Graduate of West Point and originally commissioned as a Field Artillery officer.
Attended Univ of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for medical school and did his orthopedic training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI.
His first assignment was as Chief, Orthopedic Service at Gorgas Army Hospital in Panama, Canal Zone.
He did his orthopedic oncology training under Dr. Henry Mankin at MGH and Harvard Univ and was then stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he started an orthopaedic oncology service. As part of his responsibilities at Walter Reed, he was put in charge of the amputee program and the Prosthetic and Orthotic Lab. He was also put in charge of the residency program.
He was selected as Chair of Orthopedics at Walter Reed, a position he held until his retirement from the Army in 1993 as well as serving s the Consultant to the Army Surgeon General for Orthopedics.
Other military duties included deployments with the USNS Mercy to the Philippines, Honduras, Guatemala, and advisor in El Salvador Armed Forces. He deployed to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield/Storm and was deputy commander of the 85th Evacuation Hospital a 400-bed hospital in Dharan. It was the third US Army hospital in theater and was very active throughout the operation. The hospital received the Distinguished Unit Citation and Dr. Berrey received the Bronze Star award for their efforts throughout the conflict.
He joined the faculty of University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and established the first orthopedic oncology program at that institution as part of the Simmons Cancer Center.
He joined the faculty of the University of Florida Orthopedic Department as Professor and Chair and was with the University for 20 years, working on both campuses, Jacksonville, and Gainesville. He moved to Jacksonville to revamp the orthopedic program which he did, doubling the resident contingent to 4 per year, starting a podiatry residency program and establishing an office in the community for easier patient access.
In 2008, he was recalled to Army active duty and deployed to Iraq before returning to Jacksonville in 2009. He retired from UF in2016 and subsequently started his third orthopaedic oncology program at Baptist MD Anderson here in Jacksonville. He retired from BMDA in 2020, his third time and maybe his last.
He has received many awards and honors for his work, both in the Army and in the civilian community, has been a frequent visiting professor and an accomplished clinical investigator.
His passions in life have been his patients, students, and residents. He has had Rolly, his lovely wife of 48 years by his side throughout. They have two daughters and 4 grandchildren. He is an active SCUBA diver, gardener and sailor, having sailed from Majorca to St. Maarten in 2021.