Henry S. Berman, MD

Adolescent Medicine

On staff since July 2006

Academic Title: Clinical Professor

"People say we dont choose adolescent medicine, it chooses us. That captures my situation perfectly. Forty years ago, I had such a powerful experience with one patient whose life I changed and who changed me that it was impossible for me to go into any other field. Since then, my love for my patients has only grown. I have learned so much from them over the years that at this point, the angrier and more confused patients are when I first see them, the more interested I am in helping them work through their problems. It is such a pleasure to work here, where we have a whole interdisciplinary team to help patients and to help each other."

  • Henry S. Berman, MD, is a member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Childrens Hospital and clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He earned his MD from New York University School of Medicine.

    He completed an internship and pediatrics residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and served three years in the U.S. Army. He is board certified in pediatrics. Berman began his work in adolescent medicine at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he developed the HEADS evaluation, now used nationally in obtaining a social history from teens. He specializes in behavioral problems of adolescents, including ADHD, depression, poor school performance including school avoidance and anxiety disorders.

    • Paul Seattle, WA 07.14.11

      Dr. Bermann is the best. He is thoughtful, respectful, caring, and insightful about adolescents and their needs. As a parent I completely trusted Dr. Bermann in every respect. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He really knows what he is doing and I simply cannot say that about every psychiatrist or psychologist. Thanks Doc for everything. take care -- paul peterhans


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

New York University School of Medicine, New York


Pediatrics, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York

Clinical Interests

Adolescents with school problems, including problems with attention, learning and/or behavior. Also, adolescents who have anxiety, depression, or ADHD.

Research Description

Childhood obesity is becoming an increasing problem in both prevalence and severity. No study has ever demonstrated an approach that leads to sustained improvement in the health of overweight/obese adolescents. I am in the process of facilitating the development of an interdisciplinary program for 12-17 year old adolescents whose BMI is at the 95percent or greater.

This program will include the disciplines of nutrition, medicine, behavioral health, nursing, and fitness, and will include both individual assessments and interventions plus group experiences in fitness and in education about aspects of this problem. In addition, it will include follow-up for a substantial period of time, perhaps indefinitely. We will be measuring improvements in physicial health (e.g., stamina, flexibility, blood lipids, BMI) as well as mental health (e.g., quality of life issues, depression, anxiety).

Research Focus Area

Quality Improvement, Obesity