Patient Rating:

4.5 out of 5

293 Patient Ratings
145 Patient Comments

Paul S. Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D.

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Languages

  • English

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-2352 John A. Moran Eye Center
65 N Mario Capecchi
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Bio

Paul S. Bernstein's clinical interests include age-related macular degeneration with special emphasis on the role of nutrition and environment in its treatment and prevention, inherited retinal and macular dystrophies, and surgical treatment of vitreoretinal disorders such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachments.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Professor
Pharmacology and Toxicology - Adjunct Associate Professor
Board Certification American Board of Ophthalmology
National Board of Medical Examiners

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
4.6
My confidence in care provider
4.6
Time care provider spent with me
4.3
Care provider spoke using clear language
4.5
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.4
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
4.4
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
4.4
Wait time at clinic
3.4
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.5

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

July 31, 2014

I honestly feel like family with some of the nurses. everyone takes great care of me. the physians take extra time to carefully clean my eyes before and after injections since I wear lash extensions. I really appreciate it.

July 21, 2014

I started with Dr Zhang, he referred me to Dr Berenstein when he left. all of the docs I have seen are amazing.

July 20, 2014

Paul Bernstein and his staff are excellent caregivers and are very professional and caring

July 18, 2014

I was very surprised when Dr. Bernstein said that I really didn't have Age-related Macular-degeneration. I am very happy with my improved vision though.

July 17, 2014

It was a wonderful experience. The staff were excellent.

July 14, 2014

Covered a lot information in a short period of time.

July 04, 2014

I would recommend Dr Bernstein... I have a lot of confidence in him, he knows what he is doing.. At first I wasn't sure he was very quite and reserved... But being his patience for the last 9 months he has become a lot friendlier, I feel very good about asking him questions.. He is a very good doctor!!!

June 19, 2014

Good experience. Dr. Bernstein is an excellent physician. He is very knowledgeable and was willing to answer all questions I had.

June 12, 2014

a very great place to go. very caring and professional

June 09, 2014

I have every confidence in Dr. Bernstein.

June 08, 2014

Great people.

May 31, 2014

Dr. Bernstein is a very good physician. His professional abilities are excellent and he is willing to listen. His interaction at times is somewhat distant/aloof, though he will discuss things with you if you initiate questions.

May 20, 2014

but I would not be fair myself unless I told them how overbooked and as a result we have ti sit and wait and wait.

May 06, 2014

Thanks to Dr Bernstein and his fellow for all they do!!!!

May 03, 2014

Before giving me my injection, the doctor put on gloves and then proceeded to do the computer work. I was worried that the gloves would get dirty and infect my eyes.

April 26, 2014

I had a very pleasant experience. Everyone was so kind and friendly. No one made me feel stupid for coming in.

April 25, 2014

I feel Dr Bernstein is one of the best in his field..

April 23, 2014

So much better!!!!

April 21, 2014

Dr. Bernstein is always warm, thorough, and informative.

March 26, 2014

After having 4 surgeries in a small amount of time I have gotten to know the Doctor.. I have a lot of trust in him, I would recommend him to others..

March 20, 2014

excellent experience and friendly and professional atmosphere

March 17, 2014

good experience

March 17, 2014

The end result with improvement shown when comparing the scans from last Dec. until now were encouraging. It was good to know the most of the fluid behind my left eye is gone. The vision problem now may be with the scar tissue and hopefully that will also improve.

March 10, 2014

I'm totally satisfied with the care provider.

February 14, 2014

I would definitely recommend him.

February 10, 2014

All Very Good!

February 07, 2014

Good

February 05, 2014

Dr Bernstein wanted the joint appointment with Dr. Creel so that he could go over the results of the test by Dr. Creel. He didn't provide time for questions during his visit. I thought there would be time after the tests to discuss the findings. When I finished the tests with Dr. Creel, I was told that I was finished and needed to come back in six months. I had no opportunity for questions.

January 31, 2014

This was the first time I felt like the doctor saw me like a person and not just another folder. I was scared about what was happening to me and I was crying. He actually took some time to reassure me that everything was okay.

January 24, 2014

I have shared my excellent experiences at the Moran with numerous friends back home in Chicago .

January 12, 2014

Of the variety of care providers I have seen, I was most comfortable in all respects with Dr. Bernstein.

