Dr. Mark Bernhardt became the interim Department Chairman at UMKC in July, 2012 and was named as the Rex L. Diveley Professor and Chairman of the Department in July, 2013.
Dr. Bernhardt joined the UMKC faculty in 1990 after a short stint in the Harvard Orthopaedic Surgery Department, covering his mentor’s practice at Beth Israel Hospital and directing the Spine Fellowship during that time. He has been a consultant at Truman Medical Center since 1990, while employed by the Dickson-Diveley Clinic, primarily at St. Luke’s Hospital, for over two decades. He also has served patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital, attending a Spine Clinic at CMH for 18 years.
Dr. Bernhardt, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, is the son of a former college football coach and has been interested and active in treating athletes his entire career. Dr. Bernhardt served as an Associate Team Physician and Spine Consultant for the Kansas City Royals Professional Baseball Club from 1992 through 2010. He also has served as Assistant Team Physician for the Kansas City Blades Professional Hockey Team (1990-2001) and Associate Team Physician of Kansas City Explorers World Team Tennis team (1993-2003 & 2005-2012).
Dr. Bernhardt was a Kansas state champion wrestler his senior year at Lawrence High School. Dr. Bernhardt was honored in 2014 by his alma mater with induction to the Lawrence Lions Alumni Association Hall of Honor.
Dr. Bernhardt has served his profession in numerous academic and leadership roles. Dr. Bernhardt served the School of Medicine with membership on the Council on Selection from 1991 through 1995. He was the President of Kansas City Orthopaedic Society in 2000. Dr. Bernhardt served St. Luke’s Hospital as President of the Medical Staff in 2006. Dr. Bernhardt has been on the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City since 2006. He has also been on the Board of Directors of the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Board Member (2001-2003) and is currently a Board Member of the Missouri State Orthopaedic Association (2010-present).
Dr. Bernhardt has served on several American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Committees, most notably the Graduate Education Committee (1993-1997) and the Committee on Educational Programming (1997-2001). He has chaired numerous AAOS courses for orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. Bernhardt serves as a Reviever for the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (2002-present) and the New England Journal of Medicine (2002-present). He served as a Reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research from1995 to 2003.
Dr. Bernhardt also serves his profession and the public’s interest as an Examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, examining candidates for the ABOS Part II & Recertification Examinations (2002-present).
EducationFellowship – Spine Surgery, Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. Residency – Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Wichita, Kansas. Medical School – M.D., University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City Kansas. College – B.A., Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
PositionClinical Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Rex L. Diveley Professor and Chairman Department of Orthopaedic Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Truman Medical Center
CertificationsAmerican Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – Board Certified Part I (written), passed, July, 1988 Part II (oral), passed, July, 1991 Diplomat: Date of certification, July 12, 1991 Re-certification: March, 2000; effective January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2011 Re-certification: Maintenance of Certification process fulfilled; June 2010; 2010 MOC Examination passed, April 2010; effective January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2021
MembershipsAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons American Orthopaedic Association Cervical Spine Research Society Scoliosis Research Society North American Spine Society Interurban Orthopaedic Society Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Mid-Central States Orthopaedic Society Missouri State Orthopedic Association Kansas City Orthopaedic Society Metropolitan Medical Society of Kansas City
HonorsDr. Bernhardt has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards during his career. Dr. Bernhardt took the job of Department Chairman because of his commitment to the education of orthopaedic surgery residents. Perhaps his most revered honor was receiving the Paul W. Meyer, M.D. Award as the Outstanding Orthopaedic Educator at UMKC in 1996. Dr. Bernhardt has been honored locally for the care he provides. He was listed as one of the three best Kansas City area orthopaedic surgeons in 1998 in The Squire’s “The Doctors’ Choices.” He has also been listed as one of Kansas City Magazine’s Kansas City Super Doctors on multiple occasions (2007, 2014, and 2015). Dr. Bernhardt has also been honored nationally. He was listed as one of “America’s Top Physicians” in the 2004-2005 Guide to America’s Top Physicians. Dr. Bernhardt was subsequently honored as one of “America’s Top Orthopedists” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America in its Guide to America’s Top Orthopedists several times (2007, 2014 and 2015). Additionally, U.S. News named Dr. Bernhardt as one of three orthopaedic surgeons in Kansas City in its Top Doctors list in 2012.
InterestsDr. Bernhardt’s elective surgical practice is surgery of the spine. He cares for adult and pediatric patients with lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine pain, deformity, degenerative, developmental, and traumatic problems. Dr. Bernhardt also enjoys caring for patients with extremity fractures and other acute orthopaedic emergencies. Dr. Bernhardt’s number one academic interest is and always has been educating and mentoring orthopaedic surgeons in training. He has numerous ongoing research projects in the areas of spine diagnosis, patient education, smoking and its adverse musculoskeletal effects, and medical education.