Robert J. Bernasek, M.D., MBA
Chief Medical Officer
Robert J. Bernasek, M.D., MBA relocated to the Golden Isles in 2017 to
become Southeast Georgia Health System’s chief medical officer.
A board-certified internal medicine and hematology physician, he has more
than 20 years of medical leadership experience and will serve as the primary
liaison between the Health System’s medical staff and executive
Most recently Dr. Bernasek served as the chief medical officer at Hilton
Head Regional Healthcare, Hilton Head, S.C. While there he helped champion
a reduction in hospital readmissions, unify hospital leadership’s
strategic vision and prioritize patient safety.
He began his medical career in private practice before joining Bridgeport
Hospital in Bridgeport, Conn., where he served as the medical director
for several hospital affiliated practice groups. He then became the vice
president of medical affairs at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt
Manor, N.Y. Dr. Bernasek helped strengthen physician relationships and
engagement in hospital strategic planning, and led physician efforts focused
on process improvements aimed at enhancing quality of care.
From there, Dr. Bernasek became the chief quality officer and associate
medical director at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, N.Y., where
he directed the hospital’s quality management and performance improvement
activities. He also served as the physician liaison for care management
and documentation improvement activities.
Dr. Bernasek earned his bachelor’s in history from Dartmouth College
in Hanover, N.H., and his medical degree from the University of Kansas
School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kan. He completed an internal medicine
residency at Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, Conn., followed by a hematology
fellowship at Bronx Veterans Administration Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y.
and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, N.Y. Dr. Bernasek also has
a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts,