Gerald S. Berke, MD
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Gerald S. Berke, MD

  • Otolaryngology|
  • Head and Neck Surgery
Head & Neck Surgery | 200 Medical Plaza, Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Academic Appointments

  • Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Head and Neck Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • University of Southern California Medical School Alumni Association
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • University of California Los Angeles Medical School Alumni Association
  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association
  • Los Angeles Otolaryngologic Society
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Broncho-Esophagological Association
  • Triological Society
  • American Laryngological Association
  • American Rhinological Society
  • Bay Surgical Society

Dr. Gerald Berke is Professor and the founding Chair of UCLA’s Department of Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Berke came to UCLA in 1979 to complete his surgical residency after graduating from both undergraduate and medical school at the University of Southern California. In 1984 Dr. Berke was appointed to the UCLA Division of Head and Neck Surgery as Assistant Professor and, in 1992, was given an accelerated promotion to Professor and Chief of the UCLA Division of Head and Neck Surgery. After 20 years as Division Chief, Dr. Berke became the first Chairman of the UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery in 2012. His primary clinical interests include laryngology, voice disorders, and oncology.

Dr. Berke is considered by his peers to be an international authority on laryngeal physiology. He has authored nearly 200 manuscripts based on laryngeal physiology and voice disorders and has mentored numerous residents and research fellows. Dr. Berke founded the UCLA Voice Center for Medicine and the Arts in 2004, the first of its kind on the West Coast. He also developed the only surgical treatment for spasmodic dysphonia, which affects 35,000 individuals in the U.S. annually, and brings patients from all over the world to UCLA. Dr. Berke also pioneered many of the techniques now used by laryngologists to treat patients in an office setting.

Dr. Berke served as president of the American Laryngeal Association – the oldest subspecialty society in the U.S. – and as president of the Triological Society, the nation’s primary academic society in otolaryngology. He is currently one of 16 directors on the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a member of the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

Dr. Berke’s research has produced the foundation for an extraordinarily productive voice laboratory dedicated to the assessment of laryngeal function, laryngeal vibration studies and voice quality measures. Currently he is working on requirements for organ and nerve preservation for eventual laryngeal transplantation in humans. He also maintains an active practice in phonatory surgery and head and neck oncology.

Patient Stories

If it weren’t for Dr. Berke, I wouldn’t be having a birthday today


English, Spanish


Medical Board Certification

Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology, 1984


Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 1984
Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 1980


Surgery, LAC + USC Medical Center, 1979


MD, Keck School of Medicine of the USC, 1978


  • LGBTQ ChampionsLGBTQ+ champion
  • Listing in "Best Doctors in America," – 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Presidential Citation Award, Triological Society 111th Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. - May 2008


West Los Angeles

Head & Neck Surgery

Head and Neck Surgery| Pediatric Head and Neck Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus



  • Laryngeal Physiology
  • Vibration
  • Acoustics


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  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Health Net of California
  • Interplan (part of HealthSmart)
  • L.A. Care
  • MultiPlan
  • UFCM Health System
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • UnitedHealthcare

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  • Listing in "Best Doctors in America," – 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Presidential Citation Award, Triological Society 111th Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. - May 2008