Dr. Peter Bernad, MD, FACP, MPH

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2112 F Street NW, Suite 303, Washington, DC, 20037
2296 Opitz Boulevard, Suite 360, Woodbridge, VA, 22191
2616 Sherwood Hall Lane, suite 201, Alexandria, VA, 22306

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Dr. Bernad received his medical doctorate from McGill University in 1974. He did his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Southern California Medical Center and received his Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He served as Neurology Residency at Harvard with Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, Dr. Bernad is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at George Washington University Medical Center. He is board certified in Neurology, Internal Medicine and a number of other sub-specialty boards. He is also a member of several medical organizations including: The American Medical Association, American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. Dr. Bernad has published over fifty articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Neurology, and Medical Clinics of North America. Along with this Dr. Bernad has published many books such as Closed-Head Injury and The Medical and Legal Aspects of a Brain Injury. He serves on the review board of Clinical Electroencephalography and Integrative Psychiatry. In addition, he is board certified in Neurology and Internal Medicine, and an expert in environmental and toxicological public health. **If you have an HMO insurance, you need authorization or a referral for your appointment. In addition, if you could PLEASE provide your INSURANCE ID before booking an appointment, that would be very beneficial!**

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Once I got to see the doctor after an hour and a half wait (tooooooo long!!), he was great. As a new patient, he chatted with me to get to know me and my medical concerns There will be a follow up appointment, and I expect things to go well.

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I gave Dr. Bernad 4 chances. All 4 times i have been seen over an hour past my appointment time. He speaks over you and doesn’t take all of your concerns into account. He prescribed me 9 migraine pills when i stated i have had chronic migraines and dizziness everyday for several years! I do not recommend.

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Not trying to be harsh, but I felt as though I was not taken seriously at all. Nothing was done for my pain and I am worse off than when I first made my appointment. They also never returned any of my calls about when I could schedule a follow up for my test results.

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Really a cut above. Genuinely cares about his patients. I'm almost in tears thinking about how many doctors I had to see before I found Dr. Bernad.

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Horrible wait times

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Dr Bernad was wonderful, as usual.

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Everything went good but Arrived at 2:30 and left 5:30. Not happy with this.

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This doctor was so unprofessional. I waited two hours, and he didn't even address my primary complaint. He just sat there gossiping with me. I immediately left and booked someone out of network who go the job done within ten minutes.

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Great physician concerned about the whole Patient

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I am supportive of doctors teaching while with patients. With that said, I received far more useful information from a doctor who was not Dr Bernad, as he spent less than 4 minutes with me. Most of the time in the room with me was spent telling the student doctors about how he wasn't going to prescribe me a barbiturate because opiod abuse is rampant in America and then discussing political implications. I was there because the barbiturate my primary care doc prescribed didn't work (and had expired with a nearly full bottle). I was given a few sample drugs, a prescription for what I already have to refill, and awful printouts of what should be a migraine diary. I wasn't given the time to tell him that I've kept track on a phone app for about 3 years and have kept journals off and on for the 20 years since initial diagnosis. I tried to share that and so much more since I've obviously seen many neurologists over the years. The student doctors seemed kind and empathetic as I was whisked away with no additional help. I had high hopes of this being my new neurologist for years to come, but I don't think I'll go back.

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He was very attentive and gave alot of details around different options for treatments. He took his time and I didn't feel rushed one bit.

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I liked the Dr. He was extremely busy, though. I learned there patients there with the exact same appt. Time as me. However, he is the best in the area.

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I was very impressed with Dr. Bernad, I felt he really wanted to help me figure out what was causing my problems and was going to work with me until we did so. The downside was a 90 minute wait in a very hot office, with no magazines except one People and one Sports Illustrated. I count on my Dr. visits to catch up on my celebrity news!!! The receptionist seemed to be having a difficult time entering my information in the system which added to my wait time.

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I read in the reviews that some people had problems with there being med students there but they are efficient and there to learn. It's a great experience for them. I thought the med student who I spoke to was really nice and it wasn't intrusive or weird. I actually like that he interacts with them and helps them learn, because then the patient can also hear the discussion and learn his thought process in the diagnosis. The doctor is so friendly and nice. He is very efficient. I was seen really quickly. The diagnosis and discussion revolving my options were laid out for me.

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Awesome Staff and AMAZING Doctor.

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The doctor was great, but his staff were incredibly unhelpful. They seemed to serve as gatekeepers to the doctor and were not responsive. Despite his assurance that he would be helpful, in the end I couldn't connect with him in any way to follow up on the few appointments I had. It was up to me to get medical records transferred, I never heard back regarding his review of those records, and once my insurance wouldn't approve a test I never heard from them again. Very disappointing.

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Dr. Bernad is very nice and he is just a wonderful person and doctor. Personally, I tend to feel intimidated by some doctors and I sometimes feel that the minute I can into the office, they are ready to get rid of me. This office is very welcoming. The people who speak with you at the window are so sweet and honestly, Dr. Bernad feels like an old friend, one who you believe in and trust.

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Its refreshing to have a doctor, much less a specialist spend time to get to know you as a human.

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Dr. Bernad is extremely professional and very nice. I have been going to him for over a year for chronic migraines, He has put me on a regime that has made my migraines decrease in frequency tremendously, if not completely. He is always very helpful and answers all of my questions. He truly cares about his patients well being and health. Highly recommend him!

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It was my very first appointment with Dr. Bernard and I am very pleased with his bedside manner. He seems to genuinely care about his patient. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

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Willingness to try new courses of treatment; taking patient seriously; affable; bedside manner only a little strange because he kept talking to PA about me, in front of me!

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Having now worked with doctors and veterans for at least 20 years almost daily, I am familiar with care providers and treatment plans. Other than Dr. Bernad, there is no other doctor that I would rate as excellent (5 stars). (Some doctors I would rate at 4 or even 4.5 but not 5). Dr. Bernad treats veterans with respect and is committed to providing them with the best possible care. He is not only an excellent doctor but a strong advocate for his patients.

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Extremely professional.

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The doctor didn't seem so awful but I felt very much that they only wanted to do treatments onsite. However, the employee to verify insurance coverage for sleep study was awful at following through, even after I called back multiple times. When I asked for a recommendation to an actual psychotherapist they wanted me to wait for the sleep study first which wasn't making progress. In the end, I wasted hundreds of dollars going there for the diagnostics they did onsite

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Dr Bernard had his student with him she was very nice and very knowledgeable but talk to the scrib not me.

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I didn't really feel that Dr. Bernad listened to me. I spent 20 minutes or so talking with his intern and giving him a lot of information, only for Dr. Bernad to walk in in the middle of the intern giving him a 15 second synopsis. I came in for headaches, but he spent the entire time talking about the fact that I have a large head, and immediately ordered a sleep study even though I told him I sleep fine and that my snoring has been going on for my entire life. I recognize that my headache probably wasn't going to be easy to diagnose since he didn't have all that much to go on, but I would have appreciated it if I'd felt like he was actually listening to what I had to say.

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Staff is rude and lacking in knowledge of general processes of the office. Doctor talks to the medical students like you're not in the room. He's makes it uncomfortable to communicate your concerns.

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Office staff is very professional and Dr Bernad really listens to your concerns.

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He is an amazing MD. I have been seeing him for close to 11 years and his bedside manner and professionalism is next to none. He is proficient and very intelligent and up to all the necessary medical treatments and diagnosis that will help you. He even has medical students that he trains due to his wisdom and knowledge. Truly I couldnt image a better doctor than him. All my other doctors go to him for advise due to his well known professionalism and knowledge.

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Incompetent, dangerous, forgetful doctor who I seriously question whether should be practicing medicine. On top of that, usual wait was 90 minutes past appointment time and I have been repeatedly billed months past paying in full. Office staff is completely incompetent....missing records, etc.

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It was horrible they rush the appointment you feel uncomfortable dealing with different interns

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Seemed genuinely concerned with my issues but confused facts I told him several times. Luckily, resident sat in on exam and took notes. I left with little confidence in the decisions made.

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Lots of medical students running around!!

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Booked an appointment to discuss the reasons for my headaches. Dr Bernard asked lots of questions to better understand my symptoms and cause of these headaches. Spent a great deal of time with me which I thoroughly appreciated. Suggested a battery of test which I will schedule and follow up! Will definitely return.

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AWESOME! I know he will find out what is wrong with me. His Intern ask a lot of questions. They seem very concern, not rush. Thank you!

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Waited about 45 minutes to be seen. Staff was very friendly as was the doctor. A bit disorganized though.

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As mentioned in other reviews, Dr. Bernad is a very nice man but a very unhelpful doctor. He prescribed medications that did not help my migraines and gave me terrible nightmares. He frequently talked about me in third person to interns/residents while I was sitting right there and did not satisfactorily answer my questions. He requested a barrage of tests without clear explanations as to why and prescribed costly medications that a previous doctor had expressly told me never to take. I recently found a much better neurologist who validated all my frustrations with Dr. Bernad by simply being competent and clear herself. Stay away for Dr. Bernad if you want real and straightforward help.

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quede complacida , el doctor y sus colaboradores son personas que le dan seguridad y confiabilidad , Gracias

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The interns and Dr Bernard were great!!! So patient and very thorough. Glad I found them!

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I was very skeptical about scheduling an appointment here because of past reviews and only did for scheduling reasons. Apparently, Dr. Bernad must have listened to the feedback because I had absolutely no issues with the service here. Yes, I was initially seen by a resident, but that really wasn't an issue for me. In fact, I felt that having the resident there was additional benefit for me since Dr. Bernad took the chance to teach the resident about my condition. This provided additional clarification for me too.

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