Dr. Bernus was born in Girona (Catalonia, Spain) and first came to the United States at age 16 as a high school exchange student. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in molecular and cell biology. She began medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara under the Fifth Pathway Program, completing her medical degree at the New York Medical College in 2001. She received her Medical Degree (MD) from the State of New York. Dr. Bernus completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in 2004. She completed her pediatric cardiology fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital in Denver where she remained as an instructor in the Department of Pediatric Cardiology. Her clinical interest during fellowship was in pulmonary hypertension. She is an active member of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
Dr. Bernus moved back to California in 2007 to join Loma Linda University Medical Center staff as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Cardiology. Her work focuses on pulmonary hypertension from the newborn to the adult congenital patient. She is also involved in non-invasive cardiology, echocardiography, and CICU/postoperative care.
Dr. Bernus is an active member of Heart Care International and Surgeon’s of Hope, with whom she has done several missions to Africa, Central and South America providing cardiac care to children. Dr. Bernus moved to the Tampa Bay area in the summer of 2009 when she joined Pediatric Cardiology Associates. She resides in Tampa with her husband and 4 year old son.
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