Dr. Daniel Berkowitz first came to Montefiore in 1971 as a Resident in Internal Medicine and continued his training at Montefiore as a Fellow in the Division of Gastroenterology. He then joined Drs. Parker and Brenner in private practice in Riverdale while he continued to be active in many activities involving Montefiore Hospital and its Department of Medicine. In 1975, he served as Associate Chief of Gastroenterology at Morrisania Hospital, then a major teaching affiliate. From 1987 through 2002, he served as Chief, Attending Oriented Service, Department of Medicine. This was, at the time, a relatively novel approach to patient care and teaching, whereby the traditional services performed by housestaff, were performed by Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. This model of patient care has expanded tremendously, both at Montefiore and throughout the country. In 1991, Dr. Berkowitz was honored with the coveted "Attending Physician of the Year", an award presented by the housestaff in the Department of Medicine. In 1994, Dr. Berkowitz left his private practice and joined the Montefiore Medical Group with offices in Riverdale, N.Y. In 2002, Dr. Lawrence Brandt asked him to become Site Director of Gastroenterology at Einstein-Weiler Hospital, where he currently leads an excellent full time and voluntary GI attending physicians.
Dr. Berkowitz served on many major committees of the hospital and the Department of Medicine. From 1988-1992, he served as President of the Moses Division Council and then, President of the Montefiore Medical Staff. He was Vice-Chairman of the Montefiore Medical Executive Committee from 1990-1992. He served on the Executive Committee of the Montefiore Medical Staff and Alumni, Hospital and Departmental Quality Assurance Committees, member of the Faculty Senate, AECOM, and many others.
Dr. Berkowitz is a member of many Professional Societies. The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), where he is an AGA-Fellow; the American College of Gastroenterology, where he is a Fellow, (FACG); American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE); and the NYSGE, New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He has been on the faculty of the NYSGE "New York Course" annually from 1983 -1989, where he has lectured on therapeutic endoscopy in suppurative cholangitis and acute pancreatitis, AIDS and GI Disorders, and other topics. He was Course Director of the NYSGE annual course in November 1988.
Dr. Berkowitz was an undergraduate and received a B.A. degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and an M.D. degree from Hahnemann Medical College, also in Philadelphia. He then proudly served as Captain and Chief Flight Medical Officer in the USAF from 1968 to 1971, serving in Turkey and SHAPE headquarters in Belgium, where he received the Joint Services Commendation Medal. He also became father to Adam in Turkey and Dana in Belgium. His other 2 children are Joel, born in Philadelphia, USA and David, at Einstein-Weiler, the Bronx.
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