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David J. Berkoff, MD

David J. Berkoff, MD

Nonoperative Sports Medicine

Education and Experience


  • Yeshiva University, Bronx, 1993 - 1997


  • Duke Sports Medicine, 2005 - 2006
  • Area: Primary Care Sports Medicine


  • Beth Israel Medical Center, 1997 - 1998


  • Jacobi Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center, 1998 - 2001
  • Area: Emergency Medicine


  • Certificate of Added Qualification-Sports Medicine, Board Certified
  • Emergency Medicine, Board Certified

Clinical Expertise

Keeping patients of all ages active:
  • Tenex-minimally invasive partial tenotomy for chronic tendon problems
  • Cytokine treatments
  • Novel non-operative treatments for orthopaedic issues and sports medicine
  • All general musculoskeletal issues as well as injuries specific to athletes of all types
  • Special interests in MSK ultrasound; platelet rich plasma; endurance athletes
  • Chronic tendinopathy

Research Interests

  • PRP
  • Cytokines
  • Tendinopathy
  • Non-operative management of MSK injuries

Current Appointments

  • 2006- present Consultant; Assistant to Chief of Medical Affairs in ongoing medical issues and on-site medical assistance; NBA
  • 2011- present Professor of Orthopaedics, UNC School of Medicine
  • 2015- present Division Chief of Primary Care and Interventional Sports Medicine
  • 2020- present Vice Chair of Clinical Operations

Honors, Awards & Achievements

  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, 2018
  • Best Doctors in America recipient, 2018
  • FALD Leadership Course Attendant UNC, 2017
  • Best Doctors in America recipient, 2017
  • Accepted into UNC Faculty Leadership Course Taught by Dr. Haupt and Eringhaus, 2017
  • Carolina Cares Excellence Leader, 2015
  • Best Overall Research Award. AMSSM national conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2007
  • NCAA Best Research Poster Award. AMSSM national conference, Santa Fe, NM, 2006
  • Harry Galanty Young Investigator Award. AMSSM national conference, Austin, TX, 2005


  • Fibrin glue as a non-invasive outpatient treatment for post-arthroscopic knee seromas. Berkoff DJ, Kanaan M, Kamath G. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2013 Apr 12.
  • Boggess BR, Berkoff, DJ. Dorsal Wrist Mass: The Carpal BossBMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.01.2011.369
  • Berkoff, DJ, Boggess BR. Carpal contusions in an elite platform diverBMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.01.2011.3691
  • Sanchez L, Pereira J, Berkoff DJ . The evaluation of cardiac complaints in the marathon runner. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2009 May;36(4)396-76.
  • Berkoff, DJ et al Heart Rate Variability in Elite American Track and Field Athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2007 Feb;21(1):227-31.
  • Sanchez L, Corwell, Berkoff DJ. Ischemic colitis in marathon runners: a case-based review. J Emerg Med. 2006 Apr;30(3):321-6.
  • Sanchez l, Berkoff DJ. Medical Problems of Marathon Runners. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2006 Sep;24(5):608-15.
  • Berkoff, DJ Sanchez L Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma: An uncommon presentation of a common problem. JEM, June 2005
  • Berkoff, DJ, Bytomski J, Toth A. Intramuscular Pectoralis Major Tear in a Lacrosse Player Performing The Bench Press; a Case Report In Press Journal of Athletic Training News
see entire list available at PubMed


UNC Orthopaedic Clinic at Carolina Pointe II
6011 Farrington Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina - 27517


David Berkoff, MD
David Berkoff, MD