Welcome: Noa Berlin, VR21

Former Cummings School resident appointed assistant clinical professor
a smiling person with long hair pulled back in a ponytail wearing a navy blue winter jacket stands outside in the snow.
Former resident Noa Berlin, VR21, rejoined Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as an assistant clinical professor in emergency and critical care in November. Photo: Valerie Slimskey

Dr. Noa Berlin, VR21 (she/her), joined Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in November as an assistant clinical professor of emergency and critical care in the Department of Clinical Sciences.
She earned a D.V.M. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she also completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. She then finished a residency in small animal emergency and clinical care at Cummings School’s Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals and most recently served as a postdoctoral research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston.

“I have always wanted to become a veterinarian,” Berlin says. “During vet school, I fell in love with clinical research. I love to ask clinical questions or identify clinical needs in the hospital, then try to answer these questions through research to improve patient care.”

Her affection for research fueled a desire to obtain specialty training in academic programs, where she has become enamored with teaching, especially clinical teaching. “Being a professor allows me to combine three of my greatest passions: research, teaching, and clinical work,” she says.

As a former Cummings School resident, Berlin has developed great respect for the community and its values. “The amazing faculty and staff in Clinical Sciences and at Foster Hospital [for Small Animals] have shaped me into the clinician that I am today, and have inspired me to pursue an academic career as a clinician-scientist.” She was also drawn to this position by the collaborative research opportunities within Tufts and with other medical, academic, and industry counterparts in the area.

Berlin looks forward to watching students, interns, and residents grow as clinicians and professionals. “I am particularly passionate about persuading others to get excited about emergency medicine and research, and about making clinical research more accessible and less intimidating,” Berlin explains. “And to see them become more proactive and independent in their research endeavors.” 

Happily married with a daughter who is less than a year old and two cats, Berlin enjoys spending free time either paddleboarding or with her family.