Dr Bernstein is the Founder and Medical Director of the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, formerly known as the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases of Las Vegas. Dr. Bernstein has worked on many fronts to ensure that all children diagnosed with cancer and other complex medical conditions, get the appropriate treatment regardless if they have adequate medical insurance coverage.
Under Dr. Bernstein’s direction the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation was established to support clinical research and the application of that research; seeking to control, treat and cure all types of childhood diseases. For his work at the clinic, Dr. Bernstein has been recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the 2010 Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year.
Dr Bernstein received his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine; where he also completed a year-long fellowship in Pathology. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. He is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Amber is a bit of a rarity–she’s a native Nevadan who grew up in rural Nevada in towns such as Eureka, Carson City, and Fallon, NV. She is an alumni of the University of Nevada, Reno and was able to complete her education thanks to the support of scholarships provided by Nevadans for Nevadans such as the Millenium and Pennington scholarships. She is grateful to have the opportunity to return the gift by providing medical care to the community which supported her.
Looking back, it’s probably not a huge surprise she went into medicine. As she points out, as a child she can remember playing alongside her brother with Legos and keeping Lego men alive in elaborate brick hospitals until such time as the rest of their body pieces could be found or they fully recovered. (As it turns out her brother would always build things like police cars, and he’s now a police officer!)
Amber is especially grateful to provide medical services and expertise to those in rural areas. She understands how difficult it can be to access even basic medical care for those living several hours away from a metropolitan area. She is among those from the Hemophilia Treatment Center who travel several times a year to provide on site clinics for those with inherited bleeding disorders in areas which include Winnemucca, the Owyhee Indian community, Ely and Elko. Clinics in Reno are held more frequently occurring about twice a month. Her love of Nevada and its residents runs deep.
She adds: “I plan on running with the pack (University of Nevada, Reno representing Northern Nevada) and living with the rebels (University of Nevada, Las Vegas representing Southern Nevada) to ensure all Nevadans with bleeding disorders are cared for.”