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Welcome, Dr. Bernstein!

Welcome, Dr. Bernstein!

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland welcomed a new chief of staff to their medical team in October! Robert Bernstein, M.D., joins the Portland Shriners Hospital team after his time at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he served as medical director of their Orthopaedic Center and vice chair of clinical affairs for the Department of Orthopaedics. As chief of staff, Dr. Bernstein will lead the medical team that is comprised of 12 pediatric orthopaedic surgeons at the Portland Shriners Hospital.

Dr. Bernstein was first introduced to the Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system after practicing medicine at the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital from 1994-2001. During his time at the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital (now Shriners for Children Medical Center), he was promoted to assistant chief of staff. After his career led him to experience other opportunities, he was eager to return to the Shriners Hospitals for Children system when the opportunity presented itself. “For me, it all comes back to the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children,” said Dr. Bernstein. “Providing the highest quality care for patients regardless of their family’s ability to pay is something that truly resonates with me. I always want to take care of any patient who needs it.”

One of Dr. Bernstein’s greatest passions is global health and the education of pediatric orthopaedic care in developing countries. After first-hand exposure to the shortage of medical care available in Cambodia while on a service trip, Dr. Bernstein founded the nonprofit Mobile Pediatric Orthopaedic Education (MoPOEd) in 2007. MoPOEd focuses on teaching sustainable pediatric orthopaedic surgery to health care providers in the developing world through on-site and hands-on training.

As a leader in orthopaedic health care, Dr. Bernstein serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Little People of America and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Advisory Board of Global Help.

Dereesa Reid, administrator at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland, said, “We are thrilled to have Dr. Bernstein leading our world-class team of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and advancing our patient-centered model of care.”

Here is a fun fact about Dr. Bernstein: he has multiple unique hobbies! Next time you visit the Portland Shriners Hospital, be sure to ask him about his banjo playing, his amateur poetry, or his hope to take up kayaking now that he lives in Portland!