Steven J Bernick


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
Research Interests:
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Functional Digestive Diseases
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Gastroenterology Fellowship, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, 2008-2011
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation National Visiting Fellow IBD Rotation Program, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2010
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Training Program, McMaster University, Ontario, 2009
Internal Medicine Residency, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, 2004-2007
Doctor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, 2000-2004
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1998-2000


Dedicated, conscientious physician with a stellar academic background and broad range of clinical experience in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Medical Acupuncture. Includes over 20 years military service delivering high quality patient-centered care to medical staff, support staff, inpatients, and outpatients in a variety of clinical settings. Served as Head, Division of Gastroenterology, Naval Hospital Bremerton from 2011 until retirement from active duty in 2017, where he treated current and past warfighters and their dependents as the only Navy gastroenterologist in the Pacific Northwest. Is honored to continue serving this population as staff gastroenterologist, Madigan Army Medical Center. Author, professor, and invited lecturer, his varied experience involves healthcare delivery around the world. Repeatedly cited as “Top Twenty – Best of the Best” for patient satisfaction in all of Navy Medicine. Successfully executed multiple locum tenens assignments. Member of the American College of Gastroenterology Publications Committee and Professional Issues Committee. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. Finally, he is an avid athlete, having completed numerous endurance races, including multiple Ironman triathlons.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Staff Gastroenterologist, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA, 2017-Present

Head, Division of Gastroenterology, Naval Hospital Bremerton, 2011-2017

Head, Department of Internal Medicine, Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 2007-2008

Junior Officer of the Year, Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 2007-2008


Bernick S, Kane S. Inflammatory Bowel Disease. (2010). In Guandalini, S & Vaziri, H. Diarrhea: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Advances (pp. 61-80). New York: Humana Press.

Bernick S, Kane S. Drug Transfer to the Fetus and to the Breastfeeding Infant: What Do We Know. Current Drug Delivery. 2012 Jul 1;9(4):350-5.

Bernick S, Lawson D. A humanitarian exercise during gastroenterology fellowship. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Gastrointest Endosc. 2011:74(3):635-6.

Bernick S, Kane S. Improving adherence in inflammatory bowel disease. Practical Gastroenterology. 2010;59:17-22.

Bernick S, Kane S. Insight into the widespread problem of non-adherence to therapy in ulcerative colitis. Expert Rev Clin Immunol. 2010;6(4):677-82.

Bernick S, Kane S. Optimizing use of 5-ASA in the treatment of ulcerative colitis: focus on patient compliance and adherence. Patient Related Outcome Measures. 2010;1:57-63.