alert icon Coronavirus

Now scheduling COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5+, boosters and third doses
Schedule your appointment
COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

Going to a Cleveland Clinic location?
We will not be scheduling non-urgent inpatient surgeries at many Ohio hospitals through Jan. 3, 2022
New visitation guidelines
Masks required for patients and visitors (even if you're vaccinated)

Title Section Head
Department Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women's Health Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic Treatment Of Endometriosis
  • Laparoscopic Treatment Of Ovarian Cysts
  • Robotic assisted gynecologic surgery
  • Section of Gynecologic Oncology
View all 7 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adenosarcoma
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Cervical Dysplasia
  • Cervical Tumors
  • Choriocarcinoma
  • Dysgerminoma
  • Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma of the Uterus
  • Epithelioid Trophoblastic Tumor
  • Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor
  • Granulosa Cell Tumor of the Ovary
  • Gynecologic Carcinoid Tumors
  • Gynecologic Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Hereditary Gynecologic Cancers
  • Immature Teratoma of the Ovary
  • Leiomyosarcoma of the Uterus
  • Mesothelioma
  • Mixed Germ Cell tumors of the Ovary
  • Molar Pregnancy
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Ovarian Granulosa Cell Tumors
  • Paget's Disease
  • Pediatric Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Pelvic Mass
  • Placental Site Trophoblastic Tumor
  • Post-Menopausal Bleeding
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Sertoli Leydig Cell Tumor
  • Small Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma
  • Undifferentiated Endometrial Sarcoma
  • Uterine Sarcoma
  • Vaginal Cancer
  • Vulvar Cancer
  • Vulvar Disorders
  • Vulvar Dystrophy
  • Yolk Sac Tumor
View all 36 Specialties +


Is Cleveland Clinic Part of Your Insurance?

Review a list of accepted insurance plans for our Northeast Ohio locations or learn more about purchasing a contracted managed care plan.

View All Plans

About Robert DeBernardo, MD

Robert DeBernardo, MD is the section head of the Department of Gynecologic Oncolog.  He leads the Section of Gynecologic Oncology and is the Director of  the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program and Laura J. Fogarty Endowed Chair in Uterine Cancer Research.  He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as gynecologic oncology.  He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine.  He completed residency at John's Hopkins and his fellowship in Gyn Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  His specialty interests include first time and recurrent gynecological cancers, Hyperthermic Intraoperative Peritoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), endometrial and ovarian cancer, pathogenesis of endometrial cancer, post op thrombosis, complex laparoscopy and laparoscopic management of gynecologic malignancy.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Gynecologic Oncology
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Baltimore, MD USA

Residency - Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD USA

Medical Education - Temple Univ School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA


  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - Gynecologic Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialty Interests

Treatment of Gynecologic malignancies, including surgery and chemotehrapy, specializing in advanced and recurrent ovarian, fallopian tube and peritoneal cancers. Treatment of cervical, vulvar and endometrial cancers. HIPEC, Intra-peritoneal chemotherapy, Minimally invasive surgery

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Robert DeBernardo, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 3/2/2021, Dr. DeBernardo has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

186 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

35 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Dr. DeBernardo is the best!

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Dr. DeBernardo and his entire staff are the best of the best!!!!

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Dr DeBefnafo is always so positive. He answers all my questions and I feel confident with my treatment plan.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Excellent doctor with an excellent manner of working with patients. Top notch!

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Dr. Debernardo was very kind and patient and explained everything. His assistant was was also helpful and caring. I would highly recommend them.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

Dr DeBernardo is probably the most caring physician that I have ever encountered. He explained everything thoroughly and addressed all of my concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Dr Debernardo is always a good listener and answers all my concerns. He is also good about explaining to me what he's doing and why.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Dr. DeBernardo is so awesome!

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

I have never had a bad visit experience with Dr Debernardo.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

I'm so happy with my doctor. (*Dr. Debernardo.)

