MRP Nephorologist/Past Medical Director Wins Award

Congratulations Dr. Keevin Bernstein for receiving the 2017 Doctors Manitoba Health Administration Award. Dr. Bernstein is a nephrologist at Health Sciences Centre and is a past Medical Director of Manitoba Renal Program.Born and raised in Winnipeg, Dr. Bernstein completed medical school and an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Manitoba followed by a Nephrology Fellowship at University of California, San Diego. He returned to Winnipeg and joined the Section of Nephrology in 1984.

Dr. Bernstein became the HSC Central Dialysis Unit Medical Director in 1986. In 1988, he developed a prototype satellite dialysis model known as the Manitoba Local Centres Dialysis Program. This allowedpatients to receive the same level of care in their remote home communities as provided at an urban centre. This program was the first and is the largest of its kind in Canada, eventually growing to 16 centres in rural and northern Manitoba, including four directly in First Nation Communities. He then became the inaugural Medical Director of the WRHA Manitoba Renal Program, in 1998 through 2007, creating a strategic plan which evolved into a cohesive and centralized approach to managing renal disease in Manitoba. As part of the program, he created the concept of Renal Health Outreach to promote kidney disease prevention and early identification well before any other province or national initiative.

Dr. Bernstein has also been a highly regarded teacher within the medical school where he has been responsible for coordinating undergraduate nephrology education since 1988. The undergraduate Nephrology course he developed, and continues to maintain, perennially wins the Manitoba Medical Students’ Association (MMSA) award as the best Med II course. In addition, he has been awarded many individual MMSA teaching awards as well as receiving the prestigious University of Manitoba, Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Saunderson award for excellence in teaching. (source)

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