacy, 2007
  • Chair, Helping the Children Task Force, AAP in collaboration with the World Health Organization, 2006
  • Individual of the Year Award Nominee (member of Task Force for Access to Medical Services for Children on Medicaid), Colorado Lawyers Committee, 2005
  • Community Service Award, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, 2005
  • Champion for Kids Award, Colorado Children's Campaign, 2005

Publications in PubMed (partial list)

  • Berman S. Is our vaccine system at risk for a future financial "meltdown?" Pediatrics. 2008 Dec;122(6):1372-3. [PMID: 19047260]
  • Berman S. Anticipatory guidance and a prescription for analgesic otic drops can reduce emergency department use. J Pediatr. 2008 Jul;153(1):144-5. [PMID: 18571555]
  • Berman S. Otitis media, shared decision making, and enhancing value in pediatric practice. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008 Feb;162(2):186-8. [PMID: 18250248]
  • Berman S, editor. Pediatrics in disasters training manual and course materials. Elk Grove Village IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2008.
  • Kempe A, Daley MF, Stokley S, Crane LA, Beaty BL, Barrow J, Babbel C, Dickinson LM, Steiner JF, Berman S. Impact of a severe influenza vaccine shortage on primary care practice. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Dec;33(6):486-91. [PMID: 18022065]
  • Berman S. Continuity, the medical home, and retail-based clinics. Pediatrics. 2007 Nov;120(5):1123-5. [PMID: 17974749]
  • Federico S, Tjoeng H, Berman S. State strategies to reduce the number of uninsured children. J Pediatr. 2007 Nov;151(5 Suppl):S28-31. [PMID: 17950319]
  • Berman S. Early placement of tympanostomy tubes does not improve developmental outcomes in normal children. J Pediatr. 2007 Jul;151(1):101. [PMID: 17586205]
  • Kempe A, Daley MF, Crane LA, Barrow J, Chandramouli V, Beaty BL, Allred NJ, Berman S. Misperceptions regarding influenza vaccine safety for individuals with chronic medical illness. Prev Med. 2007 Jul;45(1):80-2. [PMID: 17234263]
  • Daley MF, Crane LA, Chandramouli V, Beaty BL, Barrow J, Allred N, Berman S, Kempe A. Misperceptions about influenza vaccination among parents of healthy young children. Clin Pediatr. 2007 Jun;46(5):408-17. [PMID: 17556737]
  • Berman S. State Children's Health Insurance Program reauthorization: will it get us closer to universal coverage for America's children? Pediatrics. 2007 Apr;119(4):823-5. [PMID: 17403856]
  • Berman S. Universal coverage for children: alternatives, key issues, and political opportunities. Health Aff. 2007 Mar-2007 Apr 30;26(2):394-404. [PMID: 17339665]
  • Kempe A, Daley MF, Parashar UD, Crane LA, Beaty BL, Stokley S, Barrow J, Babbel C, Dickinson LM, Widdowson MA, Alexander JP, Berman S. Will pediatricians adopt the new rotavirus vaccine? Pediatrics. 2007 Jan;119(1):1-10. [PMID: 17200265]
  • Allison MA, Daley MF, Crane LA, Barrow J, Beaty BL, Allred N, Berman S, Kempe A. Influenza vaccine effectiveness in healthy 6- to 21-month-old children during the 2003-2004 season. J Pediatr. 2006 Dec;149(6):755-62. [PMID: 17137887]
  • Daley MF, Liddon N, Crane LA, Beaty BL, Barrow J, Babbel C, Markowitz LE, Dunne EF, Stokley S, Dickinson LM, Berman S, Kempe A . A national survey of pediatrician knowledge and attitudes regarding human papillomavirus vaccination. Pediatrics. 2006 Dec;118(6):2280-9. [PMID: 17142510]
  • Todd J, Armon C, Griggs A, Poole S, Berman S. Increased rates of morbidity, mortality, and charges for hospitalized children with public or no health insurance as compared with children with private insurance in Colorado and the United States. Pediatrics. 2006 Aug;118(2):577-85. [PMID: 16882810]
  • Berman S. Placement of ear ventilation tubes does not improve long-term hearing threshholds and increases scarring. J Pediatr. 2006 May;148(5):699-700. [PMID: 17245834]
  • Daley MF, Crane LA, Chandramouli V, Beaty BL, Barrow J, Allred N, Berman S, Kempe A. Influenza among healthy young children: changes in parental attitudes and predictors of immunization during the 2003 to 2004 influenza season. Pediatrics. 2006 Feb;117(2):e268-77. [PMID: 16452334]
  • Berman S. Long-term sequelae of ventilating tubes: implications for management of otitis media with effusion. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005 Dec;159(12):1183-5. [PMID: 16330745]
  • Berman S. Tax cuts, budget deficits, and Medicaid cuts: does "starving the beast" mean that children's health must take two steps backward? Pediatrics. 2005 Dec;116(6):1545-6. [PMID: 16322183]
  • Berman S, Armon C, Todd J. Impact of a decline in Colorado Medicaid managed care enrollment on access and quality of preventive primary care services. Pediatrics. 2005 Dec;116(6):1474-9. [PMID: 16322173]
  • Daley MF, Beaty BL, Barrow J, Pearson K, Crane LA, Berman S, Kempe A. Missed opportunities for influenza vaccination in children with chronic medical conditions. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005 Oct;159(10):986-91. [PMID: 16203946]
  • Berman S, Rannie M, Moore L, Elias E, Dryer LJ, Jones MD Jr. Utilization and costs for children who have special health care needs and are enrolled in a hospital-based comprehensive primary care clinic. Pediatrics. 2005 Jun;115(6):e637-42. [PMID: 15930189]
  • Daley MF, Crane LA, Beaty BL, Barrow J, Pearson K, Stevenson JM, Berman S, Kempe A. Provider adoption of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and the impact of vaccine shortages. Ambul Pediatr. 2005 May-Jun;5(3):157-64. [PMID: 15913409]
  • Berman S. Challenge of transforming our private and public pediatric health care systems to emphasize value. Pediatrics. 2005 Apr;115(4):1068-70. [PMID: 15805384]
  • Kempe A, Daley MF, Barrow J, Allred N, Hester N, Beaty BL, Crane LA, Pearson K, Berman S. Implementation of universal influenza immunization recommendations for healthy young children: results of a randomized, controlled trial with registry-based recall. Pediatrics. 2005 Jan;115(1):146-54. [PMID: 15629993]