Alumni Spotlight: David Berger, CEO of University Hospital of Brooklyn – Downstate

Name: David Berger

Current Job Title: CEO

Employer/Current Organization: University Hospital of Brooklyn – Downstate

Graduation Year: 1980

Major: Biochemistry

Campus Involvement: Harpur’s Ferry, Chemistry Lab Research, Dorm Governance, Intramural Sports

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How did your experience at Binghamton help prepare you for your first position after graduation?

Excellent science experience helped me get into medical school.


For a career in your field, what skills do you think are most important right now?

Leadership, big data, collaboration


What would you look for if you were in a position to hire new graduates for your company?

Able to work well with others, service, leadership, strong academic background


If you could do college all over again, what would you add to your college experience?

Spend more time involved in service activities


What is one thing you think a student can do before senior year to be ready for the job search?

Research the industry well.  Know who they will be interviewing.  Spend time outside of classroom involved in service activities.


What is the best piece of career advice you would give to current students?

Learn to manage your time effectively so you don’t waste your four years!

By Erica Kryst
Erica Kryst Senior Associate Director, Career Experiences and Education Erica Kryst