Estrada Bernard
Estrada J Bernard, Jr, MD

Specialty: Neurosurgery

Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery

Subspecialty: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery

Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

Residency Training: Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Special Interests:
– Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
– Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
– Endoscopic Neurosurgery
– Carotid Artery Disease
– Brain Tumors
– Trigeminal Neuralgia
– Chiari Malformations

Select Publications:
– Karadeniz-Bigili M, Castillo M, Bernard E. Transdural spinal cord herniation: pre- and post operative MRI findings: Clinical Imaging, 2005; 29(4): 288-290.
– Weaver K, Huang J, Tamargo R, Bernard E. Preoperative localization of the carotid bifurcation for carotid endarterectomy using magnetic resonance angiography without tomography: Technical note. Neurosurg, 2004;55(5):1227.
– Bernard E, Passanante A, Mann B, Lannon S, Vaughn B. Insertion of the vagal nerve stimulator using local and regional anesthesia. Surg Neurol, 2002;57:94-8.
– Vaughn B, Bernard E, Lannon S, Mann B, D?Cruz O, Shockley W, Passanante A. Intraoperative methods for confirmation of correct placement of the vagal nerve stimulator. Epileptic Disord 2001;3(2):75-77.
– Bullitt E, Aylward S, Bernard E, Gerig G. Computer-assisted visualization of arteriovenous malformatons on the home personal computer. Neurosurg, 2001;48:576-583.
– Chen P, Bernard E, Sen P. A markov chain model used in analyzing disease history applied to a stroke study. J Appl Stat 1999; 26(4):413-422.
– Bernard E, Urban L, Somjen, G. Spinal dorsal horn neurons in elevated extracellular calcium: cell properties and spontaneous discharges. Brain Res 1990; 521:161-166.
– Bernard E, Nashold B, Caputi F. Clinical review of nucleus caudalis DREZ lesions for facial pain. Appl Neurophysiol 51:218-224, 1988.
– Bernard E, Nashold B, Caputi F, Moossy J. Nucleus caudalis DREZ lesions for facial pain. Br J Neurosurg 1987;1:81-92.
– Bernard E, Strauss B, Haring J, Davis J. Sustained elevation of hippocampal cyclic 3′-5′ adenosine monophosphate levels after medial septal lesions. J Neurochem 1983;41:1171-1176.

Hospital Affiliations:
– Alaska Regional Hospital
– Providence Alaska Medical Center
– Creekside Surgery Center

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
National Medical Association

Conditions Treated :

– Arteriovenous malformations
– Brain aneurysms
– Brain tumors
– Chiari malformations
– Hydrocephalus
– Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
– Hemifacial spasm
– Trigeminal neuralgia
– Pituitary tumors
– Traumatic brain injury
– Seizures-Vagal nerve stimulation

– Herniated discs
– Spinal cord injury
– Spinal cord tumors
– Syringomyelia
– Spondylosis
– Spondylolisthesis

– Trigeminal neuralgia
– Occipital neuralgia
– Pseudotumor cerebri

Peripheral Nerve:
– Carpal tunnel syndrome
– Ulnar nerve palsy
– Nerve tumors
– Brachial plexus lesions

– Carotid stenosis
– Arteriovenous malformations
– Moya Moya disease
– Cavernous malformations


"One aspect of my surgery that I appreciate very much was the way I felt truly valued by Dr. Bernard as a patient. I felt very well taken care of and cared for after having a difficult time coming out of anesthesia, Dr. Bernard stayed with me not just through the surgery but continuing through until I was all the way out of anesthesia. My aftercare was great. I also really had a great experience with the entire office personnel!"
Mary Olszewski

“After two major spine surgeries in 2011, I was still in a great deal of pain. While they may have helped to some extent, they did not resolve the problem. In order to have any quality of life whatsoever, I was taking an enormous amount of narcotics to numb the pain. That is until Dr. Bernard installed a spinal cord stimulator in December 2012. I immediately received 90% pain relief, and soon thereafter, I was narcotic free. I cannot begin to tell you what this system has done to give me my quality of life back.”