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Jessica R. Berman, MD


About Dr. Berman


Dr. Jessica R. Berman enjoys caring for patients with a variety of autoimmune and rheumatic diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis, Sjogren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic and seronegative arthritis, and mixed, overlap and undifferentiated cconnective tissue diseases.

Dr. Berman co-founded the HSS Academy of Rheumatology Medical Educators with Dr. Stephen Paget in 2011. This aims to establish a stimulating and empowering academic educational environment that enhances the quality of teaching and promotes teaching careers and education research. Through the money raised by the Academy, funding of important education initiatives and programs in the department are made possible.

She received the American College of Rheumatology Clinician Scholar Educator Award from the Rheumatology Research Foundation in 2009, has taken on leadership roles on several Education committees with the American College of Rheumatology and won several teaching awards. Her education research has focused on the assessment of professionalism using an interprofessional OSCE and the development of Academies of Medical Education to foster education scholarship and advance educators’ careers.

Dr. Berman co-founded the HSS Academy of Rheumatology Medical Educators with Dr. Stephen Paget in 2011. This aims to establish a stimulating and empowering academic educational environment that enhances the quality of teaching and promotes teaching careers and education research. Through the money raised by the Academy, funding of important education initiatives and programs in the department are made possible.

Dr. Berman also collaborates with the FDNY and NY Department of Health in important research regarding the development of sarcoid and other autoimmune diseases following 911-related exposures. She takes pride in caring for firefighters and other first responders with 911-related autoimmune disease.

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Special Expertise

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Sjogren's Syndrome
Undifferentiated and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Psoriatic Arthritis
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Inflammatory Bowel Disease-Associated Arthritis

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Associate Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Medicine (Education), Weill Cornell Medical College
Co-Director, Academy of Medical Educators, Hospital for Special Surgery


Rheumatology, 2012


Academy of Medical Educators Research Grants, 2012-13 and 2014-15
Clinician Scholar Educator Award, ACR-RRF, 2009-2012
Emmanuel Rudd Teaching Award, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2005, 2019
Phi Beta Kappa, Vassar College, 1988


Harvard Medical School
Harvard Macy 


Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts


Hospital for Special Surgery, Rheumatology

State Licensure



For My Patients

Preparing For Your Appointment

Prepare for your appointment by completing the New Patient Forms. We ask that you please bring them with you to the appointment filled out and completed. The more information we have for the initial consult, the more productive your visit will be.


  • New Patient Forms: which includes the Billing/Collection Policy, Registration, Authorization for Release of Records, and Patient Questionnaire.
  • Insurance card(s), Driver's license, Photo identification.
  • Copies of medical records: Recent doctor's office notes, hospital records if available, recent laboratory results, imaging study results (x-rays, MRI films), and a current list of medications.

Office Hours and Appointments

Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9am to 4pm, and Friday 9am to 3pm. Please call the office directly at 212.774.7501 to make an appointment and register. New patient appointments are one hour long and booked in advance. Follow-up visits usually last 20 minutes. Some calls may be answered by the answering service. Kindly leave a detailed message and the call will be returned.

Late Patient Policy

Living, traveling and working in New York City is usually not so easy. I am well aware of this. Occasionally we run behind for reasons that are not always under our control. Dr. Berman may run late in practice because of emergencies, although this is rare.

In an effort to be fair to all patients (including those who are on time), if you are late for an appointment we will try to accommodate you at the earliest possible time. However, follow-up patients who were on time for their appointments will be seen first. Sometimes, you may find it preferable to reschedule an appointment rather than wait. However, please be sure to make the nurse know if you are having an emergency so we can handle the problem immediately. New patients who are greater than 15 minutes will not be seen and must be rescheduled to allow enough time for a full history and physical exam.


If you are unable to attend your appointment, please call and cancel within 24 hours so that the appointment can be offered to someone else. Persistent failure to attend the appointments that are booked and excessively cancelled will lead us to consider whether we can continue to reschedule your appointment.



Publications by Dr. Berman

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles


Berman J, et al. The New York City Rheumatology Objective Structured Clinical Examination (ROSCE): Five Year Data Demonstrates its Validity, Usefulness as a Unique Rating Tool, Objectivity and Sensitivity to Change, Arthritis Care and Research. 2009. Vol 61. No 12,1686-1693.

Berman JR, Aizer J, Bass AR, Cats-Baril WL, Parrish EJ, Robbins L, Salmon JE, Paget SA. Building a rheumatology education academy: insights from assessment of needs during a rheumatology division retreat. J Rheumatol. 2012 Jun; 39(6):1280-6. Epub 2012 Apr 15.

