Nicholas M. Bernthal, MD
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Nicholas M. Bernthal, MD

  • Orthopedic Oncology|
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery|
  • Orthopedic Surgery
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Santa Monica Orthopaedic Surgery | 1225 15th Street, Suite 2100, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Specialties: Orthopaedic Oncology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedics

Dr. Nicholas Bernthal is the Chair and Executive Medical director at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa from Princeton University and received alpha omega alpha honors from Cornell University Medical School. He did his residency at UCLA in orthopaedic surgery and did fellowships in orthopaedic research and musculoskeletal oncology at UCLA and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, respectively. His clinical interests are bone and soft tissue tumors and his NIH-funded laboratory is pioneering new implant coatings to prevent surgical infections. He lives in Mar Vista, CA with his wife, their three kids, and their dogs.

Link to Dr. Bernthal's complete curriculum vitae (CV)




Medical Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2015


Orthopaedic Oncology, Huntsman Cancer Institute, 2013


Orthopaedic Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2012


Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2007


MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2006


Santa Monica

Santa Monica Orthopaedic Surgery

Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgery| Hand Surgery| Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery +8 more specialties

Luskin Orthopaedic Institute for Children - Specialty Clinics

Hospital Affiliations



  1. Federman N, Bernthal N, Eilber F, Tap W. The Multidisciplinary Management of Osteosarcoma. Curr Treat Options in Oncol 2009;10:82-93.
  2. Bernthal N, Schwartz A, Oakes D, Kabo M, Eckardt J. How Long Do Endoprosthetic Reconstructions for Proximal Femoral Tumors Last? Clin Orthop Relat Res 2010;468:2867-70.
  3. Bernthal N, Gamradt S, Kay R, Wren T, Cuomo A, Reid J, Bales J, Otsuka N. Static and Dynamic Gait Parameters Before and After Multilevel Soft Tissue Surgery in Ambulating Children with Cerebral Palsy. J Ped Orthop 2010;30:174-9.
  4. Bernthal N, Stavrakis A, Billi F, Cho J, Kremen T, Simon S, Cheung A, Lieberman J, Finerman G, Adams J, Miller L. A Novel Mouse Model of Post-Arthroplasty Joint Infection to Evaluate in vivo the Efficacy of Antimicrobial Implant Coatings. PLoS One 2010;5:e12580.
  5. Bernthal N, Pribaz J, Stavrakis A, Finerman G, Adams J, Miller L. Protective Role of IL-1B against Post-Arthroplasty Staphylococcus aureus Infection. J Orthop Res 2011;29:1621-6.
  6. Pribaz J, Bernthal N, Stavrakis A, Finerman G, Adams J, Miller L. Mouse Model of Chronic Post-Arthroplasty Infection: Noninvasive in vivo bioluminescence imaging to monitor bacterial burden for long term study. J Orthop Res 2011; doi:10.1002/jor.21519.
  7. Silva M, Wong T, Bernthal N. Outcomes of Reduction More than Seven Days After Injury in Supracondylar Humerus Fractures in Children. Accepted J Ped Orthop 2011;31:751-6.
  8. Bernthal N, Seeger L, Motamedi K, Stavrakis A, Kremen T, McAllister D, Motamedi A. Can the Reparability of Meniscus Tears be Predicted with MRI? Am J Sports Med 2011;39:506-10.
  9. Bernthal N, Hoshino C, Dichter D, Wong, M, Silva M. Assessing Long-Term Range of Motion After Lateral Condyle Fractures in Children. J Bone Joint Surg 2011;93:871-7.
  10. Bernthal N, Celestre P, Stavrakis A, Luddington J, Oakes D. Disappointing Short Term Results with the DePuy ASR™ Metal on Metal Total Hip Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty October 12, 2011.
  11. Kremen T, Bernthal N, Seeger L, Nelson S, Eckardt J. Giant Cell Tumor of Bone: Risk Stratification and Long Term Outcomes. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2012;470:677-83.
  12. Pribaz J, Bernthal N, Dichter D, Wong, M, Silva M. Lateral Spurring After Lateral Condyle Fractures of the Humerus in Children. J Ped Orthop. Sept 2011
  13. Hartzell T, Panday A, Shahbazian J, Girson L, Bernthal N, Benhaim P, Azari K. Range of motion measurements in hand surgery - Should they be used for assessing outcomes? Annals of Plastic Surgery Jan 2012
  14. Bernthal N, Federman N, Eckardt J, Eilber F, Tap W. Long-Term Outcomes (>25 Years) of an Original Chemotherapy Trial for Osteosarcoma. Cancer 2012;118:5888-93.
  15. Silva M, Knutsen A, Kalma J, Borkowski S, Bernthal N, Spencer H, Sangiorgio S, Ebramzadeh E. Supracondylar Humeral Fractures: Evaluation of Multiple Pin Configurations with Emphasis on Medial Column Comminution. J Orthop Trauma Aug 2012
  16. Niska J, Meganck J, Pribaz J, Shahbazian J, Lim E, Zhang N, Rice B, Akin A, Ramos R, Bernthal N, Francis K, Miller L. Monitoring Bacterial Burden, Inflammation and Bone Damage Longitudinally Using Optical and CT Imaging in an Orthopaedic Implant Infection in Mice PLoS ONE 2012;7:e47397.
  17. Monument M, Bernthal N, R Lor Randall. Salient Features of Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Implications for Ewing Sarcoma Modeling. Front Oncol 2013;3:24.
  18. Niska J, Shahbazian J, Ramos R, Francis K, Bernthal N, Miller L. Vancomycin-Rifampin Combination Therapy has Enhanced Efficacy Against an Experimental Staphylococcus aureus Prosthetic Joint Infection. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2013;57:5080-6.
  19. Bernthal N, Jones K, Monument M, Liu T, Viskochil D, Randall R. Lost in Translation: Ambiguity in Nerve Sheath Tumor Nomenclature and Its Resultant Treatment Effect. Cancers 2013;5:519-28.
  20. Hartzell T, Shahbazian J, Pandey A, Stofman L, Rubinstein R, Bernthal N, Azari K, Benhaim P Does the gatekeeper model work in hand surgery? Plast Reconstr Surg 2013 Sep;132(3):381e-6e.
  21. Stavrakis A, Niska J, Loftin A, Billi F, Bernthal N. Understanding Infection: A Primer on Animal Models of Periprosthetic Joint Infection The Scientific World Journal 2013; 925906. doi:10.1155/2013/925906.
  22. Stavrakis A, Niska A, Shahbazian J, Loftin A, Ramos R, Billi F, Francis K, Otto M, Bernthal N., Uslan D, Miller L. Combination Prophylactic Therapy with Rifampin has Increased Efficacy Against an Experimental Staphlococcus epidermidis Subcutaneous Implant-Related Infection. Antimicrob Agents Chemother, 2014; Feb 10.
  23. Bernthal N, Meganeck J, Wang Y, Shahbazian J, Niska J, Francis K, Miller L. Combined in vivo optical and μCT imaging to monitor infection, inflammation and bone anatomy in an orthopaedic implant infection in mice. J Vis Exp 2014 Oct;92.
  24. Bernthal N, Greenberg M, Heberer K, Eckardt J, Fowler E. What are the Functional Outcomes after Endoprosthetic Reconstructions after Tumor Resection? Clin Orthop Relat Res 2014 April
  25. Bernthal N, Monument M, Randall R, Jones K. Rotationplasty: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Oper Tech Orthop 2014;24:103-110.
  26. Monument M, Bernthal N, Bowles A, Jones K, Randall R. What are the 5-Year Survivorship Outcomes of Compressive Endoprosthetic Osseointegration Fixation of the Femur? Clin Orthop Relat Res 2014 June
  27. Bernthal N, Putnam A, Jones K, Viskochil D, Randall R. The Effect of Surgical Margins on Outcomes for Low Grade MPNSTs and Atypical Neurofibroma. J Surg Oncol 2014 Aug;10.1002/jso.23736
  28. Bernthal N, Price S, Monument M, Wilkinson B, Jones K, Randall R. Modified Harrington Reconstructions: A Safe and Effective Method Annals Surg Oncol 2015
  29. Stavrakis A, Loftin A, Lord E, Hu Y, Manegold J, Dworsky E, Scaduto A, Bernthal N. Current Animal Models of Postoperative Spine Infection and Potential Future Advances. Front Med 2015.
  30. Stavrakis A, Patel A, Burke Z, Loftin A, Dworsky E, Silva M, Bernthal N. The Role of Chairman and Research Director in Influencing Scholarly Productivity and Research Funding in Academic Orthopaedic Surgery. J Orthop Res 2015.

