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 Ave. Ste 220
Topeka , KS 66615
Phone: (785) 232-0444
Fax: (785) 270-7392
Surgery, General


Amer Brd Surgery


University of Kansas


University of Kansas


University of Kansas Medical Center


St. Francis Physicians
St. Francis Health Center

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 repaired a hernia on me this morning. Honestly she is probably the best dr I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She is very compassionate and has a great bedside manner. Highly recommend!!

   — Terri Mauk


My experience at this place is always of the highest excellence. From the checkin staff thru the entire exprience.

   — Linda Swogger


Throughout the years, Dr Berntsen has been my surgeon for various procedures. I trust her completely and find her to be an extremely good surgeon who demonstrates sound judgment and exceptional thoughtfulness towards my wellbeing. She is confident in her work and explains clearly what she thinks is best for me. I appreciate the fact that she looks at me as an equal. Her compassion for another human being is off the charts. You can tell that Dr. Berntsen loves what she does and I have found with any profession or situation, if someone loves what they do they want to do their very best. Dr. Berntsen is that person. I highly recommend her.

   — Anne Kufahl


Back in September 2029 I had to have my stomach and esophagus removed due to a faulty Nissen Fundoplication Wrap. I had been to the Mayo Clinic and heard some disrespectful remarks from surgeons there, and was about to go to Florida when I found out about dr Bernsten. She is the best. She saved my life and I am forever blessed that she is my surgeon.

   — LORI Davis-Hines


Dr. Berntsen has changed my life! I have been struggling with my weight since I was a child (a long, long time ago), and Dr. Berntsen has given me so many healthy options for living a different life.

   — Mark Baum


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

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