Dr. Cheryl Bernstein, MD
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Dr. Cheryl Bernstein, MD


Pain Medicine | Female


Dr. Cheryl Bernstein, MD is a pain medicine doctor who practices in Pittsburgh, PA. She is 48 years old and has been practicing for 23 years. Dr. Bernstein is affiliated with UPMC Presbyterian.

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Dr. Bernstein's Performance
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    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (10)
Pittsburgh, PA |
Wow! This woman is a witch! Don't waste your time. There are many great pain doctors in PGH. How does she keep a job? NOT good for UPMC. The most miserable, condescending, person I've met! One star is far too kind.
Pitcairn, PA |
Dr Bernstein is terrible, condescending, arrogant and ignorant. I met with the resident for at least 30 minutes going over my history and diagnoses. He seemed compassionate and understanding. He went into the hall to relay everything to her and her response was "She's lying. That doesn't even exist." She then came into the room and announced that all of my other diagnoses were wrong but that I have fibromyalgia without examining me or going over my records. What a quack!
in Pittsburgh, PA |
I have been a patient of Dr. Bernstein for over 10 years for many reasons: She does not mince words and is very direct when presenting her recommendations, none of which have ever failed to help me (including multiple changes in medications and three rounds of PT/OT/psychological treatment); Dr. Bernstein has been late on occasion (what MD over the course of a decade is not late a few times) but when I let her/office staff/nurses know I have a time constraint that day, the MD has always taken;
Pittsburgh, PA |
A tech took my blood pressure. Next I was seen by a resident/fellow who asked me many questions, never really interacted with me, did not examine me and mainly looked at the computer. A second fellow/resident came in and I told him I had been seen. Then Dr. Bernstein came in with the three others. They did not examine me until I insisted and then it was perfunctory, 1 minute, and not a pain exam. Gave me a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. They did not listen. Did not relate to my pain.
in Pittsburgh, PA |
Dr Bernstein is the most condiscending, arrogant Dr I have ever had to deal with, besides Dr Heres who is also part of the practice. She walks around in her high heels and thinks she is better than everyone else. She has no compassion. Dr Heres stood in the hallway of his office and loudly announced my medical information. Dr Bernstein also wrote false statements on my records for other Drs to see. She slandered me. DO NOT GO TO EITHER OF THESE DRS!!!
Pittsburgh, PA |
Absolutely the most arrogant unprofessional Doctor I have come across EVER. If I could rate it at ZERO STARS I would. Appauling, not sure how she even got a medical degree with her attitude and horrific way of practicing medicine!
Pa |
She is the worst Doctor I've ever had too real with. They need too remove her the UPMC team . The worst experience ever with a whatever you want to call her. Your not on trial , your there for help to deal with your chronic pain. Also, acute and chronic pain she doesn't know the difference between. Just a waste of your time looking too get help with whavtever your issue might be. Also, she puts her pants on just like the rest of us but she don't think so . Just a horrible Doctor wnd person !
Wexford, Pennsylvania |
As I have read some of previous remarks and I concur with all as dr. Bernstein being a condescending person with no social skills and ready to disregard any and ALL comments concerning your condition no matter how severe it may be. And yes her influx of mini-ME assistants that take your initial comments and supposedly report them to her. I can't remember anytime she discusses them when she comes for her 60-second entrance as she thinks she's walking on water. She is Narcistic as they can get!!!
in Cranberry Township, PA |
Dr Bernstein is a disgrace to the medical profession. No empathy, judgemental, harsh. She (her office) had me come in early for appointment due to pain med about to run out during vacation, refused to fill pain med(too early!!?),said to come back after vacation (10) days, then cancelled that appointment saying it was too soon. No pain meds left, she abandoned me. No reason. Steer clear of her.
Pittsburgh Pa |
It started out good when I first started seeing her . She was attentive. In the past couple yrs. 2015 Dr. Berstien only spends 5min while her Mini Me doctor/interns make you answer questions that you answered years ago . And they usually are very eager to judge you. And recently there was a change in the nurse. This nurse has No personal skills!! She is confrontational with me on the phone every time I call there. I don't call often either. Dr Bernstein now seems distant and not sincere. S
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  •  Specializes in Pain Medicine
  •  Board certified in Neurology and Pain Medicine
  •  Malpractice claims in Pennsylvania not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurology
  • Pain Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Aneurysm
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Concussion
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Dystonia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Syncope
  • Tension Headache
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry

    Graduated in 1994

  • Residency Hospital
    Johns Hopkins University School Med
    University Health Center Of Pittsburgh
    University Of MD Med Sys

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Pain Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection