Mark Bernhardt, MD
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and Educator
Lawrence High School
Mark Graduated from Lawrence High in 1975. While a Chesty Lion, he distinguished himself in the classroom and as an athlete. Mark graduated with high honors earning a 3.93 Grade Point Average, ranking 9th in a class of 548 students and being listed in the Who's Who Among High School Students. He lettered in football and wrestling. In 1975, Mark won the state SA 145-pound Wrestling Championship---The very first Lawrence Lion to earn a state wrestling title.
Since Graduating from Lawrence High, Mark has had a stellar career as an orthopedic spine surgeon. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1979. His major was Biology. He had a 3.85 grade point average and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society. Four years later in 1983, he graduated from the KU Medical School. In 1989, he completed a one-year fellowship with one of America's most renowned spine surgeons, Dr, Augustus A, White lll at the Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Hospital.
In 1990, Mark returned to Kansas and joined the Dickson-Dively Midwest Orthopedic Clinic as their lead spine surgeon. He remains on their staff until this day. He has also served since 1990 as the Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Orthopedic Resident Research at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
On February 6, 2013, the UMKC School of Medicine announced that Dr, Mark Bernhardt had been selected as the Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery effective June 1, 2013.
Mark has written and published numerous research articles in leading medical journals, is a member of several medical societies and orthopedic medicine committees.
Mark has a reputation as a competent physician, one of the most highly regarded spine surgeons in America, and a professional who truly cares about his patients and the resident physicians he supervises.