Joe D. Bernard, Jr., MD | CNSA Physician | Neurosurgeon in Charlotte North Carolina

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Joe D. Bernard, Jr., MD


  • Spine Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Functional Neurosurgery
  • Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology
  • Cerebrovascular Surgery

Special Interests

  • Neuroendovascular Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Cerebrovascular Surgery
  • Carotid & Vertebral Dissections
  • Fibromuscular Dysplasia
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Neurointerventional Surgery
  • Spinal Neuro-Modulation
  • Endovascular Treatment and Prevention of Stroke


Dr. Joe Bernard, a neurosurgeon at Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates (CNSA), brings deep clinical expertise in adult and pediatric Neuro-Endovascular Surgery / Interventional Neuroradiology to his practice. Dr. Bernard's journey with CNSA began in 2000, driven by a commitment to patient care and a deep-rooted passion for neurosurgery. With a wealth of clinical experience, he enriches the team with his specialized knowledge and skill set. In addition to his experience in Neuro-Intervention, Dr. Bernard specializes in minimally invasive treatments and surgical management of various spine disorders, including artificial disc procedures, spinal cord stimulation, and restorative interventions.

Central to Dr. Bernard's philosophy is the importance of patient well-being. He approaches each case with dedication, taking the time to attentively listen to his patients' concerns, explain their conditions, and explore all available treatment avenues. Dr. Bernard champions a patient-centered approach, empowering individuals to actively participate in their healthcare decisions.

Beyond his clinical practice, Dr. Bernard is invested in advancing neurosurgical techniques and technology. He is actively involved in educating future generations of neurosurgeons, fostering an environment of continuous learning and growth. His research endeavors in interventional neuroradiology further contribute to the advancement of the field.

Dr. Bernard's professional ethos extends beyond clinical excellence; he values the peer-to-peer trust within the practice, cherishes the camaraderie among colleagues, and considers some fellow physicians his closest friends. This sense of community fosters a supportive environment where collaboration thrives at CNSA.

Outside of the operating room, Dr. Bernard enjoys spending quality time with his wife and adult children. He is also an avid boater and golfer!


Residency & Internship - University of Tennessee, Memphis

Medical School - University of Louisville School of Medicine

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Director of Neurointerventional Services
  • Chairman of Perioperative Leadership Committee at Carolinas Medical Center
  • Society of Neurointerventional Surgery (SNIS)
  • Cerebro-Vascular Section of CNS & AANS



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