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Edward J. Bernacki, M.D., MPH

UT Health Austin Care Team Member

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Yale University School of Medicine


Residency, Anesthesia
Yale University, School of Medicine

Residency and MPH, Preventative Medicine
Yale University, School of Public Health


Edward J. Bernacki is a professor with the Department of Population Health, director of the Center for Workplace Health and executive director for health solutions at Dell Medical School. He oversees the WorkLife Clinics, which deliver occupational health and urgent care services to Central Texas businesses. Bernacki’ s research interests focus on quantifying the efficacy of chronic disease management programs in reducing morbidity and disability in employed populations and predictive analytics applied to the workers’ compensation insurance market.

Until 2015, Bernacki served as a professor of medicine and the director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. While there he created a network of on-site wellness clinics for multinational employers, and he managed the Johns Hopkins University and Health System’s workers’ compensation insurance programs. These efforts were demonstrated to be extremely successful in reducing the incidence and cost of illness for the populations served.

Before working at Johns Hopkins, Bernacki held a variety of positions in industry including corporate medical director of United Technologies Corp. in Hartford, Connecticut, and vice president of health, safety and environment for Tenneco Inc. in Houston.

Bernacki is a past president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the field of occupational medicine, toxicology, medical care cost containment and workers’ compensation-related issues.

Bernacki is a graduate of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He earned his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed a residency in preventive medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, simultaneously receiving a master’s degree in public health.

Professional Affiliations
  • Workers' Compensation Research Institute, Texas State Advisory Committee 2015-present
  • Alliance Physician Advisory Committee, 2015-present
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2015-present
  • Political Subdivision Workers' Compensation, Physician Advisory Committee, 2015-present
Awards & Honors
  • Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit, 2011
    American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • National Leadership Award, 2005
    Central States Occupational Medical Association
  • Joint Research Award, 2000
    American Association of Occupational Health Nurses/American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • The Meritorious Service Medal of the United States, 1970
    United States Armed Forces