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

4.8 out of 5 (347 Ratings, 95 Comments)

Expertise

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Special focus on

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

Education

  • 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

Biography

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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Languages

  • Danish
  • English
  • French
  • German

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (347 Ratings, 95 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

  • Apr 11, 2019

    He was knowledgeable and kind

  • Apr 09, 2019

    I was confident in my surgical team, and every member of OHSU staff I encountered, in every step of the process. They were kind and communicative; professional and inclusive; warm and patient.

  • Apr 04, 2019

    Jens Berli is incredibly kind and truly invested in the well-being of his patients. I am constantly blown away at his attentiveness and compassion.

  • Apr 02, 2019

    Best experience of a hospital!

  • Mar 27, 2019

    Dr. Berli is a very talented and caring provider. I have had (relatively minor) complications after my surgeries and he has been able to resolve them. I am a very anxious patient and he always reassures me. His staff especially Lizzie and his medical scribe are friendly and helpful.

  • Mar 16, 2019

    Competent, reassuring, good communicator, kind.

  • Mar 16, 2019

    Super nice and friendly, couldn’t have asked for a better surgeon

  • Mar 15, 2019

    Dr. Berli has been really good about my non binary identity and making sure to use the correct pronouns for me and for my partner, we both use they pronouns and he never messed up on it a single time. So it was very affirming and he does a really great job and I've recommended him to a lot of people.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    Excellent care. Very professional. Very happy with the results.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    Everyone was professional, helpful, and kind.

  • Mar 12, 2019

    Dr Berli is one of the kindest doctors I’ve met. Very quickly I felt assured, and I trusted him. He explained everything and made sure I understood. When I spoke and asked questions, I felt heard. I thought he was very respectful and informative with the resident working with him.

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Aside from slight issues with being at the correct building due to scheduling mishaps, my experience was phenomenal. I cannot rave enough about Dr. Berli's team. They truly went above and beyond for me from the moment we entered the building to the moment I left after my surgery. They take wonderful care of their patients. I will absolutely be back for my future procedures. I cannot recommend them enough!

  • Mar 07, 2019

    Dr. Berli is awesome. He has changed my whole life. He lifted, for me what was a 35 year old curse. I feel lucky and blessed he is my surgeon!

  • Mar 07, 2019

    Jens Berli is incredibly talented, kind, and he gives you 100% of his attention. I can’t imagine going through this process with anyone else.

  • Mar 05, 2019

    Dr. Berli was extremely attuned to ensuring my needs were understood and all of my questions were answered. The appointment scheduling process was a breeze.

  • Mar 03, 2019

    Dr Berli explained the procedure and then throughout continued checking on my comfort level,

  • Feb 27, 2019

    It was a great visit for surgery, great doctor and great staff. I wouldn't habe asked to be taken care of in a better facility!

  • Feb 24, 2019

    I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Berli, his team, and the whole staff at OHSU. My experiences have been 100% great. I've gotten nothing but amazing care. I've been listened to when I talked. If I have a concern, any sort of possible freak out, has been vacated in conversation and communication. I've never felt anything but taken care of in Dr. Berli and his team's care.

  • Feb 17, 2019

    He is great. He takes time to really discuss things with you about your treatment plan..

  • Feb 03, 2019

    I was told by the plastics team to only schedule pre-ops with him if I needed to speak to him specifically about something. I did. I got ready to have a hard, vulnerable conversation about my body with my surgeon and ask some important questions before surgery. He was in a rush and behind. I spent a long time with a resident instead, and they had to refer to him to answer my questions. So we talked through things that weren’t really why I was there...He entered with, "pre-op appts are really just to check your heart and lungs,” and I was exhausted at this point and defeated by this, and after ten minutes he stood and walked out, and I left that day with partial answers and a question about my body even left out. He’s the best, and the only way I can afford this surgery, let alone with the results I want. It would be easier on my psyche, my stress levels, and my family, if I had been able to speak directly with my provider in my appointment as scheduled. His team is amazing, and I know he cares a great deal for his patients, and me - I think his team needs more support so he has the time to meet patients.

  • Feb 03, 2019

    We had a wonderful post-op appointment! Finally. Dr Berli and I have different communication styles and when his clinic is stretched thin, so is his personable attention with his patients. I think this is common for any doctor when their clinic is small and doing such MIGHTY work, but really hate that it is the case with a plastic surgeon's team at OHSU. Give this hard working team and surgeon some more support! One person on the team gets sick and an entire community in Portland is aware that our messages will be returned a little slower than normal. It's cause these surgeries are literally stopping us from living our lives, so nothing else matters. Berli gets that. His team gets that. I just wish OHSU got that, and that this clinic had the support they needed to best serve us.

  • Feb 01, 2019

    It was a very easy and enjoyable experience. Dr. Burli is great!

