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Thomas L. Bernasek, M.D.

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Even after many years as a surgeon, I remain fascinated by the scientific, mechanical, and technical aspects of hip and knee joint design, function, and surgery.

Dr. Bernasek is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and fellowship trained in adult reconstruction.  Prior to becoming a founding member of Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Dr. Bernasek received his medical training at the Creighton University College of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, and completed his orthopedic residency training at the University of New Mexico. After residency, Dr. Bernasek completed a fellowship in joint replacement and adult reconstruction at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

He is known nationally and internationally as an expert in joint replacement with vast experience in total hip and knee replacement. His articles have been published in numerous professional journals, and he has presented research papers and lectured at medical conferences on the national and international level for over a decade. He maintains active involvement in numerous orthopedic research and development projects and has served as an Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.  Dr. Bernasek served as the President of Hillsborough County Medical Association.

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Terrific. Rare combo of a great doctor and a great human. My wife is going to have him do her hips, so that’s a pretty strong referral.

Dr. Tom H.

His expertise, dedication, and passion to his profession and patients are the # 1 reason he ranks as one of the best orthopedic surgeons here in the Tampa Bay Area.

Diane B.

Dr. Bernasek is a top-notch orthopedic surgeon, and he has a delightful and engaging personality. He always listens intently and provides insightful feedback. I had a total hip replacement in 2008 as a relatively young patient and had an excellent recovery thereafter. When I have flare-ups, he provides an injection that is truly magical in relieving my hip bursitis.

Karla A.

Very kind and engaging – I truly felt like I was the only patient he was taking care of today. Very professional, very bright, thorough, and just a very nice man. I am a nurse practitioner, and his advice was personalized to me. If you cannot tell, I highly recommend Dr. Bernasek!

Dawn B.

Service was good. The hang-up was in x-ray. The lobby was extremely full…was told it’s like that on Wednesdays. Otherwise, very professional. Thank you all for your service.

Annette M.

Every time I visit the doctor, the outcome is always positive. Very professional and also very caring about what is going on with me and my knee. Looking forward to my next visit.

Al D.

Dr. Bernasek and Dr. Workman were professional and efficient and listened carefully to everything I discussed. Their action plan was everything I expected and more. The office staff was helpful, friendly, and quite efficient.

Olga O.

Dr. Bernasek gave me a very positive outlook for my coming surgery. I would like to thank Kathy for supplying me with the necessary products for home use. I would highly recommend this team. Looking forward to a better quality of life.

Rosalie B.

The staff was polite, courteous, and seemed happy. The service I received was very important to me. Dr. Bernasek explained my X-rays to me in a way that I clearly understood what I was looking at. Also, his promptness was noted, and he answered any questions I had. I was very pleased with the care I received today.

Phyllis B.

My knees had needed to be replaced for approximately 20 years, but because of my age, all the surgeons said I was too young. Instead, I was getting injections, pain meds and surgeries that would ‘buy me time’ until I was old enough. Between both knees, that was 13 surgeries. Dr. Bernasek instead looked at the quality of my life. I couldn’t walk long distances. I had almost been severely injured several times by the knees giving out. After he replaced both knees, and I was diligent in my physical therapy, I can say that he gave me my life back. He is kind, caring and a great surgeon. I haven’t had any trouble at all with them. Thank you, Dr. Bernasek and Brian!

Carrie R.

The best surgeon! Brian Yates, his PA, is absolutely great. The two of them have gotten me through both knees, hip revision and broken femur recovery. They are both compassionate and highly skilled. I would trust them both with my life!!!

Bonnie K.

I had both of my knees replaced by Dr. Bernasek at the same time quite a few years ago. He was wonderful. Great bedside manner. Showed concern and appreciated my concerns. I had no pain whatsoever following the surgery. His whole staff is truly an asset to FOI and my appreciation goes out to everyone involved. Thanks, Dr. B for a great surgery!

Veronica B.

Excellent doctor. Replaced my wife’s knee with great results. Walking and dancing with no pain now.

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I had bilateral knee replacement 2 years ago. Dr Bernasek and his staff were amazing and very informative. I had an excellent outcome and am so grateful I found this doctor. I live in Punta Gorda but this doctor is worth the drive.


Dr. Bernasek is a great surgeon. He did a hip replacement some years ago and I have been able to walk normally ever since. Never had any problems at all.

Mario C.

The staff was very kind, caring and patient. Front desk representative, Pooja was most helpful and was concerned about helping with my issues. I also appreciate Jessica, the medical assistant, for her caring attitude. It was a pleasure to have all these skilled medical personnel with a caring concern helping me out. Thank you, Dr. Bernasek. Your staff is second to none.

Healthgrades Review

I can not say enough positive things about Dr. Bernasek. He replaced my hip and everything went great. His bedside manner is just wonderful. His PA’s are great too.

Healthgrades Review

Dr. Bernasek takes time to listen and understands my issues, which are somewhat complex. Jessica Ruth, his assistant is outstanding at providing customer service. Would recommend highly.

Michael H.

All I can say is that it was amazing. Very little pain and I am walking a million times better!

Lorraine D.

Highly recommend Dr. Bernasek for knee and hip replacements! I had a bilateral knee replacement and just had my annual follow up! I can’t tell you how happy I am to be able to live life again! Also a big shout out to PA Brian Yates! Love the boots!

Shawn D.

