Central Florida Health names Dr. David Berger to executive team


Dr. David H. Berger // Provided photo

Central Florida Health announced Wednesday that David H. Berger, MD, FACS, MHCM, is the newest member of its senior executive team.

Dr. Berger will serve as senior vice president and chief operating officer for the organization, according to a news release. In his new role, Dr. Berger will provide management oversight for the development of high quality, cost-effective and clinically integrated patient care services.

He comes to Central Florida Health from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he served as professor and vice chairman for quality and safety in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Dr. Berger previously served as the senior vice president and chief operating officer of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, chief medical officer of the Baylor College of Medicine McNair Facility and operative care line executive of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

Dr. Berger has more than 25 years of health-care leadership experience and is an expert in patient flow, operating room throughput, quality and patient safety. He has extensive experience identifying cutting-edge health-care technology and effectively implementing those technologies in the hospital setting.

“It is truly an honor to be able to support Central Florida Health’s mission of improving the quality of life of the residents of Lake, Sumter and South Marion counties,” Dr. Berger says in the release. “What excites me most is that as a physician senior executive leader within the organization, I will be uniquely positioned to facilitate continuous improvement of the patient care delivery experience by aligning the goals of community physicians with the overall goals of Central Florida Health.”

A native of New York, Dr. Berger received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He completed a general surgery residency at SUNY-Brooklyn, fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and holds a master of science degree in health-care management from the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, the release states.

Central Florida Health is a locally owned and governed not-for-profit health-care system that provides services to Lake, Sumter and Marion counties through inpatient acute hospital services at The Villages Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center, as well as services at other sites. Visit centralfloridahealth.org.