Dr. Sara E Berkey, MD

Dr. Sara E. Berkey, MD

Dr. Sara E. Berkey, MD

Languages: English
Phone: 202-877-8484
Fax: 202-877-8483

Contact this Provider:

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
Conditions I Treat
  • anal abscess
  • anal cancer
  • anal condyloma
  • anal dysplasia
  • anal fissure
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Procedures I Perform
  • abdominoperineal resection
  • anal cerclage
  • anal dilation
  • anal fissure fistulectomy
  • anal fistula repair
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About the Provider

Sara Berkey, MD, is a fellowship-trained colorectal surgeon at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She specializes in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of benign and malignant disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus.

Dr. Berkey’s treatment methods involve both medical and surgical (in-office and operating room) techniques. She is specialty trained and certified to perform minimally invasive robotic surgery using the da Vinci® robotic surgery system. Robotic surgery reduces pain and discomfort, and therefore narcotic use; reduces recovery time; and allows patients to go home sooner, compared to traditional open surgical techniques.

Her clinical interests include improving the quality of life for patients with inflammatory bowel disease and pelvic floor conditions and treating young people with colorectal cancer. Her research interests include improving enhanced surgical recovery pathways to help improve patient outcomes. Dr. Berkey is passionate about increasing colon cancer screening rates in the African American population, the highest risk racial/ethnic group for colorectal cancer in the U.S.

Dr. Berkey received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, where she was named Valedictorian of her class and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She then completed a seven-year general surgery residency program, including two years of dedicated research time, with the University of Pittsburgh before joining MedStar Washington Hospital Center for a specialty fellowship in colon and rectal surgery. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, and the Association of Women Surgeons.

Dr. Berkey enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, biking, and spending time on the water.

Philosophy of Care

“The foundation of providing excellent care is a strong patient-physician relationship built on empathy, clear communication, and collaboration. From the very first time I meet my patients, I take the time to listen to their concerns and understand what their goals are for treatment. I emphasize teamwork between myself and my patients, as well as between myself and my colleagues, in order to provide the best possible care to my patients.

I feel honored when my patients say that they would recommend me to their friends and family.”

  • Fellowship Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (2020)
  • Residency Program: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2019)
  • Medical School: Tulane School of Medicine (2012)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery
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Practice Locations
  • 106 Irving Street Northwest
    Suite 2100
    Washington, DC 20010
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    Phone: 202-877-8484
    Fax: 202-877-8483

  • 1133 21st Street Northwest
    Building 2
    Washington, DC 20036
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    Phone: 202-877-8484
    Fax: 202-877-8483

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