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Ever since I can remember, I knew that I wanted to become a doctor. As a young boy, I would go to the hospital with my Dad, who is a cardiologist, and wait for him in the lobby while he made weekend rounds. Sometimes I would get to sit with him while he read ECGs. By the time I took high school biology, I could not imagine any other career. I always liked the idea of taking care of people, and I became fascinated with the science of medicine.
I obtained my undergraduate degree in psychology from The University of Michigan, and, to this day, have a strong interest in the brain-mind-body connection. After graduating from Northwestern University Medical School, I completed a three-year internal medicine residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. My passion turned to dermatology when I discovered that the specialty combined some of the most intriguing aspects of multiple disciplines within the medical field including internal medicine, pediatrics, pathology, surgery, and psychiatry. Being able to visualize people’s problems and see the positive results of treatment was especially appealing. This motivated me to pursue four additional years of specialty training in dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Since opening my practice in 1994, it has been my goal to deliver effective and sensible skin treatment in a caring way. I take extra time to work with my patients to develop individualized programs that are practical for them to follow. While I work with all types of skin conditions, I specialize in acne care for adults and teens. Treating acne gives me the satisfaction of knowing that when I improve the quality of my patients’ skin, I am also improving the quality of their lives.
Verified Patient Reviews
Reassuring and professional - took my concerns and questions seriously and addressed them
I went for a skin cancer screening. The examination was thorough and Dr, Berkson answered all of my questions. Including the time to complete my new patient paperwork, I was in and out of the office in less than 30 minutes.
Very knowledgeable and very helpful. I felt completely comfortable talking to him about my problem and his solutions/instructions were very simple to follow.
I was in and out of my appointment as a first time patient in 15 minutes. Dr. Berkson was able to quickly identify what medicine I needed for my breakouts. He was professional and easy to talk to.
I'm very happy to meet doctor Michael Berkson, very professional
I have seen several dermatologists for a year before I saw Dr Berkson and none of them did any good for my issue. Dr Berkson ended my issue with one visit.
very nice, accommodating, punctual
This was my 1st visit with doctor in us. He was very professional and very caring .
Very professional, efficient, fast. I will go back when I have another derm issue.
A very good listener. Will ask the right questions in very nice way to know about the background. Now waiting for the treatment to kick in.
Once out of the waiting room, the appointment was quick but thorough. Just the right amount of chat before getting to the point.
He removed the keratosis but it came back. Don't know
Very efficient in how he found out the problem and gave a solution - hoping the new treatment works!
Dr Berkson diagnosed and treated the problems I visited him for on the same day.My skin looks great.He's professional,likable and his office staff is just as professional.Will definitely see Dr Berkson in future if I need to .
I appreciated his graciousness and accessibility. As one who has recently moved to Chicago from New York, it was gratifying to have my first experience with a doctor in this city to be so positive.
Excellent. Dealt with all issues quickly and efficiently
I came to Dr. Berkson with a specific skin issue. He didn't seem to be interested in helping me solve the problem. Rather, he gave me a generic solution and told me that other options would basically be useless. He didn't seem to care to solve my issue, which is discouraging and upsetting since it is a serious issue I'd like to solve. My appointments always lasted only about five minutes as he'd look at issue, treat it, and be done. Though he is very nice, he didn't seem to care much about truly helping me with my problem.
I was seen right away after filling out the new-patient paperwork. Dr. Berkson was super friendly and very professional. His bedside manner was excellent. I would recommend Dr. Berkson to all of my friends and family!
Very nice doctor
sweet, swift and competent
I was in and out in 20 minutes. He took his time and answered all my questions. I would definitely go back.
He was very friendly and helpful. It seems he is more of a plastic surgery/cosmetic surgery doctor rather than a medical dermatologist that treats skin rashes etc. but was helpful.
Great. Got me in, diagnosed, and had my procedure done right away. All done in less than 30 mins.
Perfect service,fast and professional. Highly recommend
Friendly and professional doctor and office. I was seen right at appt time and given a px for wart treatment.
Fast & courteous service. The doctor seems a little shy, but he was very polite and accommodating.
I think women in Dr. Berkson's office reception are not polite and nice.
Very professional! He was thorough and was able to recommend a specialist for my needs.
Very good doctor everything great, just I was surprised that he told me that prescription should be a couple of hundreds but the price by Walgreens is $ 680!!!still I will highly recommend him
Very Helpful I really recommend him
It was my first visit to Dr. Berkson and it was a very nice experience. Not a long wait to be seen, prompt handling of my skin problem, in and out in no time. Very satisfactory!
Dr. Berskon answered my questions in great detail...very helpful.
He was fine, professional and courteous. I would certainly visit him again.
Great - if you can get in. He is booked too far in advance to solve my derm issues. Who wants to wait 5 weeks with a skin disease? He will not work with you on prescription refills either. By the book kind of guy.
He's great!! I would recommend him for anyone.
First off, Michael Berkson is a good listener and seems like a genuinely caring person. I was impressed with his nature and willingness to discuss details. This review is strictly regarding his professional results in my case, and my case alone. I originally thought Dr. Berkson's diagnosis and treatment suggestions were spot-on. But over time I realized the topical steroid he prescribed was actually making a bad problem worse. I am so fortunate I stopped using it (well before advised) and sought another doctor. The anit-fungal shampoo was ultimately not very effective. The solution ended up being a much different course of action and it another MD got it right on the first try. So unfortunately I will not go back to him for medial advice.
Very good experience and a good doctor who listened to me and then responded to my needs.
I felt very uncomfortable there and I don't feel I was taken seriously. Not how you want to feel when you go a doctor with questions and concerns.
It was really fast and he was very friendly and helpful!
Doctor listened to every query I had and answered them patiently without rushing into things. When he wrote the prescription medicines, he went into details about why they are good for me than others!! Even receptionist Carla was very polite and friendly. Going back in 6 weeks to see if this prescription worked. Will definitely recommend this doctor to anyone I know looking for good dermatologist.
Dr. Berkson was great. He took his time and answered all my questions. The medicine he presribed for my acne may take some time to work, but he was very reassuring.
Dr. Berkson was great and gave out many samples! He was very friendly and professional!
He was very nice and polite. He listened closely to everything I said, but I'm not sure he took me very seriously. I went in for mild acne and he seemed to think that it wasn't really a problem.
It was good visit and did right thing that I expected to get from the visit for the skin problem on my face and received right treatment I expected to get in the same visit. And will come back for follow up in 4 weeks to make everything is fine. :)
Very quick, kind and helpful.