William Berk, M.D.

William Berk, M.D.

Associate Professor
Vice Chief  - Detroit Receiving Hospital

wberk@med.wayne.edu

William Berk, M.D.

Office Phone

313-745-3331

Office Location

4201 Saint Antoine Street
Suite 3R
Detroit, MI 48201

Education

M.D.
University of Michigan
June 1979

B.A.
Columbia College
June 1974

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

M.D.

Residency

Internal Medicine Residency
University of Michigan
July 1980 - June 1982

Straight Medicine Internship
University of Michigan Hospital
July 1979 - June 1980

Prior Appointments

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS

Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine Detroit, MI
August 1996 - Present

Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Department of Surgery
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
July 1990 - August 1996
 

Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Department of Surgery
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
October 1987 - June 1990

Instructor
Internal Medicine Section of Emergency Medicine
Department of Surgery University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
July 1982 - October 1984


HOSPITAL OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit, MI

Medical Chief Information Officer
July 2012-Present

Chief of Staff
July 2008-June 2012 & June 2014 - Present

Vice Chief of Staff November
2005-June 2008

Medical Staff Operating Committee September
2001-Present

Medication Use Committee
April 2001-Present

Vice Chief, Emergency Department
March 2000-Present

Trauma Morbidity & Mortality Committee
October 1990-Present

Chair, Departmental CQI Committee
October 1999-Present

Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine
November 1984 - August 1985 & September 1987- Present

Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI

Chief Quality/Safety Officer
Emergency Departments
March 2012-Present

Council of Chiefs
July 2008-June 2012

Information Systems Coordinator, DMC
Emergency Departments
July 2005-Present

Medical Executive Committee
November 2005-June 2012

Cardiovascular & Thrombosis Subcommittee
April 2001-Present

Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
April 2000-Present

Department or Radiology Chair Search Committee
October-November 1999

(Malpractice) Claims Committee
March 1997-May 2012

Kingston Public Hospital, Kingston, Jamaica (West Indies)
Senior Casualty Officer (Chief),
Casualty (Emergency) Department
September 1985 - August 1987

Wayne County General Hospital, Westland, MI

Attending Physician, Internal Medicine
July 1983-June 1984

Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine
July 1982-October 1984

Member, Executive Committee
July 1982-July 1984

Chairperson, Emergency Department Committee
July 1982-July 1984

Acting Director, Emergency Department
July 1982-July 1984

Accomplishments

HONORS/AWARDS
College Teaching Award
Wayne State University
December 2009

Munuswamy Dayanandan Humanitarian Award
Detroit Receiving Hospital
Department of Emergency Medicine
June 2003

Distinguished Teaching Award
Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Detroit Receiving Hospital/Wayne State University
May 1992
 

Professional Experience

SERVICE

Professional

American College of Surgeons Site Reviewer For Trauma Center Verification
March 2003 - March 2006

Michigan Hemophilia Foundation
Board of Directors
April 1995-May 2001

First Vice President
April 1999-May 2001

Second Vice President
April 1998-April 1999

Physician Volunteer Project HOW (indigent clinic) Cascade Consortium (non-profit 201(c)3 corporation distributes 
January 1990-November 1996

Cascade Consortium (non-profit 501(c)3 corporation distributes low-cost factor replacement to hemophiliacs and directs excess income to hemophilia patient care)
President
March 2003 - December 2008 & March 2011-Present

Board of Directors
May 2002 - December 2008 & January 2011-Present
 

Community
Detroit EMS Associate Education Coordinator
March 1995-April 1996

Member, Detroit-Wayne County
Emergency Medical Services Council September
1987-January 1990

Member, Medical Advisory Board
Wayne County, Michigan (county-wide bodyfor promulgating pre-hospital care)
July 1982-July 1984

Consulting

Medical Consultant United States Embassy
Kingston, Jamaica
August 1986 - August 1987

Scholarly Service

Review of Manuscripts

Reviewer: Annals of Emergency Medicine
2008-Present; 1995-1998

Reviewer: American Journal of Managed Care
2008-Present

Reviewer, International Journal of Emergency
2008-Present Medicine


TEACHING

Years at Wayne State University

September 1987-Present

Years at other colleges/universities

Kingston Public Hospital
Kingston, Jamaica
September 1985-August 1987 

University of Michigan, School of Medicine
July 1982- October 1984
 

Publications

 1. Berk WA, Welch RD, Levy PD, Jones JT, Arthur C, Kuhn GJ, King JJ, Bock BF, Sweeny PJ. The effect of clinical experience on the error rate of emergency physicians. Ann Emerg Med 52:397-401, 2008.

2. Berk WA, Todd K. Infection control for health care workers caring for critically injured patients: A national survey. Am J Emerg Med 12:60-63, 1994.

3. Tiffany BR, Berk WA, Todd IK, White SR. Magnesium bolus or infusion fails to improve measure of expiratory flow in status asthmaticus. Chest 104:831-834, 1993.

4. Claps, PJ, Berk WA. The John Doe Syndrome: Diagnosis and outcome of patients unidentified at the time of emergency department admission. Am J Emerg Med 10:217-218, 1992.

5. Todd K, Berk WA, Huang R. Effect of body locale and addition of epinephrine on the duration of action of a local anesthetic agent. Ann Emerg Med 21:723-726, 1992.

6. Todd K, Berk WA, Huang R. Prospective analysis of mental status progression in ethanol intoxicated patients. Am J Emerg Med 10:271-273, 1992.

7. Berk WA, Taylor DD, Parris R, Martin AM. Clinical and cost effectiveness of prophylactic parenteral penicillin in simple wounds undergoing suture repair. W Ind Med J 40:55-59, 1991.

