Bernita M. Berntsen, MD

Bernita M. Berntsen, MD
4.6 out of 5 
Office Location:
The University of Kansas Health System General, Vascular and Bariatric Surgery


6001 SW 6th St Ste 220
Topeka , KS 66615
Phone: (785) 232-0444
Fax: (785) 228-4789
Surgery, General
St. Francis Physicians, St. Francis Health Center
Accepting New Patients: 
Amer Brd Surgery
University of Kansas
Dr. Berntsen grew up on a farm in southeastern Kansas, and completed her entire medical education and residency at Kansas University. She’s a proud Kansan, through and through. Her versatility in the operating room (she specializes in laparoscopic, bariatric, general, vascular and hernia surgery) is a reflection of her compassion — she enjoys the challenge and reward of helping people overcome diseases through surgical care, and she aims to treat each of her patients with the level of care she’d want for her own family.

Featured Reviews



Dr. Berntsen has been my Surgeon since 2012. She did my weight loss surgery, my skin removal, exploratory surgeries, etc. I'm a current patient of Dr. Berntsen's. I am looking at another surgery in the near future as well. She has taken care of me through many hospitalizations and complications due to my high risk medical history as well. She helped give me my life back through my weight loss surgery in 2012. I had suffered lung damage from being in a coma for 3 weeks from H1N1 (swine flu) in 2009. I could barely walk 10 feet without having trouble breathing after the coma and was in a wheelchair. I could write pages about the things she has done for me in the last 10 years. Trust if you need a surgeon, Dr. Berntsen is an excellent surgeon who cares about you, your outcome, well-being and makes you a priority.

   — Jessica Bingham


I had no complications from my surgery that was performed. more than 10 years ago. My weight is now stable with a healthy BMI, Type 2 Diabetes was reversed. I no longer have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or sleep apnea. Joint pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis greatly reduced and is manageable without medication. Dr Berntsen is not only an excellent surgeon but she takes great care to equip patients with the instruction needed to maintain the weight loss and remain healthy. My quality of life is improved 100 percent. Dr Berntsen is an outstanding and highly skilled surgeon who follows patients thoroughly after the surgery to address any concerns that may arise. I highly recommend Dr Berntsen and her amazing staff!

   — Lynn A.


Dr. Berntsen just operated on my 5 week old baby yesterday morning. All staff at the hospital told us she was the absolute best! She took time to really chat with us, give us the plan, reassurance, and did an exceptional job. It is hard to let your tiny baby be wheeled away for an operation, but I knew he was in the best hands!

   — Crystal Johnson


Dr. Berntsen did an excellent job of explaining exactly what she would be doing during my surgery and made sure I understood. She listens and answers all my questions in a patient manner. She's great and I totally recommend her!

   — Linda Cordero


Dr Berntsen has excellent bedside manner. Discussed problems I have been having. Made sugestion & answered questions I have been having.

   — Carol Weland


Dr. Bernsten is a caring physician who explains things in terms I can understand. When I needed surgery 5 years ago I knew she was the surgeon I wanted because I knew others who had been pleased with her. When I needed surgery again this past November I again chose her. Her office staff and nurses are great too!! She is a great surgeon - I’m very pleased with the outcome.

   — Nancy Liskey