Dr. Berman has a strong record of teaching and basic science research with interests varying from general Neurology to Neurodegenerative Diseases of Aging. He is active on a national level and serves as a reviewer for the Quality Standards Subcommittee and Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee for the American Academy of Neurology, member of the Editorial Board for E-Medicine and Chief Editor for eMedicine Neurology, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Society for Neuroscience. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Dr. Berman began his medical career at the University of Illinois where he earned a combined M.D/Ph.D. degree. He continued his training at the Johns Hopkins affiliated Greater Baltimore Medical Center, then Neurology Residency & Molecular Genetics fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. Upon completing this training, Dr. Berman was appointed as Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Chicago where he performed basic research on Alzheimer’s disease and had a clinical practice focused on neurogenerative disease. In his final year at Chicago, he held a concurrent Visiting Scholar position at Harvard Biological Laboratories where he continued his research related to Alzheimer’s disease. In 1989, Dr. Berman was recruited to the University of Texas, MD Anderson Hospital as an Assistant Professor of Neurology. In this position he continued his Alzheimer’s research and his clinical practice focused on treating neuro-oncology and geriatric neurodegenerative patients. Next, Dr. Berman moved to Boston, where he completed a Clinical Neurophysiology and Neurorehabilitation fellowship at Harvard Medical School. During his time at Harvard, he served as Instructor then Assistant Professor for the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry. In 1996, Dr. Berman became a Professor of Neurology for Louisiana State University. In this role, he expanded his research and served as a PI or co-PI on numerous clinical protocols for stroke, neuropathy, and muscular dystrophy studies. Before coming to UCF, Dr. Berman served as Professor of Neurology at Dartmouth Medical School and Chief of the Neurology Service at one of Dartmouth’s two major teaching hospitals, the White River Junction Veterans Hospital.

The College of Medicine welcomed Dr. Berman in October of 2010. In his role as Professor of Neurology, he is responsible for developing and implementing neuroscience curriculum in the Mind and Body module.  He also serves as an Assistant Director for the Focused Individual Research Experience and Core Neurology Clerkship. In addition, spends a portion of his time practicing neurology at UCF Health.


Bursztajn S, Berman SA, Gilbert W. Differential expression of acetylcholine receptor mRNA in nuclei of cultured muscle cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1989; 86:2928-32.

Berman SA, Bursztajn S, Kinnard R, Cashman N, Arnason BGW. Changes in N myc mRNA expression associated with dibutyryl cyclic AMP induced neuroblastoma differentiation. J Neurogenet 1989;6:75-86.

Bursztajn S, Berman SA, Gilbert W. Factors released by ciliary neurons and spinal cord explants induce acetylcholine receptor mRNA expression in cultured muscle cells. J Neurobiol 1990;21:387-99.

Berman SA, Bursztajn S, Bowen B, Gilbert W. Localization of an acetylcholine receptor intron to the nuclear membrane. Science 1990;247:212-14.

Berman SA and Sanders DB. Assessment of Neuromuscular Transmission. In eMedicine Neurology, Nicholas Lorenzo Ed., 2007.

Packer S and Berman SA. Serotonin Syndrome Precipitated by the monoamine oxidase inhibitor linezolid. American Journal of Psychiatry. 164(2):346-7, 2007.

Dinnerstein E, Collins D, and Berman S. Case Report: a patient with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder developing Stiff Person Syndrome- is there a correlation? Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology. 2007.

Bursztajn S., W.A. Falls, S. A. Berman and M. J. Friedman. Cell Proliferation in the Brains of NMDAR NR1 Transgenic Mice. Brain Research,1172:10-20, 2007.

Bursztajn S, Kim A.M., Falls W.A, Berman S.A., and Friedman M.J. Enhanced neurogenesis in NMDA NR1 transgenic mouse –role of fear conditioning (submitted).

Ault J and Berman SA, Temporomandibular Disorders. In Emedicine Neurology, Nicholas Lorenzo Ed, 2009.

Ault J and Berman SA, Schwartz Jampel Syndrome. In Emedicine Neurology, Nicholas Lorenzo Ed, 2009.

Rauschkolb P and Berman SA. Neuroacanthocytosis. In Emedicine Neurology, Nicholas Lorenzo Ed., 2009.

Ault J and Berman SA, Machiafava Bignami Disease. In Emedicine Neurology, Nicholas Lorenzo Ed, 2009.

Azevedo DJ and Berman SA. Olivopontocerebellar Atrophy. In Emedicine Neurology, Nicholas Lorenzo Ed, 2009.

Vertrees SM and Berman SA. Chorea in Adults. In Emedicine Neurology, Nicholas Lorenzo Ed, 2009.

Rauschkolb P and Berman SA. Striatonigral Degeneration. In Emedicine Neurology, Nicholas Lorenzo Ed., 2009. Guardia CF and Berman SA. Ulnar neuropathy. Emedicine Neurology, 2010.

James, J and Berman S. A 66 Year-Old Woman With Weakness and Worsening Vision. Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery—Neuroimaging Case Challenge. May 3, 2010.

Guardia CF and Berman SA. Case Challenge: A Veteran With Tremor and Impaired Walking. Medscape Neurology & Neurosurgery. Neurology Case Challenge: 11/10/2010.

Education & Specialties

  • B.S., Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
  • M.D./Ph.D., Medicine/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
  • Intern, Medicine, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Johns Hopkins, Towson, Maryland
  • Resident, Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • Fellow, Molecular Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • Fellow, Clinical Neurophysiology and Neurorehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, West Roxbury Veterans Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • M.B.A., Physician Executive MBA Program, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee


  • Neurodegenerative Diseases of Aging
  • Neuropsychiatry/Neurobehavior
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Neurodegenerative Neuromuscular Disease
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • General Neurology