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Dr. Michael Berkson, MD

Dermatologist

Chicago, IL

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4.5
Recent reviews
Dr. Berkson was able to provide insight and solutions to something I’ve been trying to manage independently for years. Veryglad I found him on Zocdoc and grateful for the solution he found for me!
Dr. Berkson was able to provide insight and solutions to something I’ve been trying to manage independently for years. Very glad I found him on Zocdoc and grateful for the solutionhe found for me!
Kathleen S. · May 24, 2019
Dr. Berkson and his staff are very pleasant and professional. Would highly recommend! Also nice to know that Dr. Berksonis a Wolverine...Go Blue!!
Dr. Berkson and his staff are very pleasant and professional. Would highly recommend! Also nice to know that Dr. Berkson is a Wolverine...Go Blue!!
James C. · May 20, 2019

About Dr. Michael Berkson

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.

In-network insurances

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Specialties

  • Dermatologist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Saint Joseph Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology
  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Education and training

  • Medical School - Northwestern University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Residency in Internal Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania (Residency)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Fellowship)

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • Chicago Dermatological Society

Awards and publications

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1588645741

Dr. Michael Berkson's office location

Forefront Dermatology

2800 N. Sheridan Road, Suite 508

Chicago, IL 60657

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Dr. Berkson was able to provide insight and solutions to something I’ve been trying to manage independently for years. Very glad I found him on Zocdoc and grateful for the solution he found for me!
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Dr. Berkson and his staff are very pleasant and professional. Would highly recommend! Also nice to know that Dr. Berkson is a Wolverine...Go Blue!!
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Great appointment, he saw me right away and answered all my questions.
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I came in with a weird scab that wouldn’t come off my cheek. Dr Berkson simply froze it, and told me it is nothing to be concerned about! I am so relieved. My appointment was quick, thorough and provided what Ineeded. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a friendly, highly efficient and well educated dermatologist.
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I highly recommend Dr. Berkson to anyone looking for a Dermatologist. Very thorough skin exam. Staff very welcoming and friendly. Left his office feeling at ease.
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Literally glanced at my skin without a thorough skin analysis. Find someone else who cares.
Less than 1 year ago
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Went in for a skin cancer screening / mole check. Was told that this procedure would be covered by my insurance as preventative care. The doctor spent less than 5 minutes with me and did nothing more than a cursory checkof my moles before saying everything was normal. I didn't feel the exam was thorough. I even had to point out a few that I thought he missed, but he assured me they were fine. He didn't ask if they had changed shape/size/color, or anything else I would have expected that he would. To top it off, the office coded the visit incorrectly with my insurance which has been a headache for the past few months to deal with. Avoid.
Less than 1 year ago
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I've been really disappointed with my visits to this office. This was my third appointment here this year and when I arrived I was asked if I was a new patient and then told they did not have any of myinformation on file.Eventually, my information was found - my name was incredibly misspelled. I had booked my appointment through ZocDoc (like I have every time) and had listed the reason for the visit was to get a wart freezed off. They had me in the system as a new patient visit. They claimed this mistake was because they did not have access to the ZocDoc information on their end. I don't know if this is true or not, or if it's an issue with them or with this platform, but not recommend visiting this dermatologist and would definitely not book through ZocDoc
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Berkson is straightforward and friendly. I waited for about 20 minutes, but was in- and out of the office in 15 minutes.
Less than 1 year ago
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Good Doctor & Nice Staff. Listened and addressed all my concerns and worked with my insurance to get prescribed meds covered.
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Dr Berkson is very professional and made me feel comfortable during my first visit. I will see him again and recommend him highly. Great experience!
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The staff was super friendly! I loved that Dr. Berkson listened to my concerns and was so friendly! Thank you!
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Highly recommend. I met so many skin specialists but no one treated my problem. Finally i meth with Berkson and he solved my problem. He really treats very well.
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Awesome doctor that i ever met
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Great experience with Dr Berkson.
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Very nice and quick apt. Highly recommend
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I thought the exam was less thorough than what I gotten elsewhere.
More than 1 year ago
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Friendly office staff. Dr. Berkson was very knowledgeable and personable, and quick to diagnose my concern. Recommended.
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Everyone was pleasant and helpful. Spent no time waiting for Dr Berkson who evaluated me and treated me ALL within a half hour. My mind was put at ease and I was able to get home earlier than I anticipated. Win/Win!
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This was my first visit to a dermatologist in about 5 years, and I visited Dr. Berkson for a full skin evaluation as I have many moles on my body, particularly in areas where it's difficult for me to see them.I was seen right at my appointment time and Dr. Berkson was very kind, thoughtful and thorough; he reassured me that everything looked normal and took the time to answer all my questions. I was also in and out in 30-ish minutes. I would highly recommend.
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Will never go back there again. Made the appointment for 1:45 and had to wait almost 30 mn to be seen because they put down the wrong time and they didnt even try to do anything about it. If you have time to waste then go there.
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Dr. Berkson was very kind, thorough and listened closely. All my concerns were addressed. Highly recommend!
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I have been to this doctor in the past and was still satisfied with my service ten years later.
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I went in to see Dr. Berkson for a routine skin cancer screening. The front desk was kinda rude about an issue I had where they believed I hadn't filled out the patient history forms in Zocdoc, when in reality Ihad and they just didn't look properly. I had to nag them to look for the forms I submitted through Zocdoc, but it got cleared up and I was in and out in less than 15 minutes. Dr. Berkson was excellent. Super quick and formal. The process was really relieving and hearing I didn't have anything to worry about anything was very on fleek. All things considered, I highly recommend going to see Dr. Berkson.
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Kind and friendly staff. Nice office. Street parking or valet is $8.
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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.
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Reassuring and professional - took my concerns and questions seriously and addressed them
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Very knowledgeable and very helpful. I felt completely comfortable talking to him about my problem and his solutions/instructions were very simple to follow.
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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.
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He removed the keratosis but it came back. Don't know
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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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.
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I'm very happy to meet doctor Michael Berkson, very professional
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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.
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very nice, accommodating, punctual
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Excellent !
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This was my 1st visit with doctor in us. He was very professional and very caring .
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Very professional, efficient, fast. I will go back when I have another derm issue.
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excellent. professional.
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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Once out of the waiting room, the appointment was quick but thorough. Just the right amount of chat before getting to the point.
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Very efficient in how he found out the problem and gave a solution - hoping the new treatment works!
More than 1 year ago
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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 .
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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'tseem 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.
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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.
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Excellent. Dealt with all issues quickly and efficiently
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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!
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Very nice doctor
More than 1 year ago
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sweet, swift and competent
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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.
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