Bernita M. Berntsen, MD

Bernita M. Berntsen, MD
4.5 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 Bernsten is awesome, great listener,and good bedside manner's, I would recommend her anytime along with the Doctors in her practice!

   — Deborah A Hutchison


She is the best surgeon that saved my life. Been clear to the Mayo Clinic and KU Med and had no results til I met her. Had my stomach and esophagus removed and wouldn’t have lived if they wasn’t removed. I am forever grateful for Dr Bernsten!

   — Lori Davis-Hines


Wonderful caring Dr. Very thoughtful and thorough follow through. Highly recommend.

   — State Of Kansass


I had a pancreatic diversion with duodenal switch weight loss surgery in 2008. I lost and have maintained a 300-pound weight loss. I had no complications from surgery and it was done laparoscopically at a point when other surgeons would not do open surgery. Dr. Berntsen saved my life and I would highly recommend her as a surgeon.

   — JMP


Fantastic surgeon and great staff

   — Sue Crawford


Most caring and compassionate doctor/ surgeon I have ever had. You aren’t just a number or a short 15min “only time allowed “ appointment. She cares about her patients and remembers her patients and take her time to provide the best care you could ever receive. I had an urgent situation 9/2/2019- Labor Day. No place was open so had to go to ER. I ended up in very urgent and lengthy emergency surgery. Dr. Hu was surgeon on call who rushed in to hospital to perform surgery and called two teams of people in to assist with the urgent situation. Was in surgery until very late at night. It Dr.B was at my bedside very early , just hours after my surgery checking on me and came every day I was in the hospital despite her not being on call. Never gotten more than above care from Dr.B!!

   — Brenda Mason