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

He is an extremely kind, patient and knowledgeable physician. Highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Dr. DeBernardo was excellent. Very thorough, prepared and decisive.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

excellent doctor! both my visits from the time I checked in it took over an hour before seeing doctor. The lateness may be because my appointments tomorrow late in the day and may be from the start of the day got behind not sure.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Dr. Debanardo is wonderful.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

very professional; very patient; able to communicate his expertise easily. would highly recommend Dr. DeBernardo

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Love, love, love Dr. Debernardo.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Cleveland Clinic is so prompt they all work so well together. They are so quick to getting back to me. Dr Debernado went way beyond the call of duty for me. He also has a great staff!! I can't enough good things about Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Dr. DeBernardo's follow-up care has been excellent. I live out of state and often times rely on his staff for advice which is prompt and courteous always

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Should I feel I need immediate care, I will be in Cleveland within a day. Dr. DeBernardo assured me he would be able to fit me in for an in person appointment if I needed one

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Dr. DeBernardo was unequivocallly the best doctor I have ever encountered.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

Dr. Robert Debernardo left me with a very good first impression. He gave me a thorough explanation of what is happening with my body and explained the surgery to me. His demeanor is very positive, professional and kind. I feel as though I am in good hands with Dr. Debernardo.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

Doctor made you feel at ease and explain what is happening to you and the proceedure or surgery that will take place.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

highest of regards to Dr Debanardo

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

This was my first visit to Cleveland Clinic, Taussig Cancer Center. Everything went well from my arrival to my departure. Everyone was very courteous and helpful. My visit with Dr. DeBernardo, Jr was a good visit.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

Dr Debernardo is the best he made me feel very comfortable and his staff is great .

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

appreciated staff and knowledge of doctor

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

dr was very nice and knowledgeable

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

Dr. DeBernardo is amazing! I am so honored to be his patient. He is an over the top doctor. The best team!!!!! See previous comment about Lisa.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

The questions being asked don't really apply as decision was made not to proceed at this time due to a more serious issue not involving this doctor. However , Dr. DeBernardo and his Fellow were extremely pleasant and calmed any fears I had concerning the issue I sought him for and I would unequivocally go to him again if need be and/or refer others to him.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

excellent care by Dr. Debernardo.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Hailey was my first point of contact to get me registered and an appointment scheduled. Several days later, Nicole, from Dr. DeBernardo's office contacted me to gather my medical records regarding my diagnosis of uterine cancer. Very professional, personable, made you feel very comfortable and reassured. Staff on day of appointment, January 6, 2021, fabulous as well.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Dr. DeBernardo was just terrific - personable, caring, explained diagnosis, what he read from my Dr. in Cincinnati, and how we were on the right track as far as care and fixing the problem. The Clinic read my pathology and came to the conclusion that I was Stage 1 instead of TriHealth pathology read of Stage 2. He explained how the Clinic has a team of physicians who are looking at just the uterus and know what to look for as opposed to hospitals that have just one or two persons looking at many different areas of the body. I was at the Clinic for a second opinion and to make certain I was on the right track for my care. Dr. Debernardo will look at my pathology when I have surgery in Cincinnati on January 13. He asked for the pathology and surgeon's notes to be sent to him and we will have virtual appointment - it is 4 hours to the Clinic from Oxford, Ohio and he did not think it was necessary at this time to make the journey.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

always a good experience. Dr and supporting staff always attentive.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

they all do an outstanding job! I could not suggest one thing at all to better my experience. Most importantly is how kind and friendly everyone is! They all put you at ease and make you feel like family. Dr DeBernardo is a true gift from God. He's a brilliant surgeon, like crazy over the top awesome and at the same time a humble kindness man! If the guy taking out the trash needed help, I have no doubt Dr Rob would jump in and help. He's one in a million! CCF is very very blessed to have him!

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Dr. Debernardo is awesome and saved my life

Related Videos Featuring Robert DeBernardo, MD

Related Videos Featuring Robert DeBernardo, MD

Back to Top