Tim Bernard, MD
Professor, Pediatrics-Neurology

Medical School:
  • MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (2001)
Graduate School :
  • MSCS, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2013)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Middlebury College (VT) (1994)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (2002)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Child Neurology (2006)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neurology

Professional Titles

  • Director, Colorado Pediatric Stroke Program
  • Professor of Pediatrics (Child Neurology) and Neurology
  • Interim Co-Chair, Section of Child Neurology

Recognition & Awards

  • 5280 Top Doc, 5280 Magazine (2020)
    Selected as one of 87 top specialist in the Denver Metro Area by peer voting. 5280 Magazine
  • Patient-family Experience Award (5 star), Children's Hospital Colorado (2019)
  • 5280 Top Doc, 5280 Magazine (2017)
    Physicians are selected based on the result of an extensive, confidential peer-review process
  • 5280 Top Doc, 5280 Magazine (2016)
    Selected as one of 87 top specialist in the Denver Metro Area by peer voting. 5280 Magazine
  • Golden Stethoscope Award, University of Colorado (2016)
    Awardee, Golden Stethoscope Banquet, in recognition for excellence in clinical education.
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors in America (2015)
    Physicians are selected based on the result of an extensive, confidential peer-review process

Research Interests

I study children with stroke, and try to understand the mechanisms behind why children have strokes. Specifically, I investigate the potential of hypercoagulable and inflammatory biomarkers in prognosticating outcome and recurrence in childhood-onset arterial ischemic stroke.


  • Site Director (CHCO), Vascular Fellowship (2020)
    School of Medicine, Neurology
  • Bedside teacher, child neurology (2020)
    School of Medicine, Pediatrics


