Dr. Joe Berg was a board certified ophthalmologist and the founder of Berg Eye Center. Born in Macon, Ga., he attended col-md-6lege at Emory and Mercer universities. He attended medical school at the University of Georgia Medical School in Augusta, now known as the Medical College of Georgia. He finished medical school and his internship as WWII was starting.
A WWII veteran, Dr. Berg served as general medical officer to a flight squadron based in Germany, Normandy and Belgium. After the war, he studied pathology at the Medical College of Georgia, waiting for a residency in ophthalmology. Once a position in ophthalmology came available at Washington University, St. Louis, he changed specialties. Dr. Berg finished his ophthalmology training in Birmingham with Dr. Alston Callahan.
Dr. Berg moved to Albany in 1948 as the first ophthalmologist in Southwest Georgia. The other medical doctors caring for eyes were eye, ear, nose and throat physicians (EENT).
Dr. Berg retired in 1998 after 50 years of practice in Albany. During that time he served in numerous medical and community leadership roles. He is survived by his wife Evelyn Berg and their children -– Elizabeth, Susan and Chandler.
Known for his dry wit, he was highly respected by his patients and peers. Always thoughtful and considerate of others, "Dr. Joe" was loved by his staff and family.