December 26, 2013

Great people who work there, and they go out of there way to make your visit a pleasant one.

December 20, 2013

I was only with Dr. Bernstein for about five to ten minutes out of the four hours I was there, but I have tremendous confidence in him.

December 16, 2013

great place and people

December 16, 2013

The condition that I had was not explained to me though I was assured it did not threaten my vision. I had to rely on researching the diagnosis myself on line to find out what it was exactly and what to expect in the future.

December 16, 2013

The first time I did this survey I gave all 5's.. This is going to be my 3rd surgery in 3 months and I still don't know what is going on with my eye.. I don't even know what part the retina plays in my vision?? For his friendliness I believe he is probably as friendly as Surgeons get, they way of thinking is way above the normal person.. He told me my condition and I don't have a clue what letter it starts with.. I ask him why the 2 surgeries have not worked and he said just bad luck..

December 12, 2013

I WOULD HAVE LIKED FOR THE DR TO TAKE THE TIME TO CHECK MY "GOOD EYE" FOR MY OWN PEACE OF MIND, BUT I DIDN'T EVEN DARE ASK. THIS IS LIFECHANGING TO ME, AND I FELT AS IF HE COULD HAVE CARED LESS. I FELT SUPID FOR THE QUESTIONS THAT I DID ASK.

November 28, 2013

Dr. Berstein just awesome. The previous intern (Dr. Batar) was great as well.

November 19, 2013

Dr Bernsttien is fantastic and I have and will continue to recommend others to see him.

October 30, 2013

good

October 28, 2013

good experience

October 23, 2013

Seriously I can't say enough good things about Moran and Dr. Bernstein's surgical and follow-up care. I was very, very fortunate to have him 'on-call' that weekend and will be forever grateful for his care and help.

October 21, 2013

I did not feel rushed and appreciated the explanation given to me.

October 21, 2013

No bad experience with the care providers. I suggest that an n/a column be added here. My visit was a follow-up for an injection. A number of the above questions did not apply. Explanations of my condition, treatment, etc., were clearly given by Dr. Bernstein on my initial visit.

October 20, 2013

All good

October 17, 2013

Actual exam was rushed and perfuntory.

October 15, 2013

best care anywhere!

October 09, 2013

Dr. B is my hero... I would totally recommend him. He is always so friendly, remembers me and treats me with respect. Please tell him thank you AGAIN for all he has done for my eye care... and I will look forward to my yearly check up... unless something comes up sooner.

October 03, 2013

The nurses and assiants were great.. I also want to make sure the anesthesia doctor was very comforting.. Great personality!!

October 02, 2013

The PA was great. Dr. Bernstein however gave me a name of what was wrong and why what had happened so far had happened but didn't tell me anything I could do to help with the situation or what to watch for. The person who showed me the way back out of the clinic told me more of what to watch for then he did. I realized what was really going on when I got home and researched it. I would have asked some questions if he had been more clear,

September 30, 2013

Dr Bernstein is excellent in all aspects!

September 30, 2013

I was disappointed with Dr. Bernstein's care. Dr. Crum had recommended him. It seemed he never had looked into my records and didn't know a thing about me. The only "test" he did was to have pictures taken of my macula. Previous tests had shown there wasn't a problem there. He never commented on Dr. Crum's recommendation for treatment. I had to bring it up, and then all he had to say was that I could do the treatment "if I wanted to." I basically was at the Moran for 3 hours and all he had to say was that he would turn me back over to Dr. Crum. He had suggested re-doing one test that had come back abnormally, but suggested doing it in a year. He showed no concern that my eyesight has been diminishing quite quickly.

September 30, 2013

am very glad things worked out the way they did and Dr. Bernstein was on call the day came into Moran. He provided excellent care and I had complete confidence in him.

September 27, 2013

I have seen retinitis pigmentosa specialist all over the country. I stick with Dr. Bernstein for a reason.

September 23, 2013

For my first appointment I had Dr. Bernstein. Totally excellent in all respects. For my second appointment I had a different Doctor. Not nearly as informative.

September 11, 2013

still had eye pain I felt it wasn't address at my visit. Just passed me to another doctor.

September 02, 2013

I love efficient and quick, but I also like to be kept informed. My needs are always met at the Moran. I have recommended the Center to friends who have WMD.

August 21, 2013

ALL GOOD

August 19, 2013

No gloves worn during exam, When touching my eye or face.

