Caryn VandenBerg, M.D. is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric hospital medicine, and cares for children and families at Children’s Health℠. Dr. VandenBerg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern. She is passionate about providing high-quality care for hospitalized children through quality improvement and developing clinical care guidelines. “I also have a passion for teaching the next generation of physicians, whether it be medical students, residents, or fellows, and I enjoy developing educational initiatives and curriculum as well as teaching at the bedside.”
I also have a passion for teaching the next generation of physicians, whether it be medical students, residents, or fellows, and I enjoy developing educational initiatives and curriculum as well as teaching at the bedside.
Dr. VandenBerg earned her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her pediatric residency at Michigan State University/Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and her pediatric hospitalist fellowship at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University/Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. VandenBerg also completed a Level 1 Bronze Certificate of advanced training in Quality Improvement. She is licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners.
Dr. VandenBerg is involved in medical education leadership and teaching, and has guided medical students through cases to stimulate critical thinking and application of biological, behavioral and social sciences knowledge. She also led a Medical Decision-Making Small Group focusing on using patient data and primary literature interpretation to guide medical decision-making in diagnosis, treating and preventing illness. She participated in the AAP’s VIP Network: Better Antibiotic Selections in Children (BASiC) study, designed to improve and standardize antibiotic selection.
Her research includes studying how Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellows Impact Residents, a work that was presented at the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research 2022 Scientific Meeting, and investigation of interventions to improve children’s ability to swallow pills and tablets, with a manuscript submitted for publication in Hospital Pediatrics called Hard to Swallow: A Review of Interventions To Improve Swallowing Solid Oral Medications (pending review). She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Hospital Medicine and the Society of Hospital Medicine.
Dr. VandenBerg enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, exploring the culinary landscape of Dallas, and playing with her pit bull-mix puppy, Rika.
Education and Training
- Medical School
- Wayne State University School of Medicine (2016)
- Grand Rapids Medical Education & Research Center (2019), Pediatrics
- McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (2022), Pediatric Hospitalist
- Board Certification
- American Board of Pediatrics
- Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellows Impact Residents
- BRCA1 secondary splice-site mutations drive exon-skipping and PARP inhibitor resistance. Nesic K, Krais JJ, Vandenberg CJ, Wang Y, Patel P, Kwan T, Lieschke E, Ho GY, Barker HE, Bedo J, Casadei S, Farrell A, Radke M, Shield-Artin K, Penington JS, Geissler F, Zhang F, Dobrovic A, Olesen I, Kristeleit R, Oza A, Ratnayake G, Traficante N; Australian Ovarian Cancer Study; DeFazio A, Bowtell DDL, Harding TC, Lin K, Swisher EM, Kondrashova O, Scott CL, Johnson N, Wakefield MJ. medRxiv. 2023 Mar 21:2023.03.20.23287465. doi: 10.1101/2023.03.20.23287465. Preprint.
- MNT suppresses T cell apoptosis via BIM and is critical for T lymphomagenesis. Nguyen HV, Vandenberg CJ, Robati MR, Ng AP, Cory S. Cell Death Differ. 2023 Feb 8. doi: 10.1038/s41418-023-01119-y. Online ahead of print.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Society of Hospital Medicine
Awards and Honors
- Chief Resident 2019-2020, Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital