Bernard R. Bendok, M.D.

  1. Neurosurgeon
  2. Chair, Neurosurgery, Arizona
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When it came to choosing a career, for me there was nothing like brain surgery. My name is Bernard Bendok, I'm chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. We are entrusted with the most important piece of tissue — it's about the size of a football — in the universe. And that piece of tissue called the human brain, carries a person's humanity. So it's a sacred piece of tissue that we have to protect. And for me to be able to use my mental skills, my manual skills, my techniques, and also my compassion and empathy, bring that all together in one package, that's really what drew me to the field initially and what sustained my career thus far. Conveying the message that I care is probably the most important thing. I'm trying to understand, who is this person as a human being, what makes them happy, what makes them human, and how can I protect that, how can I potentially enhance that.

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  1. Carotid angioplasty and stenting
  2. Endarterectomy
  3. Microvascular surgery
  4. Minimally invasive surgery
  5. Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Brain arteriovenous malformations  
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Brain tumors
  • Skull base tumors
  • Meningiomas
  • Cavernomas
  • Moyamoya disease and brain bypass surgery
  • Carotid stenosis, stenting, and endarterectomy
  • Spinal cord tumors and vascular malformations
  • Microsurgery, interventional surgery and radiosurgery
  • Precision medicine and patient specific simulation 
  1. 2012
    MS - Clinical InvestigationNorthwestern University
  2. 2002
    Fellow - Neuroendovascular SurgeryDepartment of Neurological Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo
  3. 2001
    ResidentDepartment of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  4. 2000
    Fellow - Neuroendovascular SurgeryDepartment of Radiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  5. 1996
    Internship - SurgeryDepartment of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  6. 1995
    MDNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  7. 1991
    BS - Biology Honors ProgramWayne State University

Certifications

  1. 2005
    Neurological SurgeryAmerican Board of Neurological Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2019
    Poster of DistinctionNorth American Skull Base Society 29th Annual Meeting
  2. 2019
    2019 Regional Top Doctor - PhoenixCastle Connolly Medical Ltd.
  3. 2015
    Keegan LectureUniversity of Nebraska
  4. 2013
    Visiting ProfessorshipDepartment of Neurological Surgery, Capital Institute for Neurosciences
  5. 2012
    Humanitarian of the Year AwardPhoenician Club
  6. 2012
    2012 PROSE AwardAssociation of American Publishers
  7. 2010
    Top Ten Abstracts: Cerebrovascular Section60th Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting
  8. 2010
    The Diana Tamari Sabbagha Endowed LectureXLIII Middle East Medical Assembly
  9. 2010
    Visiting ProfessorshipDepartment of Neurological Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical School
  10. 2010
    Patients' Choice AwardVitals.com
  11. 2010
    Compassionate Doctor RecognitionVitals.com
  12. 2009
    Visiting ProfessorshipDepartment of Neurological Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo
  13. 2009
    NominationWho's Who Among Executives and Professionals
  14. 2008
    Abstract/Poster Presentation - Winner 3rd PlaceFourth Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day, Northwestern University School of Medicine
  15. 2008
    Grant RecipientBrain Aneurysm Foundation
  16. 2008
    Patient's Choice AwardVitals.com
  17. 2005
    Visiting ProfessorshipNeurological Surgery Department, Wayne State University
  18. 2005
    Visiting ProfessorshipDepartment of Neurosurgery, University of Kansas Medical Center
  19. 2005
    Searle Fellows ProgramSearle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University
  20. 2004
    Who's Who in Medicine and HealthcareMarquis Who's Who
  21. 2001
    MemberAlpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  22. 2001
    Mullan Neuroendovascular Surgery FellowAANS/CNS Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery
  23. 1991
    Summa Cum LaudeWayne State University
  24. 1987
    Merit ScholarshipWayne State University
  25. 1987
    Biology Honors ProgramWayne State University

