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Gary Bernstein, MD, FACS, MBA

Medical Director of Surgical Related Subspecialties

Southeastern Regional Medical Center

Gary Bernstein, MD, FACS, MBA

Medical Degree

  • Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta

Internship / Residency

  • General Surgery - Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta

Advanced Degree(s)

  • Executive MBA - Emory University, Atlanta


  • American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners

Practicing Since: 1991

Dr. Gary Bernstein has a diverse background in clinical care, management and teaching. In 2012, he joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Newnan, Georgia, as a general surgeon and the hospital's Medical Director of Surgical Related Subspecialties.

A practicing surgeon since 1991, Dr. Bernstein spends most of his time at CTCA helping other surgeons perform complex operations. He says he enjoys working with our most challenging patients.

“They rarely have simple, common problems, yet they are so grateful for the time we spend with them,” Dr. Bernstein says.

A three-time graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Dr. Bernstein earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in 1982, his Doctor of Medicine in 1986 and his Master of Business Administration in 1997. He completed his residency in general surgery – serving as chief resident – at Emory University Hospital between 1986 and 1991.

Dr. Bernstein began his career in 1991 as a general surgeon in private practice and as a professor of surgery. He practiced at Emory University Hospital Midtown, known as Crawford W. Long Hospital at the time, and Piedmont Atlanta Hospital until 1994. During that time, Dr. Bernstein served on the medical Records Committee and Board-level Strategic Planning Committee. He also chaired the Nutrition Committee.

For the past 22 years, Dr. Bernstein has held a faculty appointment as a clinical assistant professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine and as a clinical assistant professor at Emory’s Centers for Surgical Anatomy and Technique. His responsibilities included educating medical students and residents about advanced anatomy of the human body, hands-on operative instruction and one-on-one mentoring. During his tenure, he developed and directed a new course called “The Business of Medicine.”

Dr. Bernstein served as Interim Director of Surgical Education at Emory University’s Department of Surgery between 1998 and 2000. He oversaw all aspects of resident rotations at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, handled accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and directed educational and peer review conferences.

Dr. Bernstein is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He also is a Fellow with the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Bernstein has been a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, the Medical Association of Atlanta and the American College of Physician Executives.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Bernstein moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University and has lived in the city since then.

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