CSL Behring, LLC
Mel Berger earned his undergraduate, medical and PhD (in Biochemistry) degrees at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. After internship and residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, he did an allergy-clinical immunology fellowship at NIH, and is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Allergy-Immunology. He served as Assistant Chief of Allergy-Immunology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and on the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. In 1984, he returned to Cleveland to join the faculty of Case Western Reserve, where he rose to Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology and General Medical Sciences (Oncology) at Case, and Chief of the Division of Allergy-Immunology at Rainbow, Babies and Children’s Hospital. In 2008, Dr. Berger took a position as Senior Medical Director in Research and Development at CSL-Behring, and he continues to hold a faculty appointment at Case.
Dr. Berger's research has focused on antigen-antibody and complement interactions, primary immune deficiency, and control of inflammatory responses. He has been a leader in studying immunoglobulin therapy and in the use of acute phase reactant proteins in transplantation. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers, chapters and reviews. Dr. Berger is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Pediatric Society. He has been elected into the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Society for Pediatric Research, and has served as a Director of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, the Allergenic Products Advisory Committee of the FDA, the Research and Research Training Committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Medical Advisory Board of the Immune Deficiency Foundation. He served for more than 20 years in the US Army and Army Reserve, including commanding a hospital unit during the peace effort in former Yugoslavia, and retired from the Army as a Colonel.