Jens U. Berli M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (371 Ratings, 134 Comments)


  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Special focus on

  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Gender Affirming Surgery
  • Genital Cancer Reconstruction
  • Phalloplasty Procedures
  • Transgender Care


  • M.D., University of Zurich, Zurich Switzerland 2007
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery/Ortho-Trauma, Triemli Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland, 2007-2009
    • General Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, 2010-2012
    • Integrated Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital/University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland, 2012-2016
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2017


Dr. Jens U. Berli specializes in gender affirming surgery and offers a full range of facial, chest and phalloplasty procedures for transgender individuals.

Dr. Berli received his medical degree from the University of Zurich. His residency was spent in general surgery/ortho-trauma at Triemli City Hospital Zurich, in Switzerland, and in general surgery and plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

He gained his experience in gender surgery by working closely with Dr. Beverly Fischer and Dr. Bluebond-Langner during his time in Baltimore. In 2016, he spent elective time with the reconstructive urologists at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Since 2014, Dr. Berli has been a visiting physician and traveling fellow at the premier centers for transgender health: Ghent University, Belgium; Preecha Aesthetic Institute, Bangkok, Thailand; St. Peter's Andrology Centre, London, U.K.; Belgrade Center for Genital Reconstructive Surgery, Serbia; and FACIALTEAM, Marbella, Spain.

Dr. Berli is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. His research interests include the effects of facial feminization on quality of life and the improvement of current phalloplasty designs. He is also involved in transgender advocacy and improved access for facial feminization.

OHSU Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provides innovative, quality, expert care. We offer a broad range of services to create natural results for each patient.

The OHSU Transgender Health Program (THP) is dedicated to supporting access to high-quality, affirming and welcoming health care for trans men and women, gender nonconforming and nonbinary individuals. Our program recognizes the unique health care needs of people with diverse gender expressions and identities. The THP provides direct medical care as well as consultation, education, advocacy, support and policy development to promote competent care for transgender people.

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Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (371 Ratings, 134 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 18, 2019

    Quick and easy surgical consult with Dr. Berli. He was eager to answer questions, and had a very calm and friendly disposition.

  • Dec 17, 2019

    Very positive, polite and respectful.

  • Dec 15, 2019

    These providers not only made my life better. They made me extremely happy and walked me through every process. I honestly have never meet, doctors, nurses, and Cna that care more for their patients then those that I experienced at OHSU.

  • Dec 12, 2019

    Extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and well prepared. I will trust him to cut my face open.

  • Dec 11, 2019

    I’m glad you have a dr Berli and his assistant nick. They did my operations and I’m very happy it changed my life.

  • Dec 06, 2019

    This was an amazing appointment, and I felt so heard! This hasn't always been the case, as Dr Berli seems very busy/rushed. I reached out and expressed this, and felt he and his team intentionally made an effort to slow down and thoroughly answer my questions in this appt. It was such a wonderful appt! Thank you for listening to your patients and working hard to be there for them in whatever way they you did for me. My body and brain are so much happier!

  • Dec 04, 2019

    I was so excited to meet Dr. Berli, he seemed like such a pro and was super nice!

  • Dec 03, 2019

    Excellent, thank you for taking care of me.

  • Nov 25, 2019

    Extremely pleasant and explained stuff for me in an approachable way. Wish I would have been prompted to do more of my own personal research for my particular appointment, but overall I left feeling better than I did when I showed up.

  • Nov 21, 2019

    I was impressed with his approach and the fact that he wanted to know what I liked and what I didn't about my face, and that he did not seem to want to do as many procedures as possible, instead he was interested in what would be the best benefit with the fewest procedures.

  • Nov 08, 2019

    I was very happy with the care, which I received from Dr. Berli. I found he was very sensitive to the needs, and his follow up with excellent both immediately after surgery, and with a post operative follow up as well.

  • Nov 07, 2019

    Extremely warm, kind, and to the point. :)

  • Nov 06, 2019

    Overwhelmingly happy with staff interactions and going above and beyond what I expect when I come in.

  • Oct 16, 2019

    Dr. Berli was amazing very friendly easy to talk to. Very helpful. Cant wait to schedule my procedure. Ty Dr. Berli

  • Oct 15, 2019

    I am very pleased with my surgery results

  • Oct 15, 2019

    I felt rushed, dismissed and not heard. I did not feel like I had any rapport or kindness extended to me, and was not warned that there would be 3 people in the room (nor have the option to not have 3 people in the room). He explained procedures clearly and in a detailed manner.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Personable surgeon with top of the field expertise. Good bedside manor, respectful and aware of patient dignity and emotional comfort issues. Invites questions and makes patient part of the care team.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    The Doctor and nurse was extremely friendly and very helpful with my questions.

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Good care, nice staff, offices and hospital well kept

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Very nice and great doctor although surgery results didn’t come out as expected. Said and plan on having another one so can get raised eyebrows. Cheek implant can’t tell the difference at all and not noticeable as a female this way in any form. Nothing can be done though to correct the cheeks though was told by Dr Berli.

  • Aug 28, 2019

    Dr. Berli is always friendly/respectful, able to be informative with technical or simplified explanations of surgical options and likely outcomes, and sets that expectation with his surgical staff/students in advanced medical training.He is also candid about any limits to current technology that a patient should consider in making choices about (surgical) medical interventions. This has helped me make what I believe are well-reasoned choices about my own course of transitional care based on what I know of my own history and research, needs, resources, and limits, and Dr. Berli's expert input on surgical and other options. My primary provider Dr. Christina Milano also reflects these same highly valued best practice approaches. I have huge respect and trust for each of these physicians.

