David J. Berkoff, MD

Professor of Orthopaedics

Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine


  • BS: University of Michigan
  • MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
  • Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Jacobi and Montefiore Medical Centers
  • Fellowship:  Duke University Medical Center (Primary care sports medicine)
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Associate Editor, British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Board Member, AMSSM
  • Vice-Chair, Research Committee, AMSSM
  • Member, AUIM MSK Task Force
  • Reviewer:  Journal of Emergency Medicine; Journal of Electrocardiology; Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise; Journal of Athletic Training; Journal of Internal and Emergency Medicine
  • Best Overall Research Award.  AMSSM national conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2007
  • NCAA Best Research Poster Award.  AMSSM national conference, Santa Fe, NM, 2006
  • Harry Galanty Young Investigator Award.  AMSSM national conference, Austin, TX, 2005
Clinical Interests

Keeping patients of all ages active:

  • Tenex-minimally invasive partial tenotomy for chronic tendon problems
  • Cytokine treatments
  • Novel non-operative treatments for orthopaedic issues and sports medicine
  • All general musculoskeletal issues as well as injuries specific to athletes of all types
  • Special interests in MSK ultrasound; platelet rich plasma; endurance athletes
  • Chronic tendinopathy
Research Interests
  • PRP
  • Cytokines
  • Tendinopathy
  • Non-operative management of MSK injuries
Academic Appointments
2001-2003 Emergency Medicine attending; Lawrence Hospital, Bronxville, NY
2002-2007 Coordinator of Physiologic Testing; Michael Krzyzewski Human Performance Laboratory, Duke University
2003-2005 Assistant Professor; Department of Emergency Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
2006-2010 Assistant Professor; Departments of Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
2006-present Consultant; Assistant to Chief of Medical Affairs in ongoing medical issues and on-site medical assistance; NBA
2010-2011 Associate Professor; Departments of Emergency Medicine and Orthopedics, Duke University Medical Center
2011-present Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, UNC School of Medicine
Selected Publications (see entire list available at PubMed)
  • Fibrin glue as a non-invasive outpatient treatment for post-arthroscopic knee seromas.   Berkoff DJ, Kanaan M, Kamath G.   Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2013 Apr 12.
  • Boggess BR, Berkoff, DJ.  Dorsal Wrist Mass: The Carpal BossBMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.01.2011.369
  • Berkoff, DJ, Boggess BR.  Carpal contusions in an elite platform diverBMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.01.2011.3691
  • Sanchez L, Pereira J, Berkoff DJ . The evaluation of cardiac complaints in the marathon runner. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2009 May;36(4)396-76.
  • Berkoff, DJ et al Heart Rate Variability in Elite American Track and Field Athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2007 Feb;21(1):227-31.
  • Sanchez L, Corwell, Berkoff DJ. Ischemic colitis in marathon runners: a case-based review. J Emerg Med. 2006 Apr;30(3):321-6.
  • Sanchez l, Berkoff DJ.  Medical Problems of Marathon Runners. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2006 Sep;24(5):608-15.
  • Berkoff, DJ Sanchez L Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma: An uncommon presentation of a common problem.  JEM, June 2005
  • Berkoff, DJ, Bytomski J, Toth A. Intramuscular Pectoralis Major Tear in a Lacrosse Player Performing The Bench Press; a Case Report In Press Journal of Athletic Training News