Photograph by Kalman Zabarsky

Photograph by Kalman Zabarsky

Dr. Berkowitz is an epidemiologist and a PA. He completed his physician assistant education followed by a master’s of science in public health degree at the Touro College School of Health Sciences in New York. He began working as a physician assistant at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, for the Critical Care Department. During his time there he concentrated on neurosurgical and surgical critical care. He moved to Pittsburgh, PA in 2008 to join their Gamma Knife Radiosurgery team in the Department of Neurological Surgery of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center while he completed his doctoral training in epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Dr. Berkowitz co-founded the Boston University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program which graduated its first class in 2016. He has been at the institution since 2012.

Dr. Berkowitz is the Director of Research for the PA Program. He created the program’s research curriculum which consists of coursework, journal clubs, and the thesis project.

Dr. Berkowitz performs research related to healthcare services, medical education, and neurosurgery. He is a member of the national Physician Assistant Education Association Research Council. He is also a board member of the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants. He is involved in healthcare policy and advocacy both at home and abroad. He continues to practice in neurosurgery part-time at Boston Medical Center.

Research interests include: health services, epidemiology, and medical education in several domains including: physician assistant workforce, neurosurgery, quality improvement, and health policy.


Oren Berkowitz, PhD, PA-C is available for research collaborations, speaking, and consulting engagements. In addition to healthcare journal publications, Dr. Berkowitz recently began writing medical fiction.

The Brain Surgeon
By Oren Berkowitz