August 19, 2013

Its just so busy and so many people

August 18, 2013

My situation was of the critical nature and all who were involved were outstanding - even those who worked in the pharmacy had to stay late to take care of me

August 17, 2013

I was very disappointed in my appointment and my daughter who is a nurse agreed with me. Yes, I wood like for them to find a cure for retinitis but I would also like to know if there is anything that can help save my vision.

August 12, 2013

I am very fortunate to have whatever eyesight I have remaining in my old age in the hands of Dr. Bernstein. I mentioned, as I was through with my initial treatment, that I felt that I was in "Good Hands". I should have said Excellent Hands.

August 09, 2013

Excellent!

August 08, 2013

PA asked me a question that he should have known. End of day visit and it became rushed. I had to ask if I needed to keep using the eye drops.

August 05, 2013

I wouldn't see anyone other than Dr. Bernstein.

August 05, 2013

The long wait to finally see Dr. Bernstein for a total of maybe five minutes was not acceptable--I had made my appointment several months in advance.

August 05, 2013

I have the highest confidence in Dr. Bernstein. None of these questions relate to how I perceive his skill level nor my level of confidence in the care he provides. For these he would have a 5+ every time!

August 05, 2013

He has too many patients. Given the importance of the research done there and the clinic itself, I will stay with this provider. But the "bedside manner" is not great.

August 03, 2013

wait time inexcusably long

August 02, 2013

All were good

June 18, 2013

Dr. Bernstein was outstanding.

June 17, 2013

Competency: Good. Manners: Not so good. 1) The final procedure was to have taken 45 min beginning at 1:00pm. The Dr. didn't show until about 3:00pm. We finished at 3:15pm. Things happen. But, no explanation was given or apology offered. Nothing was said. The patient will almost always accept the reason given, but say something. Saying nothing confirms that to the Dr. the delay meant nothing, and infers that to the Dr. the patient also means nothing. 2) When the patient's spouse is introduced, shake his/her hand.

June 17, 2013

Dr Ambati did an excellent job. I had no pain and my vision is greatly improved.

June 07, 2013

Maybe he was just having a bad day but Dr. Berstien seemed to be a little more aloof and indifferent than usual. I wish he was a little more engaging. I don't know what questions to ask. Sometimes I feel like cattle being shuffled through.

May 20, 2013

only thing I found wrong was I had to ask questions to get all the information of what I needed to do and not do after the procedure. I am the type that needs it said clearly what ineed to do and not do.

May 08, 2013

Paul is a very good doctor and I have recomended his services to others.

May 03, 2013

I will definitely continue to visit and recommend others as well.

May 03, 2013

Dr. Bernstein and staff are very friendly and proficient, recommend them highly.

April 19, 2013

I feel like my doctor is a good doctor, however, I feel like he didn't spend too much time with me. He just wanted to move on to the next person. Also, I had to have a resident dilate my eyes and then the doctor came in right after and did the same thing. My eyes are very sensitive and it hurt to have that exam done twice in a row.

April 15, 2013

Good experience

April 11, 2013

No response concerning my comments about further loss of peripheral vision. It's an old problem, so I had to assume nothing can be done for this. It concerns me though and would like to know what the future will bring. MD did say all is stable and that is what he is looking for, regarding retinopathy.

April 08, 2013

The Doctor and support Staff were outstanding.

April 01, 2013

Dr. Bernstein is the very best!

March 30, 2013

High quality service!

March 23, 2013

I didn't get an explanation of the results of the dye test and nothing was said about medications. It was "as usual". I have great confidence in Dr. Bernstein and know if there is something I need to know he will tell me. I don't always know the right questions to ask.

March 21, 2013

I have recommended your clinic to other folks. I was very impressed with the professional treatment by all contacted.

March 21, 2013

I have already recommended Dr. Bernstein to others and they have visited and have had good experiences.

March 19, 2013

I have told people about your care and about how good all the people are.

March 15, 2013

I would like to have heard more about the plans the doctor has for my eye or what he thinks are the chances I will see again. (or maybe it's best I don't know at this time?)

March 15, 2013

I would give 4's to the resident and 5's to the doctor.

March 06, 2013

Outstanding!

February 14, 2013

Dr Bernstein is the best. I thank him and the Moran every day for restoring my vision.

