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Diagnosed papilloma without biopsy because it looked mulberry like and recommended surgery.Perhaps he has not heard about mulberry hypertrophy which is what it turned out to be when biopsy was done by another ENT. I was saved from his scissor by grace of God.
Whatever you do, do NOT go to this guy for SLAD vocal cord surgery. It's been two years and my voice still sounds like a kazoo. Don't do it!! Go to Andrew Goldstone at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, if you need to have the surgery done.
Read all reviews and judge for yourself. I found Dr. Berke available to answer questions. He never suggested surgery in my case. He referred me to others for additional review and possible therapies.
Recommends unnecessary surgery. Will not go to him again.
Humble and knowledgeable, best doctor
Dr. Gerald Berke is a very poor physician, who didn't care about me. His staff is arrogant, and it's clear they inherit that from him. He won't think twice about operating on you, leaving town, and not following up. Beware this doctor. His ego is far larger than his ability.
For several years I've been going to Dr.Berke for botox injections (spasmodic dysphonia). He is known for being brilliant at this, and I NEVER noticed any shaking. He's not exactly warm&fuzzy but I don't care. His staff is GREAT and always so helpful. I am considering his SLAD-R surgery and have read many satisfied patient diaries. I believe he must be an excellent surgeon. He has helped many people all over the country have a voice.
I didn't feel that Dr. Berke was particularly interested in me, either as a person or a patient. I spent perhaps 7 minutes with him. He sent me for tests. When they were completed a month later I only got a cursory call from one of his fellows, and it was unhelpful. I never spoke with Dr. Berke again. But at least the charges for my visit and the Endoscopy (30 seconds long) were outrageous.
From the first visit, with my whole family there, he answered everyone's questions with open, honest, highly helpful information. He was cheerful and optimistic and very patient. Through the surgery and recovery periods and even after all was well, he was very accessible and always warm and an attentive listener. His staff were unfailingly helpful and much time later they still remember me and are involved and interested in my current life and that of my family. Several even participated in a Cancer Benefit run with my name as the honoree! My bills and insurance claims were handled promptly and clearly and were entirely appropriate with the time spent by the Doctors and the level of the procedures. I consider him the gold standard by which I measure other physicians. (PS: there are several reviews that clearly are written by the same angry guy and should be evaluated with that point of view - I don't even recognize the person/people he is talking about!.)
I was treated very poorly by Dr. Berke and his staff. Dr. Berke will soon be gone from UCLA, and won't be missed.
My surgical outcome saved my life. Thank you Dr. Berke
The worse experience I ever had, should NOT be called a doctor but a butcher.this guy called himself a voice doctor, after his surgery on my voice box, now I have NO VOICE and I was told that the damages are permanent!! DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND STAY AWAY FROM HIM
At all cost stay away from this Dr. He lies on his medical records for financial gain..he his rude and distant and should not be allowed to practice medicine. My experience was just horrible. HIs staff was not helpful and I was prescribed inappropriate medication.
I would not recommend him. He is racist and would not treat melanin-rich persons with quality health care.
After treatment from 2 of Dr Berke's understudies (one currently at City of Hope) , I was referred to Dr Berke. Dr. Berke performed outpatient laser surgery on my vocal chords and my voice has not been this strong for more than 15 years. Prior surgeries had been under general anesthetic with pre and post op procedures being much more invasive.
Dr Berke is not honest or trustworthy
This doctor was not nice to me and has questionable ethics. I was very disappointed with my care
very poor service, an unkind individual. please avoid this physician
a very evil person, uncaring, unprofessional, greedy
He's rude...unskilled...uncaring..prescribed the wrong medication...NO ONE SHOULD GO TO HIM...any successhe's had must have been pure luck. If you read the reviewshe's had it appears that he should have his medical licenserevoked.
I too noticed his shakey hands & his blaming his mistakes on technology error & my not having a medical degree like he has. When I'd ask questions or ask to be referred to someone else he'd say, "You don't know what you're talking about, you don't have a medical degree & I do, & there is no one else but me." After a few surgeries on my trachea I felt burns on my tongue & gums. Twice I had a little whole in my gum & when I asked him what it was he denied I had those & when I asked a different doctor I was told Berke knicked my tongue & gums with a surgical tool & denied it. I realize he has done some good & helped some people but after hearing his, "There's no one else speech," I went elsewhere last month & found someone else to help me. His staff is very rude too.
