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Steven L. Bernstein, MD

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health (Chronic Diseases); Vice Chair, Academic Affairs; Director, Yale Center for Implementation Science (YCIS)

Contact Information

Steven L. Bernstein, MD

Patient Care Locations

Mailing Address

  • Emergency Medicine

    Yale University School of Medicine, 464 Congress Ave., Suite 260

    New Haven, CT, 06519-1315

    United States



Dr. Bernstein develops screening and treatment interventions for tobacco users in the hospital settings, and programs to train providers in tobacco control.

He is also interested in implementation science, and is the founding Director of the Yale Center for Implementation Science.

He is currently studying the efficacy of a brief counseling intervention, nicotine replacement therapy, a telephone quitline service, and an SMS texting program in helping adult smokers in the emergency department quit. Another project is using network analysis to model patterns of adherence and abstinence in human health behavior. He is also the director of a new training program in implementation science.

He has additional interests in teaching the principles of public health, population health, and prevention to medical students, residents, and practitioners.

He maintains an active clinical practice in the ED at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Education & Training

  • Visiting Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (2001)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine (1993, recertified: 2013)
  • Resident
    Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York (1992)
  • Fellow
    State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York (1989)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1988)
  • Intern
    Suny Health Sciences Center Brooklyn, New York (1988)
  • MD
    Temple University School of Medicine (1985)
  • AB
    Princeton University, Biochemistry/Program in Science in Human Affairs (1981)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Top ConsultantAnnals of Emergency Medicine2009
FellowNew York Academy of Medicine, New York Academy of Medicine2006

Professional Service

Interventions to Prevent and Treat Addictions CSR Study SectionCommittee Member2019 - 2021
NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and AlcoholismChair, Review Panel2014
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute2013
NIH/National Cancer InstituteSpecial Emphasis Panel2010 - 2012
Member, Admissions Committee, Yale School of Medicine, 2014-present

Departments & Organizations