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Steven L. Bernard, MD, is a plastic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic. He was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He received his medical training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and went on to complete residencies in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery and fellowship training in Pediatric Plastic Surgery as well as Hand and Microsurgery through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He was a part of the ground breaking Face Transplant done at the Cleveland Clinic. His special interests include breast surgery; micro surgery, cosmetic injectable fillers, such as hyaluronic acid; and Botox®. Additional interests include vein treatment (sclerotherapy), pediatric plastic surgery and cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty).
Dr. Bernard has been board-certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery and has the certificate-added qualification in hand surgery. During this training, he was named an Allen Scholar and spent two years in microsurgical research. His many clinical interests include microsurgery reconstruction of the breast, hand surgery. As an innovator, he also pioneered an IV fluid system that avoids the use of sharp needles improving patient safety.
The first 10 years of his career were at MetroHealth Medical Center where served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University and pioneered techniques to improve the outcomes of complex head and extremity trauma patients.
An invited lecturer at national and international medical meetings, Dr. Bernard has authored or co-authored more than 20 scientific papers and book chapters on plastic surgery topics, including hand infection management, total lip reconstruction, hand burns and trauma and prefabricated microsurgical flaps.
Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
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