My experience with UCLA and Dr. Berke was very negative. He made me feel like my lack of being able to speak was an inconvenience to him since he was not able to accurately diagnose or fix the problem (although he did do surgery). "Your vocal cords are fine - you should be able to speak" was his comment. I cannot. He is uncaring and unprofessional. From reading other ratings above, it seems he is a "hit or miss" kind of surgeon.
Dr.Berek did several sugeries on me regarding my Subglottic stenosis.Before i meet Dr. Berke ,i had no voice at all for almost 11 years and i had treachostomy tube for 11 years but after several sugeries that Dr. Berke performed on me, i was able to gain some of my voice back and he were able to remove my treachostomy tube After 14 years and i was able to breath without treachostomy tube. He is a excellent and caring Dr.fahimeh
Dr. Berke is a world class physician, scientist, surgeon and mentor who inspires other physicans to excel in every aspect of science & medicine. He is a genuis, and his talent is remarkable. His skills are unsurpassed, his advice is gospel to me (and others). He is gentle, kind, receptive, open and a fabulous diagnostician. I wish we could clone his ethics and devotion to medicine.
I had the SLAD/R surgery for Spasmodic Dysphonia two years ago in April. Dr. Berke is the physician who developed the surgery and has been honing his skills for over 20 years now. His staff was friendly, and professional, and he personally was kind and knowledgeable. The surgery includes a hospital stay (for two days)and he came to check on me twice, but his staffed checked on my more than twice. contrary to what I'd heard, I did NOT like UCLA medical center. the nurses were rude and, because they only have private rooms, they don't have enough rooms so I was stuck in the recovery room (bed with curtains around it) for one and a half days. They put me in a private room overnight then insisted that I checkout and leave by noon, despite the fact that I was going to have to sit at the airport for 7 hours with a HUGE gauze wrap around my neck and not able to drink anything unless it was pudding consistency. None of this was Dr. Berke's fault. I am grateful to him for the change in my quality of life since the surgery.
Do not seek Dr. Gerald Berke for help with palatal myoclonus. He is not a caring doctor with a terrible bedside manner.
First off, Dr. Berke is a real jerk. He has zero compassion, no people skills, and is cold as ice. But that is forgivable I guess - if he is good as a diagnostician and as a surgeon. He's neither. His hand is not steady, and he makes careless errors and denies he made them. I have seen him make personally make errors with my own two eyes, and then stubbornly deny he made them as he storms off. He does not pat attention to details, and is impossible to reach if you need him after he does a procedure on you.He has minions that follow him around, and he is supposedly teaching them. That is scary. He is teaching them the wrong ways to regard people, and downright incompetent ways to approach procedures. He is a smart guy, who is rude, cold, stubborn, and unskilled with his hands. He will damage you before he will help you. And he will leave you hanging after he does. His office staff must take their cue from him as they are as rude and uncaring as he is. I wonder how many people he has hurt over the years. Stay away from this guy! You have been warned. I mean it.
I work in the Executive/Vip security field and lost my voice for 18 months and I was treated by 5 Doctors who said they could get my Voice back but never did. I saw Dr. Berke 1 time and the following week after surgery I had my Voice Back. I Cant say THANK YOU enough. No voice= No Job. He saved Me.
Dr. Gerald Berke is an expert in his field. I would recommend him highly for his professionalism and knowledge in his department.
I saw Gerald Berke as a teenager with a very bad case of subglottic stenosis. His plan of action was to perform a laryngotracheoplasty using a graft from the inside of my mouth to open up my airway. Everything was planned so that I would have the surgery in the beginning of summer and be able to return to high school for my sophomore year. The initial surgery went according to plan but after several follow up visits and intrusive "touch up" surgeries there was bad news. I was not healing properly and the stent that Dr. Berke had put in place was causing scar tissue to form in my airway preventing me from being decannulated. The months went by with laser surgeries, transitioning to a full on traech and still no word on when and if my condition would ever improve. Over 2 years, yes 2 years, passed. I was worse off than when I had come to see Dr. Berke. I couldn't breathe then but at least I could swim, speak, cough, shower, attend school, and live a somewhat normal life. My mother finally decided to get a second opinion after it was clear I would not be able to finish high school in my condition. I found a wonderful Dr. named Robin Cotton in Cincinatti. He did a complete reconstruction of Dr. Berke's work. Dr. Cotton did the same procedure but instead used a graft of cartilage from my rib to reconstruct my airway. It was a complete success and I was decannulated within a few months! I'm 28 now and have nightmares that I still have a traech; I wake up grasping my throat to feel if it's there. It was a highly traumatic experience for me that Dr. Berke had no concept of and showed little compassion for. He in no way ever admitted that his attempts were a failure and didn't seem to think the idea of me spending the rest of my life breathing through a tube in my neck would be a big deal. I am convinced Dr. Berke committed malpractice. It's been over 10 years and I was underage when the surgery occurred so proving it would be highly difficult but I would never, ever, suggest anyone to see this doctor. He is cold, uncaring, unskilled, and uninformative.
