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Berkowitz, Murray

Murray R. Berkowitz, DO, MA, MS, MPH

Murray R. Berkowitz, DO, MA, MS, MPH

Associate Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Department of Bio-Medical Sciences

Dr. Murray R. Berkowitz currently is a tenured associate professor of neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was inaugural director of the Family Medicine/OMM Clerkships.

He is the director of Preventive and Community-Based Medicine and contributes to teaching in the clinical neurosciences course in basic sciences. He is the course director for the biomedical sciences graduate program courses “Biostatistics” and “Epidemiology”.

Most recently, he had a private osteopathic medicine practice in Arlington, Va. and Annapolis, Md. He served as a staff physician at Delaware’s Stockley Center for the Developmentally Disabled. Previously, he worked for the Virginia Dept of Health as director of a three-county health district. Before that, he worked for the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Community Health Administration and was a visiting assistant professor of computer and information sciences at Towson University.

Prior to that, Dr. Berkowitz served on active military duty as a Medical Corps officer in the United States Army. Before attending medical school, he served in numerous assignments in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Berkowitz is a disabled veteran and is a medically retired Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) due to service-connected combat-related disabilities. He was a military aviator and parachutist and also holds the Master Space Badge and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge. He has 26 military awards and decorations.

 

Education

Dr. Murray R. Berkowitz received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery at what is now the Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center. He earned the Master of Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Berkowitz is residency trained in general preventive medicine and public health (State of Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene). He is board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (C-NMM/OMM) American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicinee, as well as in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health (C-PVM) American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine, and holds added certification in Occupational Medicine (CAQ-Occ Med) American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine.

He also earned the Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Columbia University and received his engineering degree at what is now the Polytechnic School of Engineering of NYU. Additionally, he did advanced studies and research at the University of Texas at Arlington and George Mason University.

Dr. Berkowitz is a graduate of the 2004-2005 AOA Health Policy Fellowship. He is also currently a research fellow at the Osteopathic Research Center in Ft Worth, Texas.

 

Memberships

Dr. Berkowitz is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Osteopathy, Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association, Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine, and American Osteopathic Academy of Medical Informatics.

He served as the secretary-treasurer of the Maryland Association of Osteopathic Physicians in 2002-2003 and as vice president in 2006. Dr. Berkowitz also served on the AOA House of Delegates in 2002.

He currently serves on the Osteopathic Diagnosis and Treatment Education, Medical Economics, and Publications Committees of the AAO and was the inaugural chair of the Informational Technologies Committee. He previously served as Vice-President (1992-1993) and President (1993-1994) of the Des Moines Chapter of AMOPS.

Dr. Berkowitz served as associate editor (2009-2011) and scientific editor (Editor-in-Chief) of the American Academy of Osteopathy Journal (2011-2013). He is currently a peer-reviewer for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, the Southern Medical Journal, the British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, and the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. He also serves on the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Editorial Board.

 

Publications

Dr. Berkowitz is a published author and speaker with over 100 manuscripts, papers, and presentations. He has actively consulted in the areas of bioinformatics and medical informatics, as well as the design of computer systems architectures and database systems. He consults in the areas of general preventive medicine and public health, occupational medicine, emergency and disaster planning, and has been a speaker at national and regional medical conferences.

Peer-Reviewed Papers/Posters - Published and Accepted:

2015

Berkowitz MR; “Resolution of Hypothyroidism After Correction of Somatovisceral Reflex Dysfunction by Refusion of the Cervical Spine”; Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (2015) 115(1):46-49.

2014

Paul L and Berkowitz MR; “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for an Unusual Presentation of Fibromyalgia: A Case Report demonstrating the Effectiveness of Disease Guidelines”; International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (2014) 18:141-147. Available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijosm.2014.11.001

Gougian, R. L. and Berkowitz, M. R.; "Gray Zone: Why a Delayed Acceptance of Osteopathic Medicine Persists in the International Community"; Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (2014) 114(10):754-760.

Licciardone JC, Kearns CM, King HH, Seffinger MA, Crow WT, Zajac P, Devine WH, Abu-Sbaih RY, Miller SJ, Berkowitz MR, Dyer R, Heath DM, Treffer KD, Nevins NA, Aryal S; “Somatic Dysfunction and Use of Osteopathic Manual Treatment Tecniques during Ambulatory Medical Care Visits: A CONCORD-PBRN Study”; Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (2014) 114(5):344-354.

Berkowitz, M. R.; “Rationale for a Public Health Informatics Curriculum”; Journal of Applied Learning Technologies, (2014), 4(1):6-10.

Kant, R. and Berkowitz M. R.; “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment of Pelvic Dysfunction in a Post-Partum Patient with Co-Morbid Headaches: A Case Report”; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Mar 2014; 24(1):8-11.

Berkowitz, M. R.; “Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Using Non-Emotionally Charged Material to Re-learn how to Learn: A Case Report”; Psychology (February 2014) 5(2):148-150.

Berkowitz, M. R.; “Design of a Public Health Informatics Curriculum”; Journal for Computing Sciences in Colleges (January 2014), 29(3):13-20.

2013

Berkowitz, M. R.; “Assessing Impact of Not Attending Lectures on Osteopathic Medical Student Performance: Brief Survey of the Literature and Proposed Future Research”; International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (2013) 16(4):212-215, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijosm.2013.06.001 (available online)

Chung A., and Berkowitz M. R.; “Comparison of Smallpox vs. HIV/AIDS Eradication Strategies”; Journal of AIDS and Clinical Research (2013) S6: 003; doi: 10.4172/2155-6113.S6-003; http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2155-6113.S6-003

Hua K.K., Shrestha A., Suffredini J., Barlow M.E., Jacob E., and Berkowitz, M.R.; “Integration of Local Youth Volunteers as an International Ostepathic Education Paradigm (Johr-Mahankal, Kathmandu District in Nepal)”; poster at the 15th Annual International Seminar and Poster Session, 118th Annual American Osteopathic Convention (OMED); Las Vegas, Nevada; October 2013. (This poster was awarded second prize.) 