  • Jan 31, 2019

    Dr Berli is awesome. So grateful to him and the rest of his staff.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    My experience was very nice, Everyone was very professional. The doctors exceptional with a warm demeanor.

  • Jan 21, 2019

    He was very personable, took what I wanted into consideration, and knows what he's doing!

  • Jan 18, 2019

    Dr. Berli is extraordinary. He is friendly, informative, and makes the patient feel safe in his environment. He takes the time to adequately explain the procedure and answer questions. I can’t wait until my surgery date, because I know I will be in good hands.

  • Jan 18, 2019

    I have a great amount of respect for Dr. Berli. He worked me into his schedule on an emergency basis, got me in immediately, knew that I had to be taken care of, which probably took away from his time, his personal time to work overtime to help me, and it's so greatly appreciated. And that's why I love OHSU. And the residents were fantastic. It's incredible what our residents learn at OHSU. Overall, I'm happy I have my procedure, and I'm sure I'm going to heal quite well from it. Thank you, Dr. Berli.

  • Jan 17, 2019

    Excellent care and caring. I have full confidence in Dr Berli and his staff.

  • Jan 17, 2019

    Seeing Dr. Berli was the ultimate moment in my decades old struggle to confirm my transgender status. I was nervous and exhilarated! With me, I had my partner who has worked hard to accept this severe change in our life together. So, there was tension aplenty in the examining room.Dr Berli entered. I'd watched a video of him posted on You Tube and found him to be every bit as calm, casual and good humored in person as he was on screen. He got right down to the business of discussing my upcoming breast surgery and his every comment cleared away any confusion or misunderstanding the I might have had regarding certain steps in the procedure. There were two other men in the room: a student and some sort of an assistant. I jokingly asked when the caterer was due to arrive! We shared laughs, went several times over certain matters as they pertained to my case, and in no time I was on my way to schedule a follow-up. I am so pleased in how my appointment went. Thanx to all!

  • Jan 13, 2019

    Very compassionate and informative. I always felt safe during visits

  • Jan 12, 2019

    He was wonderful again

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Dr. Berli was friendly, and explained everything in terms we could understand. He was very open and answered questions without hesitation.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    I arrived early and was seen early about an existing concern, and that concern was effectively addressed and a future issue I would have had to wait months to return to address was treated as a consult to expedite getting that surgery scheduled sooner. My comfort and needs for expeditious treatment were supported, and that was hugely appreciated. Helpful, kind, expert.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    I have nothing but great things to say about all my interactions at OHSU, with surgeons to their MA's to the nurses etc...just a great experience across the board.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Very friendly and willing to answer questions. I often feel like he is in a hurry. Did an excellent job with my surgery.

  • Dec 12, 2018

    Super nice and relatable. Able to ease familial tension with jokes. Explained technical terminology extremely well. Took the time to answer questions

  • Dec 06, 2018

    The provider was personable, friendly, very warm, personally attentive. I would highly recommend and I hope to have more appointments with him in the future.

  • Dec 01, 2018

    He was very skilled at what he did, gave me input into my care, and appeared helpful to his residents. At times I wished for his pacing to be a bit slower because I was very anxious about the procedure, but overall I'm extremely pleased with everything.

  • Nov 26, 2018

    Dr. Berli's always caring and always asks if you have any questions, and answers any questions that you may have and tries to explain fully exactly what's going to happen, and how it should turn out in the end. I appreciate everything he's done. Thanks.

  • Nov 25, 2018

    I think you did really well. Thank you.

  • Nov 22, 2018

    I got really great feedback and gave me alot of good information

  • Nov 22, 2018

    He was very kind and understandable of my gender struggles, friendly and very knowledgable. He helped erase any worries I had about the surgery.

  • Nov 21, 2018

    Dr. Berli was great! He was friendly, caring, and knowledgeable.

  • Nov 18, 2018

    Personable, informative, invites questions and provides understandable explanations, offers array of surgical options and collaborates with patient. Wish there was shorter wait time to access consult and surgery but am thankful his expertise and service is available.

  • Nov 15, 2018

    Dr. Berli is really is great. Thank you so much for your help.

  • Nov 14, 2018

    Provided breast reconstruction. Professional and personable throughout. Demonstrated outstanding skills and judgement.

  • Nov 14, 2018

    I thought that Dr. Berli was incredibly professional, the offices were very clean, and everything was presented in a really kind of neutral and just kind of well informed way. I definitely was very comfortable after I left the clinic and was very confident in his abilities and also the staff. I look forward to my own future kind of usage and care with that clinic. Thanks.

  • Oct 28, 2018

    Everyone was extremely kind and patient. I've never been to such a friendly and caring hospital.

  • Oct 21, 2018

    Everyone was friendly and professional.

  • Oct 12, 2018

    Dr. Berli was a pleasure to have as a surgeon and follotw up. The only complaint I have is that there was no instruction as to care of the wound at home. We were on our own throughout the healing process.

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