February 14, 2013

I will certainly recommend Moran to any and all patients that I come in contact with that may need to be seen in this capacity.

February 12, 2013

GAVE AN HONEST CONCISE EVALUATION OF MY SITUATION

February 12, 2013

He knows his stuff but is not a very sympathetic person. For example, "you will never regain vision in that part of your eye" ... very matter-of-fact, no sympathy. Oh well ...

February 08, 2013

Always Great, new students are better than last year.

February 05, 2013

Doctor B did not do a terrific job of explaining how many treatments and time would/could be involved in returning my vision to normal.

February 03, 2013

GREAT

February 01, 2013

Excellent

January 28, 2013

Would highly recommend this facility as a referral.

January 28, 2013

perhaps the backup of patients had an impact. The physician may feel the outcome of treatment may depend on the next step. I left feeling this was my last choice to fix my sight problem whether or not it worked. I don't want false hope but reality.

January 25, 2013

Dr. Bernstein was perfect. He answered all our concerns and gave excellent directions. Could have not been better in all aspects. The entire staff were very professional and organized.

January 21, 2013

I am so grateful for the care I have received from the doctors at the Moran. Especially from Dr Bernstein. He has explained anything and everything I have asked. ( and often times that was a tall order) But I have never felt less than "important" when in his care.

January 18, 2013

A very informative and courteous staff. The wait to see the Dr.was excessive without explanation for delay.

December 18, 2012

The Dr. is always busy and does take the time to answer questions and talk you through the events. I tend to actually get more info from the other staff members during procedures that help shape my conversation with the Dr. so time with him is minimized, which in my opinion is a good thing. Having a staff who is willing to talk to you about there observations and theories and then using those in dialog with the Dr. is helpful and likely saves time on both parties.

December 10, 2012

very good

December 07, 2012

Good

November 19, 2012

This visit was a follow-up primarily to address additional questions that have arisen since a previous visit. I felt that Dr. Bernstein was much friendlier and willing to listen that he had been on previous visits. I left this visit feeling much better informed and more like a person than I had previously felt. As a result of the general good care and information I have received from all my visits to the Moran Eye Center, I have urged a friend to consider visiting this facility for attention to a long-standing problem with his vision and that of his wife.

November 08, 2012

Dr. Bernstein is very business-like. Although, he seemed very knowledgeable, there is a wish on my part for more warmth in his interactions with patients. There were instances when I felt like an object rather than a person. I suppose that is simply his personality. Humanism is a quality that is much needed and highly desirable in the medical world. I missed it in my visit with Dr. Bernstein.

October 22, 2012

excellent experience

October 15, 2012

He doesn't say much. But others do.

September 29, 2012

Apart from the long wait to see Dr Bernstein, everything else was fine. He is a great Doctor

September 28, 2012

Dr. Bernstein is a fantastic doctor, he has helped me through a lot of eye problems. He is very personable, concerned, and has always given me the best of care. I realize he is in great demand, but I do hope that he will be at that clinic for a long time. I give my thanks for all he has done for me

September 03, 2012

I have already recommended several people to both Dr. Ambati and Dr. Bernstein.

August 31, 2012

Care provider asked a lot of detailed questions and really got specific. I was asked questions that I had never been asked before which I really appreciated. Care provider also gave me feedback about my situation that I have never received before. Care provider was wonderful.

August 22, 2012

He expedited the process for him to see my daughter

August 18, 2012

Dr. Bernstein isn't the most personal Dr. When it came to a particular problem I never fully understood what was going on, but I trusted the Doctor.

August 09, 2012

The Dr and others were great. Although a painful experience and through much double checking I feel they were very thorough and feel positive about the results.

August 03, 2012

Very good.

July 30, 2012

Well done; professional during the visit

July 25, 2012

I waish he could provide more answers regarding my symptoms. But he is an excellent provider.

July 21, 2012

We were impressed with the provider

July 15, 2012

Dr Bernstein is the best!

July 03, 2012

Very business like, dose the injection and little interaction. That's okay because I know his work is top.

June 18, 2012

A bit concerned that more informaton wasn't shared - only gave information that was specifically asked for.

June 14, 2012

DR: BERNSTAIN IS A VERY PROFESSIONAL PERSON WITH ETHICS AND PRINCIPLES. I FEEL COMFORTABLE WHEN HE IS TREATING MY EYE ISSUE AND AS A PERSON.