Berman JR, Aizer J, Bass AR, Cats-Baril WL, Parrish EJ, Robbins L, Salmon JE, Paget SA. Creating an Academy of Medical Educators: How and Where to Start. Hospital for Special Surgery Journal 2012 8 (2):165-168.

Berman J, Aizer J, Bass AR, Blanco I, Davidson A, Dwyer E, Fields TR, Kang J, Kerr L, Krasnokutsky-Samuels S, Lazaro DM, Schwartzman-Morris JS, Paget SA and Pillinger MH. Trainee Use of Medical Jargon Correlates Inversely with Patient and Observer Perceptions of Professionalism: Results of a Subspecialty OSCE Using Challenging Patient Scenarios. J Grad.Med.Ed. submitted, March 2015.

Berman JR, Aizer J, Bass AR, Blanco I, Davidson A, Dwyer E, Fields TR, Huang WT, Kang JS, Kerr LD, Krasnokutsky-Samuels S, Lazaro DM, Schwartzman-Morris JS, Paget SA, Pillinger MH. Fellow use of medical jargon correlates inversely with patient and observer perceptions of professionalism: results of a rheumatology OSCE (ROSCE) using challenging patient scenarios.
Clin Rheumatol. 2016 Aug;35(8):2093-2099.

Berman JR, Kenneth S. O’Rourke, Sharon L. Kolasinski, Juliet Aizer, Mary Wheatley, Michael J. Battistone, Bernadette Siaton, Lisa Criscione-Schreiber, Michael H. Pillinger and Deana M. Lazaro. The Rheumatology Research Foundation Clinician Scholar Educator Award: Fifteen Years Promoting Rheumatology Educators and Education. Arthritis Care Res 2016 Nov;68(11):1591-1597.

Berman JR, Aizer J, Bass AR, Parrish E, Robbins L, Tiongson M, Paget S. Hospital for Special Surgery Academy of Rheumatology Medical Educators: 5-year outcomes demonstrate the value of supporting education research in the academic environment. Academic Medicine, 2021 July:96 (7): 1010-12.


Clinical and Basic Science

Berman J, Girardi G, Salmon J. TNF Alpha is a Critical Effector and a Target for Therapy in Antiphospholipid Antibody-Induced Pregnancy Loss. The Journal of Immunology, 2005, 174: 485-490.

Loupasakis K, Berman J, Glaser MS, Jaber N, Zeig-Owens R, Webber MP, Moir W, Qayyum B, Weiden MD, Nolan A, Kelly KJ, Aldrich TK and Prezant DJ. Refractory Sarcoid Arthritis in World Trade Center- Exposed New York City Firefighters: a Case Series. J Clin Rheum, vol21.No 1. Jan 2015.p19-23.

Hena KM, Yip J, Jaber N, Goldfarb D, Fullam K, Cleven K, Moir W, Zeig-Owens R, Webber MP, Spevack DM, Judson MA, Maier L, Krumerman A, Aizer A, Spivack SD, Berman J, Aldrich TK, Prezant DJ; FDNY Sarcoidosis Clinical Research Group* Clinical Course of Sarcoidosis in World Trade Center Exposed Firefighters. Chest. 2018 Jan;153(1):114-123.

Webber MP, Moir W, Zeig-Owens R, Glaser MS, Jaber N, Hall C, Berman J, Qayyum B , Loupasakis K, Kelly KJ and Prezant DJ. Post-9/11/2001 Incidence of Systemic Autoimmune Diseases in World Trade Center-Exposed Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service Workers. Mayo Clin Proc. 2016 Jan;91(1):23-32.

Miller-Archie S, Izmirly P, Berman J, Brite J, Walker D, Dasilva R, Petrsoric L, Cone J, Systemic autoimmune disease among adults exposed to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2020 May;72(5):849-859.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


Scholarly Interests

Medical Education

  • Use of the NYC-Rheumatology OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) to 1) assess professionalism in the trainee and other ACGME-mandated competencies and 2) explore trainee use of jargon and empathy and the correlation with patients' assessment of physician professionalism.
  • The Role of Education Academies in the Academic Teaching Setting: Both the Implementation and Effect on the Development of the Clinician Scholar Educator and Research Productivity.

The Effect of 9-11 Environmental Exposure and Relationship to Rheumatic Disease

  • Development of Sarcoid Arthritis with Unique Clinical Features and Treatment Response
  • Greater Incidence of Autoimmune Connective Tissue Diseases.

Clinical Trials

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of March 01, 2022, Dr. Berman reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

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