Dr. Charles Bernick has been a pioneer in the research and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in Nevada and nationally. As a physician with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Dr. Bernick has also spearheaded the study of CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, as well as the long-term impact of concussions and repetitive head trauma in contact sports.
Bernick moved to Las Vegas in 1994 to join the then University of Nevada School of Medicine. After his arrival, he soon crafted and implemented a statewide network for Alzheimer’s diseases care. This was not an easy task considering Nevada’s continued diverse spectrum of urban and rural areas, especially in the mid-1990s. Dr. Bernick addressed this through his innovative approach to telemedicine that allowed patients to stay in their community while still receiving specialty brain care via video conference.
Through his continual work on CTE, he has served since 2011 as the principal investigator of Cleveland Clinic’s Professional Fighters Brain Health Study, looking at over 700 active and retired boxers and mixed martial artists. The Nevada State Athletic Commission uses one of the study’s assessments to evaluate its fighters. For this work, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame honored Dr. Bernick in 2014 with a special achievement award.
Dr. Bernick also serves as a member of the UNLV School of Community Health advisory board and on the board of directors of Nevada Senior Services. He also donates his clinical services as a neurology consultant to Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada.