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Department Plastic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arm Lift
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Body Contouring
  • Body Lift
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Cancer Reconstruction
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Breast Implant Exchange
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Brow Lift
  • Cancer Center
  • Chin/Cheek Implants
  • Congenital Hand Surgery
  • Cosmetic Botox Injections
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Abdomen
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Breast
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Face
  • Diep Flaps
  • Ear Lobe Repair
  • Ear Reconstruction
  • Ear Reshaping
  • Eyelid Lifts
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Face Transplant
  • Facelift (Rhytidectomy)
  • Facial Fracture Repair
  • Facial Reanimation
  • Fat Injections
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Transplant
  • Injectables and Fillers for Facial Rejuvenation
  • Juvederm
  • Lip Enhancement
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Nasal Reconstruction
  • Neck Lift
  • Noninvasive Rejuvenation
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Perlane
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiesse
  • Restylane
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Sculptra
  • Skin Care
  • Skin Grafting
  • Steroid Injections
  • Thigh Lifts
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Wrinkle Fillers
View all 57 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aging Skin or Painful Skin
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Birth Defects
  • Birthmark
  • Cancer
  • Congenital Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Congenital Hand Differences
  • Craniofacial Disorders
  • De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
  • Dupuytren's Disease
  • Ectropion
  • Entropion
  • Excess Skin after Weight Loss
  • Facial Aging
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Paralysis
  • Hand Problems
  • Mastectomy Defects
  • Moebius Syndrome
  • Nasal Deformity
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nerve Compression of the Hand
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Nevus
  • Nose Deformity
  • Pediatric Breast Anomalies
  • Ptosis
  • Skin Cancer
  • Small Breast Size
  • Wrinkles
View all 34 Specialties +


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About Steven Bernard, MD

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.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Hand and Microsurgery
Pittsburgh, PA

Residency - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA

Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH United States

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH United States

Undergraduate - Miami University
Oxford, OH

Additional Training

  • Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh

Professional Highlights

  • Residency Program Director
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University


  • Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery - Surgery of the Hand

Specialty Interests

hand, microsurgery and cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery, surgery of the breast

Awards & Honors

  • Annual Pastoral Care Award, 2003
  • First Place, Ivy Society Annual Meeting, 1995
  • First Place, Cleveland Surgical Society Research Contest, 1993
  • Who’s Who in Health & Medical Services,1991
  • Upjohn Achievement Award for Outstanding Hospital Achievement,1990
  • William D. Holden Award in Surgery, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine,1986

Innovations & Patents

  • Holds a patent for a needleless IV infusion system that improves safety for both patients and healthcare workers
  • Developed innovations in reconstructive surgery that improve outcomes in microsurgical flap survival


  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Steven Bernard, MD.

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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 3/22/2024, Dr. Bernard has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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

112 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2024

I just love Dr. Bernard. It feels like I have an actual relationship with him - like he knows me fairly well and that is important to me as a patient. I feel more comfortable communicating with him because of it.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2024

Dr. Bernard addressed all of my concerns and my experience of his care was excellent overall. I would highly recommend him to family and friends.

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Dr B is just an amazing person. He seems to make everyone comfortable, both patients and care staff.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2024

Dr Bernard went above and beyond making sure he took care of my hand. He is a hero!!!!!

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

I've had lots of appointments and can't remember the details about each one. The visit with Dr. Bernard seemed fine, though I can't remember the details.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2024

Dr Bernard is the best. Always makes you feel secure

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr. Steven Bernard and his staff are wonderful. I had amazing results from my surgeries and would recommend him to everyone!!!Thank you Dr. Bernard for improving my life.!

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Dr Steven Bernard is the Best Doctor l now in my whole life . He cares about my health and values me as a patient and a person . Whatever I say about him is not enough .THANK YOU ..THANK YOUTHANK YOU .GOD BLESS HIM.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

I am happy that my health is taken care of the Best Doctor and the Best Person .l feel grateful that l met the Best Plastic Surgeon Dr Steven L Bernard THANK YOU VERY MUCH

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr. Bernard was terrific

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr Bernard and his staff have taken such good care of mehe takes the time to listen to me, answers my questions and puts me at ease. Very pleased with the care they give me.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Dr Bernard is always courteous and personable.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Dr. Bernard listened and answered my questions.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

Good appointment with Dr Bernard. Like him and his staff very much.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

Good visit with Dr Bernard

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr Bernard is great! It is easy talking to him. Very respectful, my safety and well being is always priority. I trust DR Bernard and am fortunate to have him as my Doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

I had never experienced issue with Dr Bernards Team. I've had many appointments through my treatment and am happy that team remembers me and always makes me welcomed and ease any worries I might have.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

Best ever Cleveland clinic and Dr Benard

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2023

Dr Bernard and his staff were wonderful

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