Scott Berns

Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH

President and CEO

Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH has extensive experience in both clinical and administrative roles, along with a passion for improving children’s health, especially among vulnerable children.

Berns joined NICHQ from the March of Dimes National Office, where he was the Senior Vice President of Chapter Programs and Deputy Medical Officer. There he provided direction in education and community services to all March of Dimes state-based chapters, including DC and Puerto Rico. Berns directed national initiatives that are implemented in communities, such as family support and professional development in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU), mobile health care, and Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait®. He is editor and co-author of “Toward Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy III: Enhancing Perinatal Health Through Quality, Safety and Performance Initiatives.”

Berns is a board certified pediatrician and pediatric emergency physician. He is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Clinical Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown School of Public Health in Providence, RI. He formerly held the post of Medical Director of Pediatric Trauma at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI for 7 years. Berns is also a co-founder of The Progeria Research Foundation, Inc., and serves as its chairman of the board.

Berns received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Boston University. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Rhode Island Hospital and completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Berns earned a masters of public health from the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in health, policy and management. Berns also completed a one-year White House Fellowship where he served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Berns has made multiple media appearances as an expert in perinatal health; his son Sam and family were featured in an HBO Emmy Award-winning documentary titled “Life According to Sam.” Among many accolades, Berns has received the Willis Wingert Award for excellence in research in pediatric emergency medicine, a national award from the National Perinatal Association, and a public health service award from the U.S. Department of Transportation.