Joel Berman is a practicing surgeon in southern California.

He graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in English and American Literature and Theatre Arts. While in college he acted in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, wrote poetry and plays, and attempted to write a novel. When the latter failed, he was somehow waylaid into medicine at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center where he earned his M.D. degree. He went on to study general and vascular surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and in Milwaukee, also earning a Master’s degree in surgery. This was followed by two years defending America, serving as a major in the U.S. Air Force in Rome, New York, where he had an opportunity to use his surgical skills on commissioned and non-commissioned officers and their families.

He would have gone to work as a surgeon in Syracuse, New York with his father, but when the senior Dr. Berman passed away from lung cancer, Dr. Berman decided to start fresh in Southern California where he has been in private surgical practice for many years. He has served as chief of surgery at his hospital, a director of a Center for Breast Care, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at USC Medical Center.

He has a wide scope of interests including: classical music, literature, theatre, book collecting, studying Greek, Latin and most recently Chinese, and Grapho-analysis (the study of handwriting).

His more than twenty manuscripts include two published nonfiction works, Comprehensive Breast Care and Surviving Breast Cancer and Understanding Surgery, both texts written for the layman. These are easy reading with Dr. Berman’s own humorous poetical touches. His fictional works vary from the most recent novel, Scalpel, about a surgeon killing malpractice attorneys, Circle in the Water, about the tragedy of those involved when a woman is terribly disfigured by a terrorist’s bombs, to The Girl With Emerald Eyes, a murder mystery involving stolen manuscripts, spanning a thousand years, taking place in Hastings, England from the time of William the Conqueror to the present day. His 900 page mystery saga, The Cloak of Hippocrates, to be published in early 2007, traces the growth of a young doctor in the nineteenth century, weaving a picture of historical presence with a tale of intrigue involving the Whitechapel, London murders of Jack the Ripper.

Joel Berman is also the author of a yet to be published play on Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.

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