Bernard, Gordon R., MD

Dr. Gordon Bernard
Melinda Owen Bass Professor of Medicine

Associate Vice-Chancellor for Research

Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Science

Chairman, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

Primary Department:
Deptartment of Medicine
Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine
Office Address:
Vanderbilt University Medical
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
1161 21st Ave. South, Suite T-1208 MCN
Nashville, TN 37232-2650
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Undergraduate School & Degree:
University of Southwestern Louisiana
Medical School & Degree:
Louisiana State University

Brief Bio:

Dr. Bernard received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 1972 and his M.D from Louisiana State University in 1978. He trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky and completed subspecialty training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from 1976-1981, where he was the Parker B. Francis Fellow in Pulmonary Medicine and completed his Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship.


bronchoscopy; pulmonary artery catheterization; thoracentesis; pulmonary function; exercise testing; asthma; lung needle biopsy and critical care

Research Focus:

clinical research; clinical trials, sepsis, septic shock, acute respiratory distress syndrome and critical care


Recent Journal Articles:

Byrne, DW, Biaggioni, I, Bernard, GR, Helmer, TT, Boone, LR, Pulley, JM, Edwards, T, Dittus, RS. Clinical and translational research studios: a multidisciplinary internal support program. Acad Med, 87(8), 1052-9, 2012.

Girard, TD, Ware, LB, Bernard, GR, Pandharipande, PP, Thompson, JL, Shintani, AK, Jackson, JC, Dittus, RS, Ely, EW. Associations of markers of inflammation and coagulation with delirium during critical illness. Intensive Care Med, 38(12), 1965-73, 2012.

Pulley, JM, Denny, JC, Peterson, JF, Bernard, GR, Vnencak-Jones, CL, Ramirez, AH, Delaney, JT, Bowton, E, Brothers, K, Johnson, K, Crawford, DC, Schildcrout, J, Masys, DR, Dilks, HH, Wilke, RA, Clayton, EW, Shultz, E, Laposata, M, McPherson, J, Jirjis, JN, Roden, DM. Operational implementation of prospective genotyping for personalized medicine: the design of the Vanderbilt PREDICT project. Clin Pharmacol Ther, 92(1), 87-95, 2012.

Rice, TW, Rubinson, L, Uyeki, TM, Vaughn, FL, John, BB, Miller, RR, Higgs, E, Randolph, AG, Smoot, BE, Thompson, BT, , . Critical illness from 2009 pandemic influenza A virus and bacterial coinfection in the United States. Crit Care Med, 40(5), 1487-98, 2012.

Harris, PA, Swafford, JA, Edwards, TL, Zhang, M, Nigavekar, SS, Yarbrough, TR, Lane, LD, Helmer, T, Lebo, LA, Mayo, G, Masys, DR, Bernard, GR, Pulley, JM. StarBRITE: the Vanderbilt University Biomedical Research Integration, Translation and Education portal. J Biomed Inform, 44(4), 655-62, 2011.

Rice, TW, Mogan, S, Hays, MA, Bernard, GR, Jensen, GL, Wheeler, AP. Randomized trial of initial trophic versus full-energy enteral nutrition in mechanically ventilated patients with acute respiratory failure. Crit Care Med, 39(5), 967-74, 2011.

Rice, TW, Ware, LB, Haponik, EF, Chiles, C, Wheeler, AP, Bernard, GR, Steingrub, JS, Hite, RD, Matthay, MA, Wright, P, Ely, EW, , . Vascular pedicle width in acute lung injury: correlation with intravascular pressures and ability to discriminate fluid status. Crit Care, 15(2), R86, 2011.

Rice, TW, Wheeler, AP, Thompson, BT, deBoisblanc, BP, Steingrub, J, Rock, P, , , , . Enteral omega-3 fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid, and antioxidant supplementation in acute lung injury. JAMA, 306(14), 1574-81, 2011.

Ware, LB, Koyama, T, Billheimer, D, Landeck, M, Johnson, E, Brady, S, Bernard, GR, Matthay, MA, , . Advancing donor management research: design and implementation of a large, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Ann Intensive Care, 1(1), 20, 2011.

Bernard, GR. Statins for acutely hospitalized patients: randomized controlled trials are long overdue. Crit Care, 14(2), 141, 2010.

Fremont, RD, Koyama, T, Calfee, CS, Wu, W, Dossett, LA, Bossert, FR, Mitchell, D, Wickersham, N, Bernard, GR, Matthay, MA, May, AK, Ware, LB. Acute lung injury in patients with traumatic injuries: utility of a panel of biomarkers for diagnosis and pathogenesis. J Trauma, 68(5), 1121-7, 2010.

Girard, TD, Jackson, JC, Pandharipande, PP, Pun, BT, Thompson, JL, Shintani, AK, Gordon, SM, Canonico, AE, Dittus, RS, Bernard, GR, Ely, EW. Delirium as a predictor of long-term cognitive impairment in survivors of critical illness. Crit Care Med, 38(7), 1513-20, 2010.

Girard, TD, Pandharipande, PP, Carson, SS, Schmidt, GA, Wright, PE, Canonico, AE, Pun, BT, Thompson, JL, Shintani, AK, Meltzer, HY, Bernard, GR, Dittus, RS, Ely, EW, , . Feasibility, efficacy, and safety of antipsychotics for intensive care unit delirium: the MIND randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Crit Care Med, 38(2), 428-37, 2010.

Jackson, JC, Girard, TD, Gordon, SM, Thompson, JL, Shintani, AK, Thomason, JW, Pun, BT, Canonico, AE, Dunn, JG, Bernard, GR, Dittus, RS, Ely, EW. Long-term cognitive and psychological outcomes in the awakening and breathing controlled trial. Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 182(2), 183-91, 2010.

Pulley, J, Clayton, E, Bernard, GR, Roden, DM, Masys, DR. Principles of human subjects protections applied in an opt-out, de-identified biobank. Clin Transl Sci, 3(1), 42-8, 2010.

Pulley, J, Hassan, NN, Bernard, GR, Jirjis, JN, Schildcrout, J, Robertson, D, Masys, DR, Harris, P. Identifying unpredicted drug benefit through query of patient experiential knowledge: a proof of concept web-based system. Clin Transl Sci, 3(3), 98-103, 2010.

Pulley, JM, Harris, PA, Yarbrough, T, Swafford, J, Edwards, T, Bernard, GR. An informatics-based tool to assist researchers in initiating research at an academic medical center: Vanderbilt Customized Action Plan. Acad Med, 85(1), 164-8, 2010.

Rice, TW, Wheeler, AP, Bernard, GR, Vincent, JL, Angus, DC, Aikawa, N, Demeyer, I, Sainati, S, Amlot, N, Cao, C, Ii, M, Matsuda, H, Mouri, K, Cohen, J. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of TAK-242 for the treatment of severe sepsis. Crit Care Med, 38(8), 1685-94, 2010.

Ware, LB, Koyama, T, Billheimer, DD, Wu, W, Bernard, GR, Thompson, BT, Brower, RG, Standiford, TJ, Martin, TR, Matthay, MA, , . Prognostic and pathogenetic value of combining clinical and biochemical indices in patients with acute lung injury. Chest, 137(2), 288-96, 2010.

Pulley, JM, Bernard, GR. Proven processes: The Vanderbilt Institute for clinical and translational research . Clin Transl Sci, 2(3), 180-2, 2009.