Nicole P Bernal

Nicole P. Bernal, MD


Trauma Surgery, General Surgery

Clinical Interests

Infrared laser spectroscopy diagnosis of burns, International medicine, Pediatric trauma, Research to improve burn wound healing

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  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care [Surgery]
  • English
Medical School
Case Western Reserve University
St. Louis University HospitalGeneral Surgery
St. Louis University HospitalGeneral Surgery
Children's Hospital of WisconsinSurgical Critical Care
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical CenterPediatric Surgery Research
University of Iowa Health CareBurn Surgery
Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor — Department of Surgery, UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • Fellow — American College of Surgeons
Awards and Recognition
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association — 2017-2020
More Information

Nicole P. Bernal, MD, is a board-certified UCI Health surgeon who specializes in critical care and burn surgery.

Bernal has expertise with skin grafts, wound reconstruction and critical care management for patients with traumatic, acute thermal, chemical and electrical injuries, as well as those with burn-related complications, such as scar contractures and hypertrophic scarring. In her general surgery practice, she performs many laparoscopic procedures, including cholecystectomy, appendectomy and hernia repair, as well as intestinal surgeries.

Bernal received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, followed by a general surgery residency at Saint Louis University Hospital. She completed a two-year pediatric surgery fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, followed by fellowship training in surgical critical care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and a fellowship in burn surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Her research interests include using laser imaging for early determination of burn depth and the development of treatment strategies to prevent severe burn complications.

Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Burn surgery
  • Critical care surgery

UCI Health Surgery Services
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Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7890
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