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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 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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Assisted By

  • Brian Yates, 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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