Biography: Robert Berkowitz, MD
Certifications & Memberships
- Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellowship | Spine Medicine
Spine Medicine - Akron General Medical Center (2007 - 2007)
Residency | Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery - Akron General Medical Center (1999 - 2004)
University Of Vermont Larner College Of Medicine (1999)
University Of Connecticut (1993)
Dr. Berkowitz is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the spine, and was the first surgeon in Lorain County, Ohio to perform a cervical disc replacement. Dr. Berkowitz was chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Andrews Air Force Base’s Malcolm Grow Medical Center. While in Washington, D.C. he ran a clinic at the Pentagon where he treated the nation’s top leaders and military personnel. Additionally, he served in Operation Enduring Freedom in the Middle East, caring for many American soldiers, airmen and seamen.
When treating spinal conditions, Dr. Berkowitz employs many nonsurgical options including physical therapy, injections, and referrals to pain management, chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy to help patients heal non-operatively. However, if a patient ends up needing surgery, Dr. Berkowitz has extensive training in minimally invasive spine surgery and the use of a cutting edge device called an ultrasonic bone scalpel. With these techniques, patients often have incisions less than an inch long and are discharged home on the same day of surgery with minimal pain. “The majority of my patients do not have surgery,” he explains. “But when surgery is the best option, I am trained to perform the most advanced surgical techniques.”
Patient Experience Reviews
I felt I was in good hands.
Very great team of doctorsDr. Gavlac and the team were amazing
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent Doctor. He was the best, would highly recommend him to anyone. Very professional and knowledgeable.
My experience with the Doctor was very good
I like the Sheffield office. Very professional. Dr Berkowitz is caring, thorough, and listens. (He quoted me in his notes - which impressed me.).
I'm very hesitant to work with a doctor that I don't know. I did my research for weeks before making the first appointment. Dr. Berkowitz is an AMAZING doctor! He is rated very highly on multiple sites. He performed the surgery and I couldn't be happier with the results. He showed care and respect to me and my wife. He wasn't arrogant or "I know everything" attitude. I will refer everyone that needs orthopedic care or surgery to Dr. Berkowitz.
My experience was pleasant and informative.
Dr Berkowitz is a great doctor, really shows concern for you and explains things very thoroughly and gives you confidence about feeling better.
Experience was very good.
I am very pleased with Dr. Berkowitz and his staff. My surgery was a complete success and I am elated. I would 100% recommend anyone to see this surgeon. Thank you to everyone at University Hospital. Quality care!!!!!
Excellent doctor all the way around.
Dr. Berkowitz is awesome !
Very kind doctor and staff thank you all
Excellent Dr. & PA
Very good dr easy to understand and explained things very clearly
Dr Berkowitz is excellent!!!
Dr and physician assistant both were concerned and compassionate. I felt like I was listened to, and my concerns were addressed
Dr. Berkowitz was great. He listened to my concerns about my condition, evaluated the data, and gave me a very detailed response that easy for me to understand. He presented my options to me, and did not pressure me at all when I said I needed to think about it before making any decisions. His extensive knowledge of my condition was very refreshing. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I will be moving forward with him as my future care provider, in what is possibly one of the biggest decisions I have made in my life.
Great experience Dr. Berkowitz is extremely thorough he explains the consequences if the precautions aren't taken seriously in my recovery is above average thanks to him and his staff
Dr. Berkowitz is an excellent provider. Compassionate and knowledgeable about my situation - he could not have been better to work with.
Great staff and Dr. B very caring. He took the time to go over all of my concerns. Would highly recommend him!
I was very pleased with this provider snd all staff
The wait time was expected. Was not more than 20 minutes. I am very happy with all staff and treatment I have received from all Dr's and Staff. Thank you
Everything was done efficiently and in a professional manner.
Highly recommend Dr. Berkowitz and his team.
I have been seeing Dr Berkowitz this past year after he did my back surgery. Excellent Dr and would highly recommend him.
Had surgery by the said doctor and everything went as planned. One year to date from major back surgery and everything has improved. Great team !
Great Team to take care of me!!!!!!!
Dr. Berkowitz and his staff are the best! I have had the best care and would definitely recommend him to everyone who asked about my surgery.
Excellent care. Love dr berkowitz.
My only concern was with the assistant to Dr. Berkowitz, who talked with me at length in the beginning before I saw Dr. Berkowitz. He appeared to have some difficulty following my story of why I was there, and he mixed some things up, like he was having trouble concentrating.
He was the 2nd orthopedic surgeon I had seen and the 1st who showed concern about my medical problem and finding out the cause.
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As of December 31, 2016, Robert Berkowitz did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.