Dr. Steven Bernick
Dr. Bernick was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. Active in his community at an early age, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was awarded the Union League of Philadelphia’s award for good citizenship. He enlisted in the United States Navy immediately after graduating high school, and spent the next eight years as a nuclear propulsion electrician, instructor, and supervisor in the submarine community. After receiving an honorable discharge, his love of the Pacific Northwest kept him in Washington State. He graduated from Olympic College in Bremerton with an Associate in the Arts and Sciences degree, and from the University of Washington in Seattle with a Bachelor of Sciences degree, majoring in Microbiology, where he was awarded the department’s prestigious Jacques Chiller Award for academic excellence and community service.
After graduating from the Uniformed Services University F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, he completed residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Gastroenterology at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He was also selected for the coveted Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Visiting IBD Fellow Program, allowing him to complete focused training in inflammatory bowel diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In addition, he was one of a handful of military physicians selected to complete the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program through McMaster’s University in Ontario, Canada. This training has allowed him to provide a valued alternative medicine approach to wounded warriors, as well as those with functional gastrointestinal disorders, and is rarely found in the allopathic gastroenterology community.
With over 20 years of service as an active duty military physician, he practiced medicine around the globe. From the isolated environment of Guantanamo Bay, to the remote jungles of Indonesia, to the austere setting of a deployed hospital ship, he provided world class care to foreign nationals and refugees as well as those in military service. Recognized for his warm demeanor and welcoming bedside manner, he was cited as the “Top Twenty – Best of the Best” for patient satisfaction in all of Navy medicine in both 2015 and 2016.
Now retired from active duty service, Dr. Bernick continues to serve past and current warfighters and their dependents as a staff gastroenterologist at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. As an educator, he is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine at his alma mater, the Uniformed Services University. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology Professional Issues Committee, and has been an invited lecturer at numerous forums on topics such as medical acupuncture, inflammatory bowel disease and professional licensure issues. His publications range from research articles to a textbook chapter, and his experience during Operation Pacific Partnership 2010 was published in a major gastroenterology journal.