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 Lift
  • Breast Implant Exchange
  • Breast Lift
  • Brow Lift
  • Cancer Center
  • Chin/cheek Implants
  • Diep Flaps
  • Ear Reconstruction
  • Eyelid And Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Facial Fracture Repair
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Fat Injections
  • Hand Surgery
  • Injectables And Fillers For Facial Rejuvenation
  • Juvederm
  • Laser Peels
  • Lip Enhancement
  • Microsurgery
  • Non-invasive Rejuvenation
  • Perlane
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiesse
  • Restylane
  • Scar Revisions
  • Scar Surgery
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Sculptra
  • Skin Care
  • Skin Grafting
  • Thigh Lifts
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Wrinkle Fillers
View all 34 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aging or Painful Skin
  • Arthritis
  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Birth Defects
  • Birthmark
  • Breast Cancer
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Congenital Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Craniofacial Disorders
  • Ectropion
  • Edema
  • Entropion
  • Excess Skin After Weight Loss
  • Facial Aging
  • Hand Problems
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Lipoma
  • Mastectomy Defects
  • Moebius Syndrome
  • Moles
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Nevus
  • Nose Deformity
  • Pediatric Birthmark
  • Pediatric Lesions
  • Pediatric Moles
  • Pediatric Nevus
  • Pediatric Skin Tags
  • Pediatric Tumors
  • Ptosis
  • Scars
  • Scleroderma
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Tags
  • Skin Tears
  • Small Breast Size
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Wrinkles
View all 41 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 USA

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

Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

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

Undergraduate - Miami University
Oxford, OH USA

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 - Hand Surgery

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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 1/4/2019, Dr. Bernard 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

138 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

I understand that new doctors are learnunig, but sometimes it's rather off-putting when you expect only the doctor with whom you have an appointment and he is joined by other colleagues.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

Dr. Bernard and his nurse Jackie r fabulous. I am called in at scheduled time. Dr. Bernard always explains what he is doing step by step. Very efficient. I'm in and out in a timely manner. Always enjoy seeing him & Jackie.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

Very cool that MD's have "scribes" to assist with all of the computer input; I felt like that allowed me to look into the face of my physician versus the physician's eyes being plastered on the computer!

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

I was very pleased with Dr. Bernard. He was professional, knowledgeable, and explained everything to my satisfaction. I feel very confident that he will give me the best care and treatment

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

I sent a text to Dr. Bernard over the weekend after my mastectomy with a picture. I thought I was getting an infection and he responded immediately and said no infection. He said that he would take care of it when he saw me the following week. With all the worries I had he relieved my biggest so fast. He had also answered a text the same weekend regarding the antibiotic I was taking that wasn't available in my area. Again, he responded immediately. I am so happy he is my doctor exspecially during this difficult time. A doctor like him is a real blessing.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

Dr. Bernard was very kind, understanding and explained the procedure I was seeking very thoroughly

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

Dr. Bernard was awesome with my mom. He asked her questions and really listened to her. She felt so much better about her plan of care after seeing him.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2019

Dr. was somewhat condescending, and he made a comment at one point that I took as an insult. He didn't seem like a very warm person, and I wouldn't feel comfortable having a procedure done by him.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

Dr. Bernard is very professional. He gave me the time I needed to go over procedures and options. His exemplary skills are greatly appreciated.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

I would not hesitate to refer Dr. Bernard and his staff. I had confidence I was in extremely knowledgeable, professional care.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

Every time I see Dr. Bernard, it is just a pleasure; he explains what he is doing and why and the outcome is what I want--he is one of the primary reasons I call the 6th floor "The Happy Floor". -- he and his team make patients/people happy!!

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

Dr. Bernard was so kind, polite, professional and very easy to talk with. He explained to me his thoughts and included my descion as well. Exceptional Experience!

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018

My appointment with Dr Bernard was at 2 pm..!When I checked in they told me he was behind schedule for 15-20 minutes! and I ended up waiting 2 hours! It was 4:05 pm when he came to the room and spent less than 10 minutes!I was thinking of having a surgery but not anymore!Probably willbe waiting 2 hours in the OR for him to operate!No Thankyou!

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

Dr. Bernard fixed what I thought was unfixable. he is a very talented surgeon and I would recommend him to anyone. He also answered all my questions thoroughly. the Cleveland Clinic is fortunate to have such a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

Dr. Bernard is respectful and kind. He takes the time needed to answer any questions you may. have and is very reassuring of any concerns you have. I had a bilateral mastectomy and he did my reconstruction and then a revision. His is calm and reassuring throughout the process which is not always a one step process. He has been attentive along with his nurse Jackie who always gets back to you the same day you call and tries to answer any questions or conerns you may have. The office has been more than accommodating with helping us schedule around other follow up appointments we have had since we live two hours away. This kind of care makes it much easier as you go through the long journey of your treatment for breast cancer.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

If Dr. Bernard had a delay in surgery we were always kept well informed and updated and given the option of waiting or rescheduling.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

I really like my doctor Dr Bernard. he's always answered my questions.cared about my feelings.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

Dr. Bernard was not the correct doctor for my problem. The doctor and his staff got me an appointment with the correct doctor that I needed. I have the highest regards for this doctor and his staff.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

The doctor and his staff were wonderful.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

This doctor is good, but he is ALWAYS late, regardless if it was for my surgery or my office visits. I'm not talking about 15 minutes late, more like an hour or so. That is my biggest complaint about him.

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