Case Reviews
Expert Witness


Steven Berndt, MD

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My Background

I am Board Certified in anesthesiology and have been in practice for 25 + years. I have extensive experience in most areas of anesthesia care. I am  thorough in my patient evaluations and chart reviews and bring this same level of thoroughness to case file reviews and reports. I am  comfortable giving depositions and testimony at trial if necessary.

My Resume

                                                       Steven D. Berndt, M.D.

CURRENT POSITION: Sanford Health, Fargo, ND

Staff Anesthesiologist, July 1996 – present.

Sanford Broadway Lead Anesthesiologist, July 2017 – present. 

Department Chair, Anesthesiology, November 2008 – October, 2014.

Managing Physician Partner, Anesthesia Department, July 1998 – October 2008. 

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Sanford Health Fargo (formerly MeritCare Health System) is an integrated health system consisting of a tertiary care medical center, multispecialty physician group, and regional network of clinics and community hospitals. We are a level 1 trauma center. The anesthesia department employs 20 physicians and 70 CRNA’s. We conduct approximately 27,000 anesthetics per year for a wide array

of surgical specialties. 

I also presently serve on the Medical Center Board of Directors, The Quality Council, and the Professionalism Committee. 

BOARD CERTIFICATION: American Board of Anesthesiology, April 15, 1994


LICENSURE: North Dakota #7156 1996 - present


Anesthesiology, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA. 

July 1990 - June 1993. CA - 3 year: Pain Management (6 months), Obstetrical Anesthesia (3 months), Advanced Clinical (3 months)

INTERNSHIP: OB/GYN, Naval Hospital, San Diego, CA. June 1986 - June 1987.


University of St. Thomas, Mini MBA in Health Care Management, October 2003.

MeritCare Health System, Clinical Leadership Academy, Sept. 2007 – Oct. 2008.


Anesthesiologist, Fredericksburg Anesthesia Associates, Inc. Sept. 1995 – June 1996.

Medical Director, Virginia Pain Management Center, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Staff Anesthesiologist, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA. July, 1993 - Sept. 1995.

Active Duty, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy.  

Aviation Medicine Department, Naval Hospital, Millington, TN

- Department Head, May 1989 - June 1990.

- Staff Flight Surgeon, Feb. 1988 - April 1989.

- Flight Surgeon, Marine Air Group 42, Marine Attack Squadron VMA 124.

- Pri-Med Emergency Medicine, Memphis, TN, contract work for Emergency Departments, Aug. 1988 - May 1990.

Management Development Course, Naval School of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, February 1989.

Flight Surgeon Training Program, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, FL. Aug. 1987 - Feb. 1988.

MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of North Dakota School of Medicine, M.D. May 1986. 

UNDERGRADUATE: North Dakota State University, B.S., Honors, 1981.

North Dakota State School of Science, A.S., Pre-med, 1979.


American Society of Anesthesiologists, Delegate from North Dakota, 

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management

North Dakota Society of Anesthesiologists

North Dakota Medical Society, past Counsel member

First District Medical Society, past president




Sanford Safe – Train the Trainer, March 26, 2019, Sanford Health, Fargo, ND, 4.75 credits

NYSSA Postgraduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, December 7-11, 2018, New York, NY, 38.5 credits

ASA Anesthesiology 2018, October 13-17, 2018, San Francisco, CA, 10.25 credits

ASA Self Education and Evaluation 2017 – Volume 33B, July 29, 2018, 30 credits

NDSA 2018 Educational Conference, April 28, 2018, Grand Forks, ND, 6 credits

Holiday Seminars Aspen Anesthesia 2018, February 3-10, 2018, Snowmass, CO, 22 credits

ASA Self Education and Evaluation 2017 – Volume 33A, January 18, 2018, 30 credits

ASA Anesthesiology 2017, October 17-21, 2017, Boston, MA, 8.75 credits

ASA Anesthesiology 2016, Oct. 22-26, 2016, Chicago, IL, 14.75 credits

Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Baylor Health Care System, Relevant Topics in Anesthesia, Jan. 11-15, 2016, San Juan, PR, 15 credits  

What I can offer

Case reviews with written reports

In person or phone meetings with the attorneys involved


Testimony in court 

Contact Information

Sanford Health Medical Center  

801 Broadway North   

Fargo, North Dakota 58122  

Office: (701) 234-8550    

Mobile: (701) 261-4346