Title: Academic Administrator
Company: Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Location: Lubbock, Texas, United States
Steven Lee Berk, Academic Administrator at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical academics.
Renowned for decades of professional excellence, Dr. Berk was first introduced to the medical industry when he accepted the opportunity to work at a camp for handicapped children. He saw that a lot of the diseases and conditions the kids suffered from had no treatment or cure, which spurred his interest in both patient care and research. He proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Brandeis University and an MD from the School of Medicine at Boston University in 1975. Dr. Berk was introduced to a lot of the top people working with infectious diseases there, and he decided he wanted to do the same. He enhanced his education by becoming certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and geriatric medicine, all through the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Berk started his career at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, where he served as an assistant professor of medicine, associate professor of medicine, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. He joined the Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 1999, and remains there even to this day. Over the years, his positions have included professor in the School of Medicine, regional dean of the School of Medicine, director of the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health, interim vice president of rural health, and vice president of medical affairs. He is currently the executive president, provost, dean, and professor of medicine and family medicine at the institution. Dr. Berk is particularly proud of his role in the development of the family medicine accelerated track, which allows students to graduate in three years instead of four and go straight into family medicine. The legacy program has received national attention, and many medical schools are working to imitate the program.
Outside of academia, Dr. Berk is involved in a number of related roles. He has been the co-chair of Community-Based Deans and a member of the Nominating Committee in the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges since 2011, and a member of the Texas Council of Deans of the Council on Medical Education at the Texas Medical Association since 2010. In the past, he was the co-chair of the Alzheimer’s Task Force on Disease Management through the Department of Health Services in the state of Texas in 2009, a member of the review board of the National Medical Student Competition of the American College of Physicians and American Society of Internal Medicine in 2000, a member of the National Student Research Award Committee of Alpha Omega Alpha from 1997 to 2000, a candidate for governor of the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Physicians in 1995, and the secretary-treasurer of the Tennessee Geriatric Society from 1989 to 1991, among others. Civically, he has served as the co-chairman of the March for Babies Walk through March of Dimes, the walk chairman of the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, the honorary walk chairman of the Alzheimer’s Association, and the chairman of the SECC campaign of United Way.
Over the years, Dr. Berk has sought to share his experiences on a wider scope. He most recently contributed articles to Virtual Mentor and AAMC Reporter in 2011, the Annals of Emerging Medicine in 2009, Clinical Geriatrics in 2006, Current Treatment Options in Infectious Disease in 2003, Clinical Infectious Diseases in 2002, and Parasite between 2000 and 2001. During that time span, he also authored “Anatomy of a Kidnapping, A Doctor’s Story,” and co-authored various editions of “Medicine Pretest: Self-Assessment and Review,” “Manual of Clinical Problems in Infectious Disease,” and “First Aid for the Match.”
As a testament to his hard work and dedication, Dr. Berk was honored with the Headliner Award in 2013, the C. Frank Webber Award from the Texas Medical Association in 2013, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University in 2012, the Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews in 2011, the Our Hero Award from March of Dimes in 2007, and the Hope Award from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in 2006, and the Mentor, Leader and Friend Award from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2005. Other notable accolades include grants from the Health Resources and Service Administration, the Reynolds Foundation, and the Amarillo Alzheimer’s Academy of the Amarillo Area Foundation, the Most Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, the Outstanding Achievement Award from United Way of Amarillo, and the Best Clerkship Director Award from East Tennessee State University. His achievements have been featured among the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.
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