8. Berk WA, Shea MJ, Crevey BJ. Bradycardic responses to vagally mediated bedside maneuvers in healthy volunteers. Am J Med 90:725-720, 1991.

9. Wyte C, Berk WA. Severe oral phenytoin intoxication does not cause cardiovascular morbidity. Ann Emerg Med 20:508-512, 1991.

10. Berk WA, Osbourn DD, Taylor DD. Evaluation of the “Golden Period” for wound repair: 204 cases from a third world emergency department. Ann Emerg Med 17:496-500, 1988.

Case Reports

1. Arora NP, Berk WA, Aaron CK, Williams KA. Usefulness of intravenous lipid emulsion for cardiac toxicity from cocaine overdose. Am J Cardiol. 111:445-7, 2013.

2. Berk WA, Katta SR. Hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage simulating myocardial infarction. Ann Emerg Med 21:1002-1005, 1992.


3. Berk WA, Andersen JC. Salicylate associated asystole: Report of two cases. Am J Med 86:505-506, 1989.

Review Articles

1. Berk WA, Welch RD, Bock BF. Controversial issues in management of the simple wound. Ann Emerg Med 21:72-80, 1992.

2. Berk WA. Electrocardiographic findings in infective endocarditis. J Emerg Med 6:129-132, 1988.

3. Berk WA. Electrocardiographic findings in non-penetrating chest trauma: A review. J Emerg Med 5:209-215, 1987

4. Berk WA. Clinical implications of low QRS voltage. J Emerg Med 5:305-310, 1987.

Editorials/Commentaries

1. Berk WA. Emergency Medicine in the third world: Two years as director of Kingston (Jamaica, West Indies) Casualty Department. Ann Emerg Med 18:567- 572, 1989.

Book Authorships, Editorships, and Chapters

1. Berk WA, ed. The Detroit Receiving Hospital Emergency medicine Handbook, 5th ed., FA Davis, Philadelphia, 2005.

2. Sutariya B, Berk WA. Vascular Access. In: Emergency Medicine: A comprehensive Study Guide. 6th ed., Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS, eds), McGraw Hill, new York, pp 124-132, 2003.

3. Berk WA. Bernstine E, Bernstein J, Colestos I, D’Onofrio, G. Substance and alcohol abuse. In: Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 6th ed., Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS, eds), McGraw Hill, New York, pp 1835- 1840, 2003.

4. Berk WA, Henderson W. Alcohols. In: Emergency Medicine: A comprehensive Study Guide, 6th ed., (Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS, eds), McGraw Hill, newYork, pp 1064-1072, 2003.

5. Berk WA, ed. The Detroit Receiving Hospital Emergency medicine Handbook, 4th ed., Plymouth Press, Detroit, 2001.

6. Sutariya B, Berk WA. Vascular Access. In: Emergency Medicine: A comprehensive Study Guide, 5th ed., (Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS, eds), McGraw Hill, new York, 1999.

7. Berk WA, Henderson W. Alcohols. In: Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 5th ed., (Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS, eds), McGraw Hill, New York, 1999.

8. Berk WA. The Alcohol abusing patient. In: Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. 5th ed., (Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS, eds), McGraw Hills, New York, 1999.

9. Berk WA. Vascular Access. In: Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 4th ed., (Tintinally JE, Krome RL, Ruiz E, eds) McGraw Hill, New York, pp 50-5, 1996.

10. Berk, WA, Henderson W. Alcohols. In: Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 4th ed., (Tintinalli JE, Krome RL, Ruiz E, eds), McGraw Hill, New York, pp 765-772, 1996.

11. Bock BF, Berk WA, Bonner SC, Wilson RF: Prehospital care of the injured patient. In: Management of Trauma: Pitfalls and Practice, (Wilson RF, Walt A, eds), Williams & Wilkins, Pennsylvania, pp 1-12, 1996.

12. Berk WA, ed. The Detroit Receiving Hospital Emergency medicine Handbook, 3rd ed., Plymouth Press, Detroit, 1995. (35,000 copies in print)

13. Berk WA, ed. The Detroit Receiving Hospital Emergency Medicine Handbook, 2nd ed., Medical Center Emergency Services, P.C., Detroit, 1992 (35,000 copies in print)

14. Berk WA, Dailey R. Vascular Access. In: Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, (Tintinalli JE, Krome RL, Ruiz E, eds), 3rd ed. McGraw Hill, New York, pp 27-34, 1992.

15. Berk WA, ed. The Detroit Receiving Hospital Emergency Medicine Handbook. Medical Center Emergency Service, P.C., Detroit, 1990.

16. Hergenroeder P, Berk WA. Levels of prehospital care providers. In: EMS Medical directors handbook, (Kuehl AE, ed), CV Mosby Co, St. Louis, MO, pp 39-48, 1989.

Abstracts (last five years)

1. Reid-Baker C, Compton C, Johnson J, Wong H, Berk B, Levy P: A comparative evaluation of Savlon versus Normal Saline irrigation of Traumatic wounds at Kingston Public Hospital. Acad Emerg Med 15 Suppl 5x: S165, 2008.

2. Berk, WA, Sweeny PJ, Levy PD, Welch RD, Kuhn GJ, Comton S, Jones JT, Arthur C, Bock, BF. The peer review process as an educational tool for emergency medicine residents and faculty. Acad Emerg Med 13 Suppl 1:S206, 2006.

3. Berk WA, Welch RD, Compton, S, Levy PD, Jones JT, Arthur CL, Kuhn GJ, Sweeny PJ. The effect of clinical experience on the error rate of emergency physicians. Acad Emerg Med 13 Suppl 1: S149, 2006.

Other Information

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians
American Academy of Emergency Medicine
September 1991-Present

Fellow, American Academy of Emergency Medicine
September 1991-Present

American College of Emergency Physicians
March 1984-Present