Beaumont names new health system chairman for pediatrics


Ananias Diokno, M.D, executive vice president and chief medical officer, Beaumont Health System, has announced the appointment of Brian Berman, M.D., as chairman, department of Pediatrics, and pediatrician-in-chief, Beaumont Children's Hospital, effective Aug. 31.

Dr. Berman comes to Beaumont from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland. Since 1993, he has been chief of the division of General Academic Pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Consultation and Referral Service.

"We are very pleased to have recruited a medical executive of Dr. Berman's caliber," says Dr. Diokno "He will continue our legacy of strong pediatric leadership and continue to elevate our pediatric program."

A committed and active educator, Dr. Berman serves as professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has organized and participated in more than 200 conferences, lectures, presentations and other medical educational activities. He has been honored nine times with the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award at UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and is a six-time winner of the "Pearl's Day" award for resident teaching excellence, presented by pediatric residents.

Since 1989, Dr. Berman has been director of the Rainbow Sickle Cell Anemia Center at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Through the years, he has served in many other medical leadership roles, including vice chairman for Community Physician Affairs; acting chief, division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; interim chief, division of Pediatric Gastroenterology; vice chairman for Faculty Affairs; and interim co-chairman, department of Pediatrics.

With a strong background in research, Dr. Berman has taken part in many clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health, including several focusing on sickle cell anemia, for which he served as a local principal investigator. He has presented his research at numerous national conferences and symposia. He authored or co-authored 50 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Pediatrics, and Blood. He currently serves on the editorial board of the journal, Clinical Pediatrics.

Dr. Berman received his medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia. He did his residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Temple University School of Medicine, and a two-year fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Berman succeeds Jeffrey Maisels, M.D., who is stepping down from his administrative role after achieving national recognition for Beaumont as a center of pediatric excellence, including membership in the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions. Dr. Maisels will remain with Beaumont to assist the Department of Pediatrics and Beaumont Children's Hospital.

About Beaumont Children's Hospital
Beaumont Children's Hospital provides comprehensive services for children from specialized care for premature babies through an entire range of pediatric subspecialty services. Beaumont's Pediatric care includes immunizations and well-child care, allergy care, surgery, treatment for children with learning disabilities, heart disease, blood disorders, cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, asthma, diabetes, genetic disorders, infections and emergency care. Beaumont is an associate member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions and the only Children's Miracle Network Hospitals affiliate in Southeast Michigan. Find out more about services of the Beaumont Children's Hospital on the web at

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