  • Beslow LA, Linds AB, Fox CK, Kossorotoff M, Zuñiga Zambrano YC, Hernández-Chávez M, Hassanein SMA, Byrne S, Lim M, Maduaka N, Zafeiriou D, Dowling MM, Felling RJ, Rafay MF, Lehman LL, Noetzel MJ, Bernard TJ, Dlamini N. Pediatric Ischemic Stroke: An Infrequent Complication of SARS-CoV-2. Ann Neurol. 2020 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33332607
  • Roach ES, Bernard T, deVeber G. Defining a Pediatric Stroke Center. Pediatr Neurol. 2020 Nov;112:11-13. PubMed PMID: 32835896
  • Rafay MF, Shapiro KA, Surmava AM, deVeber GA, Kirton A, Fullerton HJ, Amlie-Lefond C, Weschke B, Dlamini N, Carpenter JL, Mackay MT, Rivkin M, Linds A, Bernard TJ. Spectrum of cerebral arteriopathies in children with arterial ischemic stroke. Neurology. 2020 Jun 9;94(23):e2479-e2490. PubMed PMID: 32457211
  • Felling RJ, Rafay MF, Bernard TJ, Carpenter JL, Dlamini N, Hassanein SMA, Jordan LC, Noetzel MJ, Rivkin MJ, Shapiro KA, Slim M, deVeber G. Predicting Recovery and Outcome after Pediatric Stroke: Results from the International Pediatric Stroke Study. Ann Neurol. 2020 Jun;87(6):840-852. PubMed PMID: 32215969
  • Troy E, Sillau S, Bernard TJ, Rao S. Incidence and Clinical Outcomes of Streptococcus anginosus in Acute Complicated Sinusitis: A Pediatric Cohort. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 Jan 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31925948
  • Barry M, Hallam DK, Bernard TJ, Amlie-Lefond C. What is the Role of Mechanical Thrombectomy in Childhood Stroke?. Pediatr Neurol. 2019 Jun;95:19-25. PubMed PMID: 30795888
  • Ferriero DM, Fullerton HJ, Bernard TJ, Billinghurst L, Daniels SR, DeBaun MR, deVeber G, Ichord RN, Jordan LC, Massicotte P, Meldau J, Roach ES, Smith ER. Management of Stroke in Neonates and Children: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke. 2019 Mar;50(3):e51-e96. PubMed PMID: 30686119
  • Ritchey Z, Mirsky DM, Weitzenkamp D, Bernard TJ, Herson PS, Stence NV. Age-associated hippocampal volume changes in childhood arterial ischemic stroke. Childs Nerv Syst. 2019 Feb;35(2):295-300. PubMed PMID: 30535770
  • Orfila JE, Grewal H, Dietz RM, Strnad F, Shimizu T, Moreno M, Schroeder C, Yonchek J, Rodgers KM, Dingman A, Bernard TJ, Quillinan N, Macklin WB, Traystman RJ, Herson PS. Delayed inhibition of tonic inhibition enhances functional recovery following experimental ischemic stroke. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2019 Jun;39(6):1005-1014. PubMed PMID: 29283314
  • Fullerton HJ, Stence N, Hills NK, Jiang B, Amlie-Lefond C, Bernard TJ, Friedman NR, Ichord R, Mackay MT, Rafay MF, Chabrier S, Steinlin M, Elkind MSV, deVeber GA, Wintermark M. Focal Cerebral Arteriopathy of Childhood: Novel Severity Score and Natural History. Stroke. 2018 Nov;49(11):2590-2596. PubMed PMID: 30355212
  • Baird LC, Smith ER, Ichord R, Piccoli DA, Bernard TJ, Spinner NB, Scott RM, Kamath BM. Moyamoya Syndrome Associated with Alagille Syndrome: Outcome after Surgical Revascularization. J Pediatr. 2014 Oct 30. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25465847
  • Wintermark M, Hills NK, deVeber GA, Barkovich AJ, Elkind MS, Sear K, Zhu G, Leiva-Salinas C, Hou Q, Dowling MM, Bernard TJ, Friedman NR, Ichord RN, Fullerton HJ, VIPS Investigators. Arteriopathy diagnosis in childhood arterial ischemic stroke: results of the vascular effects of infection in pediatric stroke study. Stroke. 2014 Dec;45(12):3597-605. PubMed PMID: 25388419
  • Goldenberg NA, Everett AD, Graham D, Bernard TJ, Nowak-Göttl U. Proteomic and other mass spectrometry based "omics" biomarker discovery and validation in pediatric venous thromboembolism and arterial ischemic stroke: current state, unmet needs, and future directions. Proteomics Clin Appl. 2014 Dec;8(11-12):828-36. PubMed PMID: 25379629
  • Goldenberg NA, Bernard TJ, Hillhouse J, Armstrong-Wells J, Galinkin J, Knapp-Clevenger R, Jacobson L, Marcovina SM, Manco-Johnson MJ. Elevated lipoprotein (a), small apolipoprotein (a), and the risk of arterial ischemic stroke in North American children. Haematologica. 2013 May;98(5):802-7. PubMed PMID: 23349301
  • Lambers M, Goldenberg NA, Kenet G, Kirkham FJ, Manner D, Bernard T, Mesters RM, Junker R, Stoll M, Nowak-Göttl U. Role of reduced ADAMTS13 in arterial ischemic stroke: a pediatric cohort study. Ann Neurol. 2013 Jan;73(1):58-64. PubMed PMID: 23225307
  • Goldenberg NA, Jenkins S, Jack J, Armstrong-Wells J, Fenton LZ, Stence NV, Oleszek J, Boada R, Wilkening GN, Wilkinson C, Soep JB, Miyamoto SD, Bajaj L, Mourani PM, Manco-Johnson MJ, Bernard TJ. Arteriopathy, D-Dimer, and Risk of Poor Neurologic Outcome in Childhood-Onset Arterial Ischemic Stroke. J Pediatr. 2012 Dec 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23260102
  • Pearson V, Ruzas C, Krebs NF, Goldenberg NA, Manco-Johnson MJ, Bernard TJ. Overweight and Obesity Are Increased in Childhood-Onset Cerebrovascular Disease. J Child Neurol. 2012 May 30. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22647484
  • Kedia S, Stence N, Manco-Johnson M, Armstrong-Wells J, Bernard TJ. Late cytotoxic edema in 2 children with hemiplegia: hemiplegic migraine or stroke?. Headache. 2012 Apr;52(4):674-8. PubMed PMID: 22404149
  • Bernard TJ, Manco-Johnson MJ, Lo W, MacKay MT, Ganesan V, DeVeber G, Goldenberg NA, Armstrong-Wells J, Dowling MM, Roach ES, Tripputi M, Fullerton HJ, Furie KL, Benseler SM, Jordan LC, Kirton A, Ichord R. Towards a consensus-based classification of childhood arterial ischemic stroke. Stroke. 2012 Feb;43(2):371-7. PubMed PMID: 22156694
  • Beslow LA, Kasner SE, Smith SE, Mullen MT, Kirschen MP, Bastian RA, Dowling MM, Lo W, Jordan LC, Bernard TJ, Friedman N, DeVeber G, Kirton A, Abraham L, Licht DJ, Jawad AF, Ellenberg JH, Lautenbach E, Ichord RN. Concurrent validity and reliability of retrospective scoring of the Pediatric National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale. Stroke. 2012 Feb;43(2):341-5. PubMed PMID: 22076000
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Professional Memberships

  • International Pediatric Stroke Study, Vice-Chair, Executive Committee
  • Child Neurology Society, Member
  • American Heart Association (AHA), Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

  • Child Neurology (2007, 2009)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Blood / Lymphatic System - Clotting Disorders
  • Child and Teen Health
  • Brain and Nervous System - Stroke
  • Food, Nutrition and Metabolism - Obesity
  • Blood / Lymphatic System
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Food, Nutrition and Metabolism
Clinical Interests
My many clinical interests include childhood stroke, childhood CSVT, and general neurology

Care Philosophy
I want all of my patients and their families to know that their child is getting the best care possible. In order to support this goal, I strive to listen to the needs of the family and patient, and educate them about their child's disease.

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy skiing, golfing, and spending time with my 16 year old twins.

Volunteer Activities
Top-100 fundraiser, Courage Classic Bike Ride

Public Speaking
I enjoy giving talks about pediatric stroke, and the importance of dedicated pediatric stroke specialists

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (2001)
Graduate Schools:
  • MSCS, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2013)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Middlebury College (VT) (1994)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (2002)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Child Neurology (2006)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neurology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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