Steven Bernstein, MD

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health (Health Policy); Vice Chair, Academic Affairs

Departments & Organizations

Emergency Medicine: Drug use, Addiction, and HIV Research Scholars (DAHRS) | SBIRT for Alcohol and Other Drug Problems | SBIRT for Tobacco Dependence | Yale Center for Implementation Science (YCIS): Yale Scholars in Implementation Science (YSIS)

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control | Tobacco Treatment Program

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Bernstein develops screening and treatment interventions for tobacco users in the hospital settings, and programs to train providers in tobacco control.

He also has strong interests in implementation science, and is the founding Director of the Yale Center for Implementation Science.

He is currently studying the efficacy of a brief counseling intervention, nicotine replacement therapy, a telephone quitline service, and an SMS texting program in helping adult smokers in the emergency department quit. Another project is using network analysis to model patterns of adherence and abstinence in human health behavior. He is also the director of a new training program in implementation science.

He has additional interests in teaching the principles of public health, population health, and prevention to medical students, residents, and practitioners.

He maintains an active clinical practice in the ED at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Education & Training

MD Temple University School of Medicine (1985)
AB Princeton University, Biochemistry/Program in Science in Human Affairs (1981)
Visiting Fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Resident Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York
Fellow State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York
Intern Suny Health Sciences Center Brooklyn, New York
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1988)
Board Certification AB of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine (1993, recertified: 2013)

Honors & Recognition

  • Top ConsultantAnnals of Emergency Medicine (2009)

  • FellowNew York Academy of Medicine, New York Academy of Medicine (2006)

Professional Service

  • NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2014) Chair, Review Panel

  • (2013) NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • NIH/National Cancer Institute (2010 - 2012) Special Emphasis Panel

  • Member, Admissions Committee, Yale School of Medicine, 2014-present

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Contact Info

Steven Bernstein, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Emergency MedicineYale New Haven Shoreline Medical Center
111 Goose Lane

Guilford, CT 06437
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Yale Emergency MedicineYale New Haven Hospital
20 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Emergency MedicineYale University School of Medicine
464 Congress Ave., Suite 260

New Haven, CT 06519-1315