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 - 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

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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 1/6/2021, 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

127 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr Bernard and Jackie are wonderful! So kind and professional!!

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

Dr.bernard and his staff are fantastic. Thank you

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

Dr Bernard is a great surgeon; great nursing and PA staff as well; everyone was wonderful and exceeded all expectations

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Dr. Bernard took time to explain my diagnosis and answer my questions. He has referred me to an oncologist at Cleveland Clinic and had already contacted him about my condition. He was very empathetic; so kind and caring!

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Dr. Bernard is a wonderful doctor. He is patient, friendly and gentle while performing the procedure. His nursing staff are very kind and helpful as well.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

dr.bernard was great

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

We loved the thoroughness and kindness of Dr. Bernard and his staff.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

*Dr. Bernard was amazing. He even gave me his personal cell phone #.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Jacqueline Cohan, Dr. Bernard's nurse is absolutely the Best! Thank you for always caring and always helping me and my family!!

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Outstanding Dr and nurse!!

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Dr. Bernard patiently listened to my concerns and showed sincere interest for my condition, assuring me that he would be able to help me.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

Dr. Bernard explained everything in a very easy to understand manner. such a kind, caring and knowledgable surgeon.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Dr Bernard exceeded all of my expectations. He was so easy to talk to and I never felt rushed during our consultation.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr. Bernard was very precise, compassionate and professional. I appreciated his honesty.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Dr. Bernard and his team are all very caring professionals.

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Dr. Bernard was very thorough in explaining the procedure and I knew I was in extremely hands. During the procedure I felt that he genuinely cared for me as a patient and put me at ease. He respected me and his kindness was valued and appreciated. I would highly recommend him to others who need outstanding care!

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Everyone is wonderful there at the Cleveland Clinic, Strongsville. Dr. Bernard and his staff are great!

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

the doctor was very kind and personable

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

dr Bernard was very helpful and respectful during all my previsits and post visits after my surgery including speaking to me while I was in recovery

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

I would highly recommend dr Bernard. he was professional, caring, respectful and polite.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Dr. Bernard was caring, courteous and professional. He took time and answered all of my questions. The Doctor instructed me to call the office immediately if the growth returned.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Dr Bernard and his staff answered all of my questions and explained in detail my options.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

I call the 6th floor of Crile 'The happy floor' and Dr. Bernard and his nurse, Jackie, are 2 of the biggest reasons why. They are not only brilliant from a medical standpoint, but they ooze genuine compassion and heart-felt care for their patients. Dr. Bernard explains everything he's about to do and checks after each item to make sure I'm okay before moving forward. Thee best.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

I gush constantly about Dr. Bernard, Jackie, and the service I receive at A60. They are simply the best all way round.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

Dr. kind, courteous and explained everything to my satisfaction

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Dr. Bernard's nurse , Jackie Cohan is always very timely in getting back to me when I have a concern.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Dr. Bernard is always concerned and caring when I see him. He had us stay in touch with him over the weekend to make sure my infection was clearing with antibiotics.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

great experience. my husband was also impressed with Dr. Bernard's interactions.

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