June 01, 2012

I always have had a good experience with Dr. Bernstein and the med students.

May 04, 2012

I felt the provider was a little rushed. However, it was explained to me that he had been out of the clinic and was trying to catch up with his patients. I would have like a little more time with him.

May 01, 2012

I have confidence in Dr. Bernstein and I'm quite certain it wasn't his fault that I had to wait 2 1/2 hours. However, a mention of concern by him about that fact would have impressed me. I don't really care that much about the personality of the doctors I see, but I've been to other doctors who expressed concern about how long I waited whether it was their fault or not. Also, when he finally came into the examination room he had no idea why I was there and thought I was a new patient even though it was he who examined me on my previous appointment and told me to come back in a month.

April 30, 2012

Dr Bernstein care was excellent

April 23, 2012

I have always had wonderful communication, reassurance, and concern over my condition. , I have left feeling much better than when I arrived for my appointment.

April 17, 2012

i would have like to have received more information on my current statis and a review of what I can continue to do to help my situation.

April 16, 2012

Thank you! Your concern....your patience, your sincerity ...... we cannot thank you enough!

April 06, 2012

Dr. Bernstein may have been too busy for any discussion of my problem.

April 06, 2012

Excellent!!

March 26, 2012

very good

March 23, 2012

I would never go to another Eye Doctor unless it was something that either Dr. Zabriskie or Dr. Berstein could not take care of.

March 23, 2012

As mentioned, the people are great, but I get the feeling that they are being really pushed to see as many patients as possible (not their fault - maybe an executive decision?).

March 20, 2012

Dr. Bernstein inspires confidence. I actually look forward to my appointments.

March 20, 2012

I am disappointed that I have to go back for a third visit because the doctor still isn't sure if there is a tear in the retina. Because of the limited choice of appointment times and the distance from my home, transportation is especially time consuming. The expense of the visits is adding up, and it is quite an uncomfortable exam. However, I have confidence in this care provider and feel that he is giving me the best treatment possible.

March 20, 2012

very good

March 16, 2012

I was treated very well

January 30, 2012

Sorry, but I would never subject anyone to what I experienced. It's not just one bad day. It's two previously appointed dates.

January 23, 2012

good

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Professor
Pharmacology and Toxicology - Adjunct Associate Professor
Board Certification American Board of Ophthalmology
National Board of Medical Examiners

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-6078 John A. Moran Eye Center
Ophthalmology
65 N Mario Capecchi
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Paul S. Bernstein, MD., PhD joined the faculty of the Moran Eye Center of the University of Utah in 1995 where he currently divides his time equally between basic science retina research and a clinical practice devoted to medical and surgical treatment of disease of the retina and vitreous with special emphasis on macular and retinal degenerations. He was promoted to Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in 2007 and awarded an endowed professorship in 2008. He has an adjunct appointment in the University of Utah Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Dr. Bernstein did his undergraduate, MD and PhD training at Harvard University. Highlights of his training at Harvard included a summa cum laude undergraduate degree in chemistry and a PhD thesis entitled the “Biochemistry and Pharmacology of Rhodopsin Regeneration in the Vertebrate Eye” with Dr. Robert Rando of the Department of Pharmacology. His medical degree was from the Division of Health Sciences and Technology, a special joint program between Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After completing twelve years at Harvard, he moved across the country to UCLA where he did a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Dean Bok in retinal cell biology and a residency in Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. He then returned to Harvard for two more years where he did a fellowship in vitreoretinal research and surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Bernstein has authored over eighty peer-reviewed research articles and reviews as well as six book chapters, and he has served as a reviewer for numerous journals, foundations, and institutes. Dr. Bernstein’s current research interests are focused on the biochemistry and biophysics of nutritional interventions against inherited and acquired ocular disorders.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Vitreoretinal Surgery
Fellow
Residency UCLA Medical Center, Jules Stein Eye Institute
Ophthalmology
Resident
Postdoctoral Fellowship UCLA Medical Center, Jules Stein Eye Institute
Cell Biology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Internship New England Deaconess Hospital
Internal Medicine
Intern
Doctoral Training Harvard University
Pharmacology
Ph.D.
Professional Medical Harvard Medical School/MIT - Division of Health Sciences & Technology
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate Harvard University
Chemistry, summa cum laude
A.B.

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