Professional memberships

  1. 2020
    MemberAANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  2. 2020
    MemberAmerican Academy of Neurological Surgery
  3. 2020
    MemberAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  4. 2020
    MemberAmerican College of Surgeons
  5. 2020
    MemberBrain Aneurysm Foundation
  6. 2020
    MemberChicago Neurological Society
  7. 2020
    MemberCongress of Neurological Surgeons
  8. 2020
    MemberEndovascular Neurosurgery Research Group
  9. 2020
    MemberIllinois State Neurosurgical Society
  10. 2020
    MemberNeurosurgical Society of America
  11. 2020
    MemberSociety of NeuroInterventional Surgery
  12. 2020
    MemberWorld Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
  13. 2019
    Guest ExaminerAmerican Board of Neurological Surgeons
  14. 2019
    Case Log ReviewerAmerican Board of Neurological Surgeons
  15. 2019 - present
    ExaminerAmerican Board of Neurological Surgery
  16. 2018
    Guest ExaminerAmerican Board of Neurological Surgeons
  17. 2018
    Guest ExaminerAmerican Board of Neurological Surgeons
  18. 2018
    Oral Board ExaminerAmerican Board of Neurological Surgery
  19. 2018
    Guest ExaminerAmerican Board of Neurological Surgeons
  20. 2018
    Guest ExaminerAmerican Board of Neurological Surgeons
  21. 2018
    Cerebrovascular Abstract ReviewerAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting 2018
  22. 2018
    Case Log ReviewerAmerican Board of Neurological Surgeons
  23. 2017
    Guest ExaminerAmerican Board of Neurological Surgeons
  24. 2017 - present
    Active MemberThe Society of Neurological Surgeons
  25. 2017 - present
    ChairAmerican Academy of Neurological Surgeons - Auditing Committee
  26. 2016 - 2017
    MemberAmerican Academy of Neurological Surgeons - Auditing Committee
  27. 2016 - present
    ScholarAmerican Board of Neurological Surgery
  28. 2015 - present
    MemberCancer Center Executive Committee
  29. 2015 - present
    MemberSociety of Neurological Surgeons, Medical Student Education Committee
  30. 2014 - 2017
    MemberPublic Relations Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  31. 2014
    MemberEleanor Wood-Prince Grants Initiative Review Committee, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  32. 2013 - 2014
    Vice ChairInnovation & Technology, Department of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University
  33. 2013 - 2014
    MemberNorthwest Memorial Foundation Cerebrovascular Advisory Council, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  34. 2013 - 2014
    MemberExtramural Subspecialty Item Writing Committee, American Board of Neurological Surgery
  35. 2013
    MemberEleanor Wood-Prince Grants Initiative Review Committee, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  36. 2013 - present
    ChairCerebrovascular Joint Section Curriculum Development & Education Committee, American Academy of Neurological Surgery
  37. 2013 - present
    PresidentWorld Association of Lebanese Neurosurgeons
  38. 2012 - 2015
    Member at LargeAANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  39. 2012 - 2014
    Advisory Board MemberDixon Translational Research Committee, Northwestern University
  40. 2012 - 2014
    MentorNUvention, Northwestern University
  41. 2012 - 2014
    MemberEducation and Practice Management Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  42. 2012 - 2014
    Member at LargeSurgeons Executive Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  43. 2012 - 2013
    MemberNeurology Chair Search Committee, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  44. 2012
    FellowStroke Council, American Heart Association
  45. 2012
    Member2012 Scientific Planning Committee, Child Neurology Society
  46. 2012
    MemberCerebrovascular Complications Conference Committee, AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  47. 2012
    Abstract Reviewer2012 Annual Meeting, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  48. 2012 - present
    ChairEducational Live Webinar Program, Neurosurgery Department, CNS University
  49. 2012 - present
    Elected MemberNeurosurgical Society of America
  50. 2012 - present
    MemberMedical Advisory Board, Brain Aneurysm Foundation
  51. 2011 - 2012
    MemberQuality Management Committee, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  52. 2011
    FellowAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  53. 2011
    OrganizerUniversity Webinar Series, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  54. 2011
    Abstract Reviewer2011 Annual Meeting, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  55. 2011 - present
    MemberEducation Steering Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  56. 2010 - 2014
    ChairResident Research Award Committee, Department of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  57. 2010 - 2012
    Abstract ReviewerSubcommittee on Vascular Malformations, Annual International Stroke Conference, American Heart Association
