Julia Berian, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

  • Division of Colorectal Surgery

(608) 263-4224


  • MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • General Surgery Residency, University of Chicago
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship, University of Minnesota
  • MS, Health Services and Outcomes Research, Northwestern University

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Berian is a fellowship-trained colorectal surgeon. She has expertise in the surgical treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. She treats benign and malignant conditions including colon cancer, rectal cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, pelvic floor disorders and anorectal conditions. Her practice includes minimally invasive surgical techniques including laparoscopy, robotic surgery and transanal minimally invasive surgery.

Research Interests

Dr. Berian is focused on improving the surgical care of older adults. She has worked with the American College of Surgeons in building a Geriatric Surgery Verification program. Her current research aims to facilitate goal-concordant patient care and optimize cognitive and functional outcomes for older surgical patients.

Dr. Berian won a five-year, $952,000 career development award from the National Institute of Aging in the National Institutes of Health to focus on improving the care of older adults before, during, and after surgery. Read more here.

Recent Publications

  • National Databases for Assessment of Quality.
    Johnson HR, Murtha JA, Berian JR
    Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2023 Jul; 36(4): 252-258
    [PubMed ID: 37223233]

  • Much To Do About Frailty.
    Berian JR, Wolf JH, Kunitake H
    Dis Colon Rectum 2022 Apr 01; 65(4): 457-460
    [PubMed ID: 35001045]

  • Adherence to Enhanced Recovery Protocols in NSQIP and Association With Colectomy Outcomes.
    Berian JR, Ban KA, Liu JB, Ko CY, Feldman LS, Thacker JK
    Ann Surg 2019 Mar; 269(3): 486-493
    [PubMed ID: 29064887]

  • Does Implementation of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) Protocols in Colorectal Surgery Improve Patient Outcomes?
    Ban KA, Berian JR, Ko CY
    Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2019 Mar; 32(2): 109-113
    [PubMed ID: 30833859]

  • Optimizing the Feasibility and Scalability of a Geriatric Surgery Quality Improvement Initiative.
    Hornor MA, Tang VL, Berian J, Robinson TN, Coleman J, Katlic MR, Rosenthal RA, Christensen K, Baker T, Finlayson E, Lagoo-Deenadaayalan SA, Ko CY, Russell MM
    J Am Geriatr Soc 2019 May; 67(5): 1074-1078
    [PubMed ID: 30747992]

All Publications on PubMed