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Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2007
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 2002
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 2001
    Yale-New Haven Hospital Inc
  • Internship Program, Pediatrics, 2000
    Yale-New Haven Hospital Inc
  • MPH, Health Policy and Administration, 1999
    Yale University
  • MD, 1998
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • BA, History, 1994
    Columbus State University

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine

National Provider ID: 1821003617


Deena Berkowitz, M.D., M.P.H., is the medical director of Fast Track Services in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children’s National Health System. She is a strong advocate for supporting high standards of excellence in caring for low-acuity patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) for care. She developed and directs the new pediatric academic urgent care fellowship at Children’s National. Dr. Berkowitz is a founding member of the Society for Pediatric Urgent Care.

As medical director of Fast Track Services, Dr. Berkowitz developed a system to manage lower acuity patients after recognizing the need to improve the delivery of care in the ED to maintain quality and meet patient satisfaction. She was responsible for the operation of a system that grew to almost 45,000 patient encounters per year and resulted in overall improvement in length of stay and patient and staff satisfaction. The design and operations were based on the development and ongoing monitoring of clinical quality and operational efficiency metrics. Dr. Berkowitz grew a staff of physicians and physician assistants; oversaw medical staff quality, and implemented multiple initiatives including clinical decision support, physician report cards and quality improvement projects.

Dr. Berkowitz completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia University, medical training at Yale University, and a Master in Public Health with a concentration in health management at Yale School of Public Health. She is board certified in both pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. Her professional development also included a two-year quality improvement methodology training program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include quality improvement, resource utilization and practice variation.

Dr. Berkowitz is from Montgomery County, Md., and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her family and five children. She loves to hike and has visited over 13 national parks.


(2006) Children's National Medical Center Pediatric Fellows Conference

Childrens National Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine Fellows Conference

(2005) Pediatric Stroke

Childrens National Medical Center Fellows Conference

(2006) Modafinil

Childrens National Medical Center Pediatric House Staff Conference

(2004) Eye Injuries

Joint Dislocations

(2005) Children's National Medical Center- Department of Emergency Medicine Fellows Conference

Lumbar Puncture in Section VII Procedures Sedation Pain Management and Devices

(2005) Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Academic Society Annual Meeting

(2006) Laser Assisted Penetration of Topical Anesthesia in Children