William A. Bernie, M.D., was presented with Wright State University School of Medicine's Appreciation Award during the graduation ceremonies held on June 7 at Memorial Hall.
Bernie was honored by the graduating class of 2002 for his significant contribution and outstanding leadership to the class and to the School of Medicine. Since the school's inception, Bernie has supported both medical education and continuing medical education through philanthropy and has served as a voluntary faculty member for more than 25 years. Bernie has also advanced patient care in Dayton through the research and development of surgical products and has served as an exemplary role model and mentor for colleagues, residents, and students.
Bernie is a native of Dayton, Ohio. His father, David Bernie, M.D., was a family practitioner and an ophthalmologist in Dayton for more than 60 years. Bernie is the eldest of eight children and five of his siblings are also physicians. In fact, the family at one time was in the Guiness Book of Records for having the most physicians within one family.
Bernie has a B.A. from Miami University and an M.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his internship at Indiana University, followed by a general surgery residency at West Virginia University, and a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Bernie maintained a private practice for general surgery/surgical oncology in Dayton from 1972-1995.