Robin A. Bernhoft, MD was born in Fargo, North Dakota, graduated cum laude from Harvard University and earned his MD at Washington University Medical School, St Louis, graduating near the top of his class. After surgery residency at UCSF (where he published over twenty scientific papers) and after a liver/pancreatic surgery fellowship in London, England, he entered private practice in the Seattle area, joining the clinical faculty of the University of Washington Medical School.
After working for several years in a busy surgical practice, Dr. Bernhoft became ill. HIs life was threatened by an illness which left conventional MDs at a loss for diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Bernhoft's search for underlying causes of his debilitating illness (he had severe respiratory and GI symptoms, numerous allergies, sensitivities to perfumes, car exhaust and other common odors and lost 35 pounds in four months) lead him to study environmental medicine.
His personal quest for survival carried him into cutting edge advanced medicine, including gene-environment interactions. He found out that his gene which codes for an enzyme called MTHFR was hypoactive, and a second which produces GSTM1 was absent, leaving him susceptible to poisoning by a wide range of metals and chemicals. Since the Genome Project has identified abnormalities of this sort, biochemists have found ways to improve performance of substandard enzymes like MTHFR and increase the amount of enzymes backing up GSTM1, allowing improved function. With this new information, he was able to begin clearing the metals, chemicals and surgical disinfectants which had poisoned him, and regain his health.
Having regained his energy and photographic memory and shed his allergy and chemical sensitivity issues, Dr Bernhoft began seeking proven medical innovations from around the world. He retrained in Environmental Medicine between 2002-2006, passed his boards in that specialty, and began applying his new knowledge to a uniquely successful approach to chronic diseases. Once functionally disabled, he is now able to run 15-20 miles per week, and is three belts short of black belt in Shito Ryu karate. He has his life back.
Because of his personal experience, he has conceived of a different integrative approach to medical care - one that draws upon a variety of powerful, proven disciplines from across the medical spectrum.
At Bernhoft Center for Advanced Medicine, Dr. Bernhoft and his team of doctors are eager to help others regain and optimize their health so they may live a long, fulfilling, and joyous life.