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Dr. Bernardo is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and director of the Surgical Innovations Laboratory for Skull Base Microsurgery in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Bernardo has established himself as an expert in skull base and neurovascular surgery and as a pioneer and expert in the understanding of microsurgical anatomy.
He received his M.D. from University of Naples “Federico II”. He completed his Neurosurgery residency at the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Naples and at the Western General Hospital/University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Bernardo served as a scholar at the University of California, Irvine from 1997 to 1999. He spent one year as a volunteer neurosurgeon in Peru, where he established skull base surgery programs in hospitals throughout the country. Dr. Bernardo completed a fellowship in Skull Base Surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona under Dr. Robert Spetzler. His research interests include skull base surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, and virtual reality in medicine and surgery.
Dr. Bernardo has trained over 5,000 neurosurgeons through his skull base surgery courses and 55 dedicated fellows since he has joined the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell. Dr. Bernardo is currently a neurosurgical consultant in several countries where he continues to operate on complex skull base surgical cases on a routine basis.