Paul Bernstein, MD, Ph.D.
Affiliated Ophthalmologist

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Paul Bernstein, MD, Ph.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dr. Paul Bernstein works with the Himalayan Cataract Project to bring current techniques in retinal diagnosis and treatment to ophthalmologists in Ghana and Nepal. He has been a partner in the surgical training of Nepali physicians both in Kathmandu, Nepal, and in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bernstein graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship at the New England Deaconess Hospital and a research fellowship and clinical residency in Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. Dr. Bernstein did his fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Bernstein joined the faculty of the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah in 1995. Today, he is the Mary Boesche Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Bernstein is also the Chief of the Vitreoretinal Surgical Service for the Veteran's Administration Hospital, the Director of the Moran Eye Center’s Vitreoretinal Fellowship, and the Associate Research Director at the John A. Moran Eye Center.

In addition, Bernstein has an active NIH-funded laboratory doing basic science work on nutritional aspects of inherited and acquired macular and retinal diseases. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, is a Member of the National Eye Institute’s AREDS II Study Executive Committee, is a reviewer for many scientific journals and grant review committees, holds four patents, and has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers. In his local community, Dr. Bernstein has served as a Member of the University of Utah Academic Senate and a Member of the University of Utah Patent Advisory Committee.

Dr. Bernstein has been voted one of “America’s Best Doctors” since 2006.