Love Dr. Bernasek and end everyone that I met. Dr. Bernasek explained everything to me and did not rush through anything. He made sure I knew everything that was wrong.

RateMDs Review

I am 2 weeks post op from my left total hip arthroplasty/replacement. I would have NEVER thought I would be out of the hospital in 2 days! Dr. Bernasek’s approach to the surgery was fantastic. I am so happy with the skill and expertise that Dr. Bernasek has. He has a great team behind him from the nurses, physician assistant Brian, to the fellows and residents at the hospital. I myself am an operating room nurse and I can see that Dr. Bernasek runs a tight ship at Tampa General Hospital! Everyone knows what their job is and they do it with precision, skill, and care. I am doing much better than I ever imagined and I am thankful to Dr. Bernasek for my new hip. And when it comes time for my right hip to be replaced, I know where I will go.

Christine F.

I researched doctors and facilities when I realized that I needed two knee replacements.  Researched on the computer, friends experiences, calling offices, etc. led me to Florida Orthopaedic Institute and Dr. Bernasek. My surgery was excellent, actually quite amazing. My knee is good and scars are minimal. I would highly recommend this organization. So much so that my second knee surgery is scheduled in October!

Linda D.

I would like to give major kudos to Jessica, Dr. Bernasek’s assistant. Her caring manner and sweet personality helped to relieve my stress and put me at ease. Each time I called she returned my call in a timely manner and even though that’s her job, she did it with love and humor.  What a pleasure to know her.  Florida Orthopaedic Institute and Dr. Bernasek should be proud to have her as an asset to their staff. I also work in the medical field so I know what it means to work with heart.

Colleen B.

My story is not unique, but I am so grateful for Dr. Bernasek and his staff, that I feel the need to share it! Knee replacement for me was delayed for 30+ years (my choice).  All the knee replacement horror stories convinced me that the procedure would be a nightmare.  For some reason retiring to Florida in May of 2017 convinced me that my quality of life was important and knee surgery for me was a necessity.  At 69 years of age staying mobile and active was important and finding Florida Orthopaedic Institute changed my life! Dr. Bernasek performed my total knee replacement surgery on January 16, 2018.  Preparing for the actual date involved incredible scheduling and planning on the part of Dr. Bernasek’s staff and the personnel at Tampa General Hospital, both before and after the procedure.  The level of professionalism on all levels provided me with the confidence to move forward. My recovery has been remarkable.  As of this date, February 16, 2018, I am walking unassisted and without pain.   Bring on the next 30+ years!


Barb F.

The care I have received under Dr. Bernasek has been excellent, far better than I anticipated. I do not dread appointments there, as I do with some other providers. Altogether, a highly professional office!


Dr. Bernasek did my hip replacement. He did a great job. I would recommend him to everybody I know.

Rate MDs Review

Dr. Bernasek replaced both my knees and has been my doctor for over 10 years. All the doctors at FOI are the top in their field. Incredible care, knowledge and experience.

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I had a hip replacement with Dr. Bernasek  last year. My hip is doing very well. He, as always did a great service for me and others.

Tamara K.

On Ocotber 5th, 2004, I had a revised hip replacement at the Tampa General Hospital, Dr. Thomas Bernasek, performed the procedure, I could not asked for the surgery to go any better, he is the best specialist for hip replacement. I recovered fast. It was a blessing to have Dr. Bernasek as my surgeon. I’m always grateful for life with him. I’m able to walk pain free, I can do everything, go to the gym, work, remarried and have a normal life. I don’t even remember that I have a hip replacement, I’m a very active individual nothing stops me. I’m a devoted patient. Thank you Dr. Bernasek for your commitment to your patients and your dedication. Grateful for life.

Ana B.

I am an older athlete with a left hip replacement. I developed calcium deposits in my leg muscles. My hip replacement was not performed by Dr. Bernasek however whenever I feel the calcium deposits in my muscles are bothersome, I call Dr. Bernasek. He has amazing bedside manners and greeted me with a smile and a concern for my pain regardless of the fact he did not do the surgery. He has helped me tremendously get through some painful and frustrating medical challenges with my hip. I actually saw him today and he greeted me with a smile and was thorough to explain my condition. I live approximately 200 miles round trip by car and would never think of going anywhere else again.
There have been times when I have exercised too hard and have annoyed my condition. On many of these occasions I needed help quickly and have spoken with Jessica Ruth, the Medical Assistant. I have been to many medical facilities, one of the best in the country and have never had an opportunity to meet such a dedicated, and patient supportive professional as Jessica. She really cares about patients, new or existing, and I realize that as great as Dr B. is, it takes a supportive team to make the leader GREAT. Without her I am not sure Florida Orthopedic would have the stellar reputation it does and deserves. I do hope her management team of Doctors compensate her properly for all the “Herculean Efforts” she contributes to the Institute. I would also like to single out Maria Rollins. She is another amazing and talented individual who has also helped me when I was in pain and required an appointment. She is so calm, and dedicated to supporting her patients.
In summary, I am blessed to be privileged to have such a reputable and state of the art medical institute just a few hours from me.
Thank you Dr. Bernasek, Jessica, and Maria for all you do.


Salvatore G.

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  • Afshin Noori, PA-C
  • Mauricio Polanco, PA-C


  • Fellowship, Adult Reconstruction, Mayo Clinic
  • Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, The University of New Mexico
  • Medical Degree, Creighton University School of Medicine

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