  58. 2010
    Abstract Reviewer2010 Annual Meeting, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  59. 2010
    Abstract ReviewerOriginal Science Program, 2010 Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  60. 2010 - present
    Abstract Reviewer2011 Annual Meeting, Annual International Stroke Conference, American Heart Association
  61. 2009 - 2014
    ReviewerMedical Student Summer Research Program, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  62. 2009 - 2014
    Co-ChairStroke Quality Management Committee, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  63. 2009 - 2014
    MemberScholastic Achievement Committee, Department of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  64. 2009 - 2011
    MemberInternational Committee, Neurosurgical Society of America
  65. 2009 - 2010
    ChairLuncheon Seminars Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  66. 2009
    MemberHost Committee, 2009 Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  67. 2009
    MemberPlanning Committee, First Annual Cerebrovascular Complications Conference, AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section
  68. 2008
    Faculty MemberGoodman Oral Board Course, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  69. 2008 - 2011
    MemberProfessional Liability Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  70. 2008 - 2009
    Abstract Reviewer2009 Annual Meeting, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  71. 2008 - 2009
    Vice ChairIntegrated Medical Learning Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  72. 2008
    FellowAmerican College of Surgeons
  73. 2008
    Grant ReviewerNational Medical Research Council (Singapore)
  74. 2008 - present
    ChairVascular Neurosurgery Department, CNS University, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  75. 2008 - present
    MemberEducation Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  76. 2008 - present
    MemberScientific Program Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  77. 2007 - 2008
    MemberNeurosciences Planning Team, Joint Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  78. 2007 - 2008
    Abstract Reviewer2008 Annual Meeting, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  79. 2007 - 2008
    MemberAbstract Selection Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  80. 2007 - 2008
    MemberScientific Committee, First Annual Cerebrovascular Complications Conference, AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section
  81. 2007 - 2008
    RepresentativeIntegrated Medical Learning (IML) Vascular Section, 2008 Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  82. 2007 - 2008
    RepresentativeCerebrovascular Section, 2008 Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  83. 2007 - 2008
    Co-ChairScientific Program, 2008 Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  84. 2007 - 2008
    Co-EditorNeuroWIKI, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  85. 2007 - present
    MemberDomestic Fellowships Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  86. 2007 - present
    MemberInternational Fellowships Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  87. 2006
    Faculty MemberOral Board Preparation Course, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  88. 2006 - 2014
    MemberEducation Committee, Department of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  89. 2006 - 2012
    ChairData Safety and Monitoring Board Committee, Northwestern University
  90. 2006
    ReviewerGrant Application, Health Research Board of Ireland
  91. 2005 - 2006
    ProctorCarotid Stent Proctor Program, Guidant Corporation
  92. 2005 - present
    MemberCommittee for Cerebrovascular Curriculum and Education Development, AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  93. 2005 - present
    MemberExecutive Council, AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  94. 2004
    ProctorCarotid Artery Stent Education System (CASES), Cordis Corporation
  95. 2004 - 2014
    MemberMedical Student Research Committee, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  96. 2004 - 2011
    MemberOPRS/IRB Advisory Committee, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  97. 2004 - 2007
    MemberPublic Relations Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  98. 2004
    Co-ChairmanPoster Session Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  99. 2004 - present
    MentorResident Mentoring Program, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  100. 2002
    MemberSergeant at Arms Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  101. 2000
    MemberSergeant at Arms Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  102. 1998
    MemberSergeant at Arms Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons

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Research activities

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