Berliner was an eminent renal physiologist who was
part of Dr. Shannon's group at Goldwater Memorial
Hospital during World War II and came to NIH after
the war. Dr. Berliner, born in New York City in
1915, earned his B.S. degree from Yale and his M.D.
from Columbia in 1939. He served his medical school
residency at Goldwater Memorial Hospital and moved
to the National Heart Institute in 1950.
Berliner was chief of the Laboratory of Kidney
and Electrolyte Metabolism at NHI for twelve years
(1950-1962). He also served as the director for
intramural research for that institute and in
1968 was named director of Laboratories and Clinics
at NIH. He accepted an appointment as the first
deputy director for science at NIH in 1969, a
post he kept until he left NIH to become dean
of the Yale University School of Medicine in 1973.
Dr. Berliner, who studied the control of the excretion
of sodium and potassium salts in the kidney, remained
on the Yale faculty as an emeritus professor of
cellular and molecular physiology until his death.
Berliner (center) looks on as Robert Bowman (left)
discusses his research with an AMINCO representative.