I have been a patient of Dr. Gerald Berke's for 11 years. He was able to diagnose a disorder I suffered from after having been misdiagnosed for more than a decade - then essentially cured the ailment. I have been going to UCLA just to remain under his care, after moving to the east coast. His staff & nurses are competent and caring. Dr. Berke's medical knowledge exceeds that of most in his field of expertise before and probably after his eventual retirement. He's a genuis and dedicated his entire career to research and developing innovative techniques that most other doctors wouldn't even attempt. His level of skill is astounding, yet his humble demeanor is charming. He treats every patient as if they were his own family. Our Nation is blessed to have such a fine physician, who is also the doctor to many doctors' & celebrities.
The last rating given is so similar to my experience with Dr. Berke & his office staff & billing dept. His receptionist also told me numerous times I was 100% covered & she had taken care of everything. A week for a very needed surgery I was denied by UCLA & Berke's office & told my records were gone. 2 days later his office told me they transferred my records elsewhere, WITHOUT MY PERMISSION.... He was very cold with me too. 2 women with breathing problems, like myself, were also denied after me. I heard a group of residents complaining that it's not just Berke & his office but it's the whole UCLA establishment not wanting to do paperwork, being greedy & making difficult to help those in need. I am amazed no one is or can do anything about these matters. I was told to see Telva at a billing dept there & I did & I handed her a check. Oddly she refused to take it even though she demanded I pay $1000 in order to have a surgery, which was to get my voice back & my breathe back. Lorena, Berke's receptionist seems to have way too many jobs on her plate & his rude & unprofessional & doesn't have her facts straight. I don't know what happened to Dr. Berke but he's not kind & doesn't fight for his patients anymore.
If you listen to ONE review, let it be this one!My wait time was over 2.5 hours. When I scheduled an appointment, the soonest available was more than 3 months away. His diagnosis was incorrect, according to 2 other ENTs that I saw. He was cold and distant, and had absolutely no sensitivity telling an opera singer (me) that she needed to put her career on hold. The worst is that despite my borderline harassment of the nurse at the front desk who, after answering my questions for 30 mns, assured me that I was COMPLETELY covered despite my $30 copayment, I was sent a bill well over $1000. I called their offices dozens of times. They kept transferring me to an answering machine on which I left many messages. Finally, I was able to speak to an actual person who said she would "investigate the matter" (keep in mind, they still, to this day, haven't confirmed with me what the >$1000 charge was for) and contact me when they'd figured it out. Apparently, that was too much work for them, because not too long afterward, I received endless phone calls from a debt collector saying I owed Dr. Berke money. I saw him over a year ago and I am still dealing with this problem.
Dr. Berke is awesome! He saved my voice and never gave up! I have a rare vocal disorder and he never stopped finding a way to keep me healthy! He is caring and the best doctor you will ever find!
His staff tends to give patients the runaround & won't acknowledge their mistakes. He can be good at times but is also caught up in the system of the ol mighty dollar sign. The staff at his office and at the hospital's billing dept is unprofessional and leave's many patients ignored.
After assuring me in a pre-op consultation that the only downside to the operation was that my previous disorder could return Dr. Berke left me with a paralyzed vocal cord. When I asked how this happened he said it was technical thing. There was very little follow up, I participated in a survey but they were obviously only looking for positive results. I spent a year calling for the phone interview that was part of the survey and I was never able to speak to the party that was supposed to interview me. This happened years ago and there has been no follow up on my condition from his office.