Jonathan S. Berek, MD, MMS, is the Laurie Kraus Lacob Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Berek helped establish and is the Director of the Stanford Women's Cancer Center, which is one of the first in the nation to combine programs in breast and gynecologic oncology. A Stanford faculty member since 2005, he is renowned for his expertise in gynecologic oncology, surgical innovation and technique, and research in ovarian cancer, especially immunology and immunotherapy. He is the Group Chair and Principal Investigator of the Cooperative Ovarian Cancer Group for Immunotherapy (COGI), a part of the premiere international consortium, the Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup (GCIG). Dr. Berek's laboratory research focused on fundamental mechanisms of cancer immunology, elucidating growth regulatory pathways for cytokines and their receptors. His current research focuses on clinical trials of novel immunotherapies for ovarian cancer and collaborations on new diagnostic and screening techniques, genetics, and stem cell investigations. He conducts educational programs for oncologists in effective and compassionate medical communications. He has published over 300 papers in the scientific literature, and his books, Berek & Hacker's Gynecologic Oncology, and Berek & Novak's Gynecology, are considered leading texts in the field.
Dr. Berek received an undergraduate degree in English literature and theatre arts and a Master of Medical Sciences degree in biomedical sciences from Brown University. After earning his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed an internship and residency at the Boston Hospital for Women, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He did his fellowship in gynecologic oncology at UCLA. Dr. Berek served as President of the International Society of Gynecologic Cancer and President of the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Current Problems in Obstetrics and Gynecology and ASCO News & Forum. Dr. Berek was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha and Sigma Xi Honor Societies. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO), the American College of Surgeons (FACS), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG); and he is a member of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons. His many awards include the Sherman Mellinkoff Faculty Award and the Excellence in Education Award, both from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He received the President's Award from the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. In 2012, he was presented the John C. Fremont Pathfinder Award by his home state, given in recognition of significant contributions to society made by a native Nebraskan.