Steven J. Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H., is associate dean for clinical affairs in the Medical School, a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Medicine, and a research scientist in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health. He also is an attending physician in the Department of Medicine at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System and a research scientist at the VA Center for Clinical Care Management Research and provides support for the VA’s Quality Enhancement Research Initiative for Diabetes (QUERI-DM), which both are based at the Ann Arbor VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence.
After earning his medical degree from the University of Rochester, Dr. Bernstein completed his internship and a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Subsequently, he continued his training at the University of California, Los Angeles and the RAND Corporation as a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program and received his Master of Public Health degree. He spent one year on sabbatical at the Health Service Research Unit of the Institute de Salud Carlos III in Madrid, Spain, where he studied the appropriateness of use of cardiovascular procedures in Europe. He is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine.
For the past decade, he has focused efforts on improving the quality of care received by Michigan Medicine patients as director of the Faculty Group Practice Quality Management Program. This unit is responsible for measuring and improving institutional compliance with outpatient quality standards and developing chronic disease registries. He also directs UMHS participation in the Physician Group Incentive Program sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Quality Improvement activities related to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) project, and the MiChart (EPIC) Population Management Workgroup.
The Michigan Association of Health Plans awarded Dr. Bernstein and the UMHS a Pinnacle Award for Innovations in Diabetes Care (2006), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected the UMHS asthma program for the National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management (2008).