Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program
MGH BIDMC Harvard Medical School

Katherine Berg, MD


Katherine Berg, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interests

Dr. Berg is the Assistant Director of the BIDMC Center for Resuscitation Science, where her overarching academic interest is in improving outcomes after cardiac arrest, with a particular interest in arrest in the in-hospital setting. Her multifaceted approach includes clinical trials investigating the ability of metabolic resuscitation to support aerobic metabolism in the post-arrest state, a collaborative project on decreasing the incidence of preventable cardiac arrest in the ICU, and cardiac arrest guidelines work with the American Heart Association and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. 

Awards and Recognition
Dr. Berg is supported by a K23 award from the NHLBI for her study on thiamine after in-hospital cardiac arrest. She serves as a member of the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science committee at the American Heart Association, and on the Advanced Life Support Task Force at the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. 


A full list of Dr. Berg’s published work can be found on My Bibliography

More information can be found on Dr. Berg's Harvard Catalyst Profile.


+Current Projects

  • Thiamine to increase VO2 and decrease lactate after in-hospital cardiac arrest (PI)
  • Thiamine as a metabolic resuscitator after (out-of-hospital) cardiac arrest (co-investigator)
  • Ubiquinol after cardiac arrest (co-investigator)
  • Assessment and modification of preventability of cardiac arrest in the ICU (co-investigator)

+Selected Publications

  1. Moskowitz A, Holmberg MJ, Donnino MW, Berg KM. In-hospital cardiac arrest: are we overlooking a key distinction? Curr Opin Crit Care. 2018 Jun; 24(3):151-157. PMID: 29688939.
  2. Uber A, Grossestreuer AV, Ross CE, Patel PV, Trehan A, Donnino MW, Berg KM. Preliminary observations in systemic oxygen consumption during targeted temperature management after cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2018 Jun; 127:89-94. PMID: 29626611.
  3. Moskowitz A, Grossestreuer AV, Berg KM, Patel PV, Ganley S, Casasola Medrano M, Cocchi MN, Donnino MW. The association between tidal volume and neurological outcome following in-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2018 Mar; 124:106-111. PMID: 29292026.
  4. Berg KM, Grossestreuer AV, Uber A, Patel PV, Donnino MW. Intubation is not a marker for coma after in-hospital cardiac arrest: A retrospective study. Resuscitation. 2017 Oct; 119:18-20. PMID: 28750886.
  5. Myers L, Mikhael B, Currier P, Berg K, Jena A, Donnino M, Andersen LW. The association between physician turnover (the "July Effect") and survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2017 05; 114:133-140. PMID: 28285032.
  6. Ikeda K, Liu X, Kida K, Marutani E, Hirai S, Sakaguchi M, Andersen LW, Bagchi A, Cocchi MN, Berg KM, Ichinose F, Donnino MW. Thiamine as a neuroprotective agent after cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2016 08; 105:138-44. PMID: 27185216.
  7. Andersen LW, Kurth T, Chase M, Berg KM, Cocchi MN, Callaway C, Donnino MW. Early administration of epinephrine (adrenaline) in patients with cardiac arrest with initial shockable rhythm in hospital: propensity score matched analysis. BMJ. 2016 Apr 06; 353:i1577. PMID: 27053638; PMCID: PMC4823528.
  8. Donnino MW, Andersen LW, Berg KM, Chase M, Sherwin R, Smithline H, Carney E, Ngo L, Patel PV, Liu X, Cutlip D, Zimetbaum P, Cocchi MN. Corticosteroid therapy in refractory shock following cardiac arrest: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, trial. Crit Care. 2016 Apr 03; 20:82. PMID: 27038920; PMCID: PMC4818959.
  9. Donnino MW, Andersen LW, Chase M, Berg KM, Tidswell M, Giberson T, Wolfe R, Moskowitz A, Smithline H, Ngo L, Cocchi MN. Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Thiamine as a Metabolic Resuscitator in Septic Shock: A Pilot Study. Crit Care Med. 2016 Feb; 44(2):360-7. PMID: 26771781; PMCID: PMC4754670 [Available on 02/01/17].
  10. Donnino MW, Andersen LW, Berg KM, Reynolds JC, Nolan JP, Morley PT, Lang E, Cocchi MN, Xanthos T, Callaway CW, Soar J. Temperature Management After Cardiac Arrest: An Advisory Statement by the Advanced Life Support Task Force of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and the Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation. Circulation. 2015 Dec 22; 132(25):2448-56. PMID: 26434495.
  11. Andersen LW, Kim WY, Chase M, Berg KM, Mortensen SJ, Moskowitz A, Novack V, Cocchi MN, Donnino MW. The prevalence and significance of abnormal vital signs prior to in-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2016 Jan; 98:112-7. PMID: 26362486; PMCID: PMC4715919 [Available on 01/01/17].
  12. Berg KM, Gautam S, Salciccioli JD, Giberson T, Saindon B, Donnino MW. Intravenous thiamine is associated with increased oxygen consumption in critically ill patients with preserved cardiac index. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014 Dec; 11(10):1597-601. PMID: 25390455; PMCID: PMC4298978.
  13. Donnino MW, Salciccioli JD, Howell MD, Cocchi MN, Giberson B, Berg K, Gautam S, Callaway C. Time to administration of epinephrine and outcome after in-hospital cardiac arrest with non-shockable rhythms: retrospective analysis of large in-hospital data registry. BMJ. 2014 May 20; 348:g3028. PMID: 24846323; PMCID: PMC4027796.
  14. Kim WY, Giberson TA, Uber A, Berg K, Cocchi MN, Donnino MW. Neurologic outcome in comatose patients resuscitated from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with prolonged downtime and treated with therapeutic hypothermia. Resuscitation. 2014 Aug; 85(8):1042-6. PMID: 24746783; PMCID: PMC4087050.
  15. Cocchi MN, Giberson B, Berg K, Salciccioli JD, Naini A, Buettner C, Akuthota P, Gautam S, Donnino MW. Coenzyme Q10 levels are low and associated with increased mortality in post-cardiac arrest patients. Resuscitation. 2012 Aug; 83(8):991-5. PMID: 22465806; PMCID: PMC3658101.