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Joseph E. Bernat, DDS, MS

Postdoctoral Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric and Community Dentistry

Office Address

114 Squire Hall

Buffalo, NY 14214

(716) 829-3717


Faculty Profile

Joseph E. Bernat, DDS, MS, is an Associate Professor and Chairman and Postdoctoral Program Director in the Pediatric and Community Dentistry department and Associate Dean for Hospital and External Affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York. In addition, he is Clinical Service Director at Kaleida Health, Medical Director at Craniofacial Center of Western New York and Assistant Attending/Consultant in Peidatric Dentistry at Erie County Medical Center.

Dr. Bernat received his degree in dentistry (DDS) in 1973, and his Pediatric Dentistry Certificate in 1975 from SUNY at Buffalo. Dr. Bernat also received his MS, Oral Science, from SUNY at Buffalo.

In addition to his many publications and presentations, Dr. Bernat is heavily involved in pre-doctoral and post-doctoral didactic and clinical courses in hospital and pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Bernat is primarily located at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, but also has an office at the School of Dental Medicine (315 Squire Hall). He also maintains a faculty practice limited to pediatric dentistry.

**For information on the Pediatric and Community Dentistry residency program, please visit:
or call our Pediatric and Community Dentistry Assistant, Jackie DiMartino at 716-829-3717**

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Representative publications

  • Joseph Bernat. (January 1995) Parents in the Operatory Journal Alabama Dental Association. 79(3). 16-19.
  • Joseph Bernat. (January 1990) Testimony of Teeth - A book review JDE. 54(4). 
  • Paul Weiss, Joseph Bernat. (March 1989) Oro-Facial Injuries in Physically and Sexually Abused Children Journal of Dental Research. 66.
  • Joseph Bernat. (December 1988) Pediatric Dentistry in the Hospital Environment Children's Hospital Journal. 
  • Joseph Bernat, Holly Heinzerling, Paul Creighton. (March 1988) A Review of 400 Pediatric Dental General Anesthesia Cases Journal of Dental Research. 65.

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  • Quirk MM; Bernat,J; Bleichfeld B; Davis, E. (January 1988) Parental behaviors related to development of pediatric advanced dental decay. Journal of Dental Research.. 67(Spec). 192-Abs 633. 
  • Purcell, P., Albino, J., Joseph Bernat. (November 1984) Effects of Play Therapy in Pre-School Children Journal Dent. Child.. 51. 532-536. 
  • Joseph Bernat, Garverick, C.. (January 1982) Shyness as a Predictor of Dental Behavior Journal of Dental Research. 59. 
  • Purcell, P., Albino, J., Joseph Bernat. (January 1982) Effects of Play Therapy in Pre-School Children Journal of Dental Research. 59.
  • Cianciola, L, Joseph Bernat, Park, B, Robert Genco. (January 1979) Periodontal Disease in Juvenile Diabetics Journal of Dental Research. 58.
  • Churchill Livingstone Publishers, Joseph Bernat. Child Abuse and Negelct- A Medical Reference, Second Edition Dental Trauma and Bite Mark Evaluation. 

Chapter of Books: 

William Decker Publishers, Joseph Bernat. (January 1991) Craniofacial Anomalies: An Interdisciplinary Approach General and Pediatric Dental Considerations in Patients with Craniofacial Deformities. 

  • John Wiley and Sons, Joseph Bernat. (January 1981) Child Abuse and Neglect-A Medical Reference Oro-facial Injuries and Bite Mark Identification. 
  • Harper and Row, Joseph Bernat. Clark's Clinical Dentistry Management of the Child Patient. 

Journal Articles: 

  • Margaret Certo, Joseph Bernat. (July 1995) Parents in the Operatory Journal of the Alabama Dental Association. 79. 16-19. 
  • Certo MA, Bernat JE. (February 1995) Parents in the operatory. N Y State Dent J. 61(2). 34-38. 
  • Margaret Certo, Joseph Bernat, Paul Creighton. (January 1992) Parental Views About Accompanying Their Child Into the Operatory Journal of Dental Research. 71. 
  • Danziger I, Brodsky L, Perry R, Nusbaum S, Bernat J, Robinson L. (December 1990) Nager's acrofacial dysostosis. Case report and review of the literature. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 20(3). 225-240. 
  • Bernat JE. (March 1989) Child abuse and neglect: dentistry's role. N Y State Dent J. 55(3). 34-37. 
  • Karp MP, Bernat JE, Cooney DR, Jewett TC. (October 1982) Dental disease masquerading as suppurative lesions of the neck. J Pediatr Surg. 17(5). 532-536. 
  • Majewski RF, Snyder CW, Bernat JE. Dental emergencies presenting to a children's hospital. ASDC J Dent Child. 55(5). 339-342. 
  • Purcell PD, Albino JE, Bernat JE. Effects of play therapy on preschool children during initial dental visits. ASDC J Dent Child. 50(6). 433-436. 


  • Joseph Bernat. (July 1990) Hospital Guideline for Pediatric Dentistry American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. 

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