Metro Denver Pain Management Doctor D. Jonathan Bernardini, MD
Dr. Bernardini specializes in comprehensive pain management utilizing both interventional and non-interventional techniques to treat patients suffering with painful conditions. Some of these include headaches, facial pain, neck and back pain, joint and extremity pain, groin and abdominal pain, nerve pain, spinal fractures, cancer pain and chronic post-operative pain, especially following neck, back and orthopedic surgeries. He incorporates multiple different treatment modalities such as medications, physical therapy, mental health services, bracing, basic and advanced interventional procedures, including joint and spine injections, nerve ablation, Kyphoplasty, spinal cord stimulation and implanted pain medication pumps, attempting to start with the most conservative therapies whenever possible.
He works closely with patients suffering from pain and immobility who may be considering invasive orthopedic, spinal and other surgeries as well as those recovering from many different types of surgery. Dr. Bernardini goes to great lengths to understand the cause of a patient’s pain condition in order to make the best recommendation and provide a solution to reduce and eliminate the pain, often working with a patient’s primary physician and other specialists in order to get the best overall outcome and avoid any unnecessary treatments.
After graduation from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he completed an internship in general surgery at UC Davis Medical Center and Travis Air Force Base followed by specialized training in aerospace medicine with the US Air Force. He then served five years as an active duty flight surgeon with two different fighter squadrons, first at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea and then at Aviano Air Base, Italy, where he met his wife. Dr. Bernardini returned to civilian life and completed a residency in anesthesiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School followed by a fellowship in pain medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, one of the oldest and most prestigious pain management training programs.
Dr. Bernardini is one of the few pain management specialists triple board-certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Management by the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. He has special interest in treating cancer pain, vertebral compression fractures and complicated neuropathic pain conditions, including complex regional pain syndrome. He has presented scientific papers at national meetings and has instructed other physicians and surgeons in trialing and implanting spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pain pumps. He lives in the Denver area with his wife and two young children.