Berkowitz, M. R.; “Public Health Considerations of Nuclear Waste Disposal by launching it to the Sun”; Air and Space Power Journal (2013), 27(6):114-123. (Also in French in Air and Space Power Journal – Africa and Francophonie (2013) 4(2):5-12.) (Also in Chinese in Air and Space Power Journal – Chinese (2014) 8(3):40-44.) 

Berkowitz, M. R.; “Application of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field to Treat Left Superior Homonymous Hemianopsia”; International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijosm.2013.01.013 (in press)

Berkowitz, M. R.; “High-Level Specification of a Proposed Information Architecture for Support of a Bioterrorism Early-Warning System”; Southern Medical Journal (2013), 106(1):31-36.

Smallwood, C. R., Borgerding, C. J., Cox, M. S., and Berkowitz, M. R.; “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) during labor facilitates a natural, drug-free childbirth for a primigravida patient: A Case Report”; International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (2013), 16:170-177 available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijosm.2012.10.005. 

2012

Olds, K. and Berkowitz, M. R.; “Isolated calcaneofibular ligament injuries treated with osteopathic manipulative treatment: A case series”; International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (2012), 15, 166-172. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijosm.2012.06.001

Berkowitz, M. R.; “Military Medicine and Civilian Medicine: A Comparison”; Maryland Medicine, Nov 2012, 13(3):17-18.

Berkowitz, M. R., Cruser, D. A., Podawiltz, A., Henley, C. E., Yuan, A., Navarro, A. M., and Cymet, T.; “A Motor Vehicle Collision Involving a Veteran: A Teaching Case from the Joining Forces Teaching Curriculum for Medical Students”; Maryland Medicine, Nov 2012, 13(3):20-23.

Berkowitz, M. R.; “Occupational and public health considerations for work-hour limitations policy regarding public health workers during response to natural and human-caused disasters”; American Journal of Disaster Medicine, Summer 2012, 7(3):189-198. (DOI:10.5055/ajdm.2012.0094)

Berkowitz, M. R.; “Military Medicine Content in an Osteopathic Medical School’s Curriculum”; Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2012, 112(7):416-417.

Malie, P. M., Sonnier, M. Q, Jr., and Berkowitz, M. R.; "Understanding Blast-Induced Traumatic Brain Injury (bTBI) through Mechanisms and Patterns of Injury"; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Vol 22, No 2; Summer 2012, 10-16.

Malie, P. M. and Berkowitz, M. R.; "Clinical Management and Multipotential Treatment Strategies for Blast-Induced Traumatic Brain Injury (bTBI)"; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Vol 22, No 2; Summer 2012, 18-23.

Sonnier, M. Q, Jr. and Berkowitz, M. R.; "Blast-Induced Mild Traumatic Brain Injury as Etiology of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Military Veterans"; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Vol 22, No 2; Summer 2012, 25-34.

Cara, L. and Berkowitz, M. R.; "Sociodemographic Analysis of Psychiatric Emergency Services in a State with Greater than Average Veteran Density"; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Vol 22, No 2; Summer 2012, 36-41.

Lovy, A. and Berkowitz, M. R.; "Holistic Osteopathic Approach to the Care of Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Case Report"; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Vol 22, No 2; Summer 2012, 43-47.

Malie, P. M. and Berkowitz, M. R.; "Biomarkers and Neuroimaging Techniques to Detect Blast-Induced Traumatic Brain Injury (bTBI)"; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Vol 22, No 2; Summer 2012, 49-53.

Berkowitz, M. R.; “Application of osteopathic manipulative treatment to a patient with unremitting chest pain and shortness of breath undergoing ‘Rule-Out Myocardial Infarction’ protocol for one week”; International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (2012), 15, 73-77.

2011 

Ishii, J., Ehrenfeuchter, W. C., Olds, K. M., Berkowitz, M.R.; “Sacroiliac joint sparing in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis – An osteopathic approach”; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Vol 21, No 4; December 2011, 35-39.

Chong, A. and Berkowitz, M. R.; "Osteopathic Approach to a Patient with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome"; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Vol 21, No 2; June 2011.

Shah, R. and Berkowitz, M. R.; "Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment of Isolated Chronic Sphenoidal Sinusitis in a Post-Sinus Surgery Patient:  A Case Report"; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Vol 21, No 1, March 2011.

2010 

Harding S., Tidwell C., Cruz M., Morse J., Bishop K., Tidwell B., Morris-Mitchell M., and Berkowitz, M.; “Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in the Andes Mountains of Peru”; poster at the 12th Annual International Seminar and Poster Session, 115th Annual American Osteopathic Convention (OMED); San Francisco, California; October 2010.

Ridgeway, V. and Berkowitz, M. R.; "Somatic Dysfunction Following Sigmoid Colon Resection for Diverticulitis:  A Case Report"; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Vol. 20, No. 2, June 2010.

Berkowitz, M. R.: “Holistic Osteopathic Approach Reveals Unusual Etiology for Vertigo with Co-morbid Headache: A Case Report”; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2010.

2009

Berkowitz, M. R.; “Application of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field to Successfully Treat Vertigo: A Case Series”; American Academy of Osteopathy Journal; Vol. 19, No. 3, September 2009.

 

Last Updated: 8/6/15