  • Aug 21, 2019

    Dr. Berli and his team have taken excellent care of me for the past year and a half. Specifically at this procedure I'd like to mention my preop nurse Allison, who was very patient with me and listened when I told her I was having discomfort with my IV site. The anesthesiologist Dr. Coy and nurse anesthetist Melissa (?) also worked with me to develop an anesthesia plan, instead of giving me no say in the process. Dr. Berli did an amazing job as always and my follow up care has been scheduled in a timely manner. OHSU employees, especially in the trans health program, do care deeply for their patients and want us to have the best possible experience in this scary but exciting point of our lives.

  • Aug 21, 2019

    Had to wait an hour past my appointment to see him thinking I’d wait most the afternoon for him.

  • Aug 17, 2019

    Very efficient, but also very warm while being efficient which was appreciated. Yeah, I very much enjoyed the consultation. Thank you.

  • Aug 17, 2019

    I just wanted to say that I think the entire staff that helped me on Thursday was great. The OR team, the recovery team, the anesthetist. They were all very informative and very kind and courteous and I really appreciated every single one of them. So yeah, I'd say y'all did a really really great job and I could never be more thankful. Thanks. Bye.

  • Aug 16, 2019

    Off the phone (INAUDIBLE). The provider was very professional, seemed very knowledgeable. We waited too long for the appointment to start maybe half an hour for a morning appointment and spent too much time with the medical student who had somewhat inconsistent and somewhat inaccurate responses when we ask questions, but asked us very frequently if we had questions, so the doctor seemed good.The customer service overall could use improvement.

  • Aug 16, 2019

    No problems at all! I was very nervous going in but left feeling well cared for and confident in my quality of care

  • Aug 15, 2019

    Dr. Berli is the best provider I've ever had. At my most recent appointment, he was very kind and compassionate (as always) and I felt my needs/concerns were listened to with the utmost concern. I feel confident in his skills and honored to have him as a provider.

  • Aug 10, 2019

    I was extremely appreciative of the attention that I got. At times I head up to four doctors taking a look at my hand that had been exposed to a chainsaw. Fortunately Dr. Berli was able to repair it to the point today I do not have to put a band aid on it and only exercise. I want to thank him and the entire group for a wonderful experience under a very traumatic time.

  • Aug 08, 2019

    Dr. Berli was very pleasant and attentive to my concerns. Even before the examination, he asked if it was alright for an intern, aid, and student could sit in on my appointment. He bedside manner is awesome!

  • Aug 08, 2019

    Everyone was very nice and helpful.

  • Aug 07, 2019

    Good! I'd recommend to friends and family.

  • Jul 31, 2019

    Very happy to answer my questions and caring

  • Jul 31, 2019

    Jens Berli and his amazing team have saved my life. They cared for me with so much compassion and skill. I am forever grateful.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    Berli and the whole team, the nurses and staff and everyone at OHSU was amazing for my visit. They were courteous and knowledgeable and made me feel confident in my surgery. I was really pleased with it. I had top surgery today, with Berli

  • Jul 17, 2019

    Friendly, attentive, and thorough! I felt totally at ease, and all of my questions were answered before I even asked them.

  • Jul 17, 2019

    Dr Berli and the staff are always the best. I love them all

  • Jul 15, 2019

    It really really helps that Dr. Berli is very confident and you can tell that she's very confident in ability to use procedures and to help transgender and gender non conforming individuals. I really really respect that being a surgeon is being an artist and (INAUDIBLE) bunch of different people. Dr. Berli is a very very busy person, so I felt very very privileged to be able to have him do my (INAUDIBLE) surgery because she at this point a lot of people from the community are looking at him and not everybody gets to have Dr. Berli. So I'm very very extremely thankful. He did an amazing job and he was very very honest, but he was very kind about his honesty He wasn't disrespectful at all, and I really really do appreciate that.

  • Jul 12, 2019

    Dr. Berli is an incredibly gifted and caring surgeon and it's wonderful that that he is at OHSU. I'm I feel very lucky to be able to be his patient. He's an exceptional Dr.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    Excellent!Easy to understand clean office I’v Received the best care ever!5Star!Thanks,Dr.Berli:7/09/19

  • Jul 05, 2019

    Everyone is helpful and friendly. I felt very well taken care of. I didn't have to wait much at all - the whole experience was very smooth.

  • Jul 03, 2019

    DR. Berli was extremely attentive and caring.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    Loved all the staff I encountered, very friendly

  • Jun 19, 2019

    I have Asl interpreter and my friend support me. Dr Berli and his assit did good explained when I had questions. I feel comfortable.

  • Jun 19, 2019

    Honestly way better then I thought it was going to go. He calmed my mind and made me more comfortable about having surgery

  • Jun 13, 2019

    Dr Berli was professional and patient and provided us with an extensive amount of information.

  • Jun 12, 2019

    I'm very happy with Dr Jens Berli. He and staff were very nice, helpful, and understanding of my needs and questions.

  • Jun 09, 2019

    It went very smoothly and I was comfortable for the whole experience.

  • May 31, 2019

    Dr. Berli is clear, direct, and personable. He goes over every aspect of the surgery and every possibility and probability related to it. I'm impressed with his work and with his presentation and trust him to do an excellent job.

  • May 25, 2019

    Yes, so Dr. Berli was extremely attentive. He was very friendly, he explained things in a pretty clear manner. He valued my feedback and my input. He was warm and considerate, everything was, everything went as basically as perfectly as I can imagine. So I have really I have nothing but nice things to say about him. Yeah, I guess that's it.

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