Dr. Berde is the Sara Page Mayo Chair in Pediatric Pain Medicine and Professor of Anaesthesia (Pediatrics) at Harvard Medical School. He completed an MD and PhD (Biophysics) at Stanford University; his Residency in Pediatrics, at Boston Children's Hospital; Residency in Anesthesiology, at Massachusetts General Hospital; and Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology, at Boston Children's Hospital.
Dr. Berde co-founded the Pain Treatment Center at Boston Children's Hospital, the first and most clinically active acute and chronic pain management program for children in the world. Dr. Berde’s translational research concerns local anesthetic mechanisms and the development of novel prolonged duration local anesthetics that are now in clinical trials. His clinical research concerns clinical pharmacology of analgesics and local anesthetics in children, clinical outcomes of treatment of neuropathic pain and cancer pain in children, functional brain imaging of children with neuropathic pain, and brain dynamic studies in children during general anesthesia. Translation research on novel prolonged duration local anesthetics has progressed for our laboratory to clinical trials.
Dr. Berde is the author of over 130 original peer-reviewed articles and over 100 chapters and reviews. He was profiled as one of Time Magazine's "Heroes in Medicine" in 1997. He has received several awards and honors for his pioneering work in pediatric pain relief, including the 2003 Scientific Achievement Award of the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association, the 2015 IASP Special Interest Group in Pediatric Pain Distinguished Career Award, the 2018 Myron Yaster Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, and the 2018 John J. Bonica Award from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.