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  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2024
  • Super Doctors® Southern California 2022 - 2024
  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2021
  • Faculty Teaching Award, UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 2018
  • Super Doctors®, Southern California 2018
  • American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) American-British-Canadian (ABC) Traveling Fellow 2017
  • Leonard Tow Award for Humanism in Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA 2017
  • Game Changer Award, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) 2017
  • Young Investigator Award, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society Annual Meeting (MSTS) 2016, 2017
  • Dedicated Service Award, Texas Tech University 2017
  • Jeanette Wilkins Award, Musculoskeletal Infection Society (MSIS) 2016
  • Rising Stars, Southern California SuperDoctors® 2014, 2015, 2016
  • First Place, OREF/ORS Pacific Coast Resident Research Symposium 2012
  • Best Paper, UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Academic Day 2012
  • Lloyd Taylor Award, Western Orthopaedic Association 2011
  • OREF Resident Award, California Orthopaedic Association 2011
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation, Longmire Surgical Society 2011
  • June Marshall Award for Contributions in Orthopaedic Research 2010
  • Best Paper, Orthopaedic Hospital Research Day. Los Angeles CA 2009
  • B.H. Kean Award for Public Health – Cornell University Medical College 2006
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, National Honor Society, Cornell University Medical College 2005
  • Magna cum laude, Princeton University, Department of Politics 2002
  • Phi Beta Kappa, National Honor Society, Princeton University 2002
  • Medal of Outstanding Achievement, University of Cape Town, Department of Political Science 2001
  • Thomas Sidwell Award for Overall Contributions to the Community, Sidwell Friends School 1998
  • USA Today High School Football All-American – Honorable Mention 1998