David H. Berger, MD, MHCM

Senior Physician Executive | COO | CMO
Digital Health Entrepreneur 

David H. Berger, MD, MHCM

David H. Berger, MD, MHCM

  • Quality Enhancement Strategist who powered Leapfrog safety scores from “D” to “A” in three years at large academic medical center.

  • Process Improvement Specialist skilled at designing workflows that more than doubled first-case on-time OR starts (from 35% to 90%) and decreased turnover time by 40%.

  • Digital Health Expert successful in working with startups to implement early-stage digital health solutions, such as Decisio to reduce sepsis mortality and TigerConnect to enhance secure communication among hospital providers.


David is always looking for ways to improve the patient experience. He supports research and is the type of leader you want to work with in today’s ever-changing healthcare setting.
— CNO, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

Executive Leadership History

THE CENTER FOR INNOVATION & QUALITY EFFECTIVENESS AND SAFETY (IQuEST) Houston, Texas |  2019—Present

A grant and contract-funded research organization focused on healthcare delivery that impacts policy, practice and patient health.  

Director of Technology Partnerships

Evaluate startup companies for potential to partner with the VA in joint ventures that will transform healthcare delivery. Build pilot studies, conduct research and implement digital health solutions. Currently working with VA and Carta to use AI and machine learning to improve process of populating clinical registries.


BAYLOR ST. LUKE’S MEDICAL CENTER  Houston, Texas |  2012—2019

A 65/35 joint venture partnership between Catholic Health Initiatives and Baylor College of Medicine, comprised of an 880-bed quaternary academic medical center with two hospital campuses, six ambulatory sites and $900M+ in annual net revenue.  

Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer | 2015—2019
Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer | 2014—2015
Vice President, Chief Medical Officer | 2012—2014


MICHAEL E. DEBAKEY VA MEDICAL CENTER  (MEDVAMC) Houston, Texas | 1999—2012
A 540-bed tertiary/quaternary hospital with a $1.5B+ annual budget.
Executive, Operative Care Line  


eHEALTH CONSULTING—Houston, Texas 2015—Present
Consultant


 SyncedCARE—Houston Texas 2012—Present
Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer


Academic Surgical Career

BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE —Houston, Texas 1999—Present
Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery | 2019—Present
Professor of Surgery | 1999—Present
Vice Chair of Surgery | 1999—2014

 ALLEGHENY UNIVERSITY—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1997—1999
Associate Professor of Surgery

 MCP HAHNEMANN UNIVERSITY—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1994—1997
Assistant Professor of Surgery