Alumni Feature: Dr. Adam Bernatsky, Nutritional Sciences

Dr. Bernatsky headshot, podiatry | Food Science and Human Nutrition UF/IFASWe are pleased to welcome Dr. Adam Bernatsky to our Discover FSHN Series! Dr. Bernatsky is an alumnus of the nutritional sciences undergraduate program in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida. He is now a renowned podiatrist specializing in surgery and works with students and residents in his practice. In this feature, learn about his path to studying medicine and the role that nutrition plays in his work.

Tell me about your work as a podiatrist. What inspired you to pursue this field?

I am a full-time hospital-employed podiatrist at a Level 1 Trauma Center in NJ. I completed a trauma and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the University of Louisville. In surgical cases, you need to think on your feet and problem-solve in real time, and I love the challenge. I work with a residency program here at UHNJ, and teaching and academics are a large part of my practice.

Dr. B and his wife in front of green trees and a tall, snow-capped mountain.
Dr. Bernatsky and his wife hiking the Maroon Bells in Colorado.

While at UF, I knew I wanted to do something in medicine. While applying to medical schools, a friend who was also a nutritional sciences major at UF told me about podiatry school. I shadowed a few podiatrists in their offices and in surgery and immediately loved it. I enjoyed being very hands-on and knew this opportunity would allow me to fulfill that aspect of medicine.

How did you become interested in studying nutritional sciences, and why did you decide to major in the field for your undergraduate degree?

I chose nutritional sciences as my major in college because I was very interested in health and well-being. As a lifelong athlete, I know nutrition has always played an essential role in my fitness and ability to excel in sports competitions. Since nutritional sciences is a division of health sciences, I knew studying nutrition would allow me the opportunity to become a more well-rounded physician. I actually still have my “Nutrition through the Life Cycle” notes that I refer to since my wife and I recently had our first child!

Dr. B wearing graduation robes in front of an orange wall.
Graduation in the Swamp–Dr. Bernatsky celebrates his UF graduation.
What is your favorite memory of your time at UF?

It would have to be the football team winning a BCS National Championship. I grew up a Gator fan just like my parents. Most of my family went to UF so I was “bred” into the Gator Nation. That was special to see.

What is a typical day like at work as a podiatrist?

It varies from day to day, but generally, I will start the day by making “rounds” on the hospital inpatients with my residents and discussing the new consultations from the prior day. I will review physical examinations, lab work, and radiological images with the residents and discuss the surgical and non-surgical cases for the day/week. On some days I am in the operating room, and on others, I see patients in a very busy clinical setting.

What is the most important fact the public should know about being a podiatrist?

We do all sorts of foot and ankle surgical procedures. Podiatry is a very unique field where you need to know everything that may manifest in the lower extremity. You can specialize in many areas of podiatry such as trauma, reconstructive surgical procedures, forefoot surgery, sports medicine, wound care, and diabetic limb salvage.

Dr. B and his wife outside in a beautiful landscape with gray hills and blue water.
Dr. Bernatsky and his wife on their honeymoon at Laguna de Los Tres in Patagonia. Header: Dr. Bernatsky skiing with UF alumni in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Dr. B and his wife and baby sitting on a couch, podiatry | Food Science and Human Nutrition UF/IFAS
Dr. Bernatsky and his wife with the newest addition to the Gator Nation!
What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to get outdoors. Hiking and skiing are two passions. My wife and I have hiked at numerous national parks and have traveled internationally on hiking expeditions. We like to challenge ourselves. I also love to ski but unfortunately can do it only a few days a year. I also enjoy jam bands and listening to live music. Playing sports and being active is one of my hobbies. I am a diehard supporter of Florida Gator athletics and Tampa sports teams, and I’m an avid Liverpool supporter! Up the Reds!

If I opened your fridge right now, what would be in it?

Bottles and breast milk! We also have hummus, carrots, muenster cheese, coconut water, yogurt, and berries.

Dr. B with a long burgundy sign reading Liverpool Champions.
Celebrating the Liverpool 2019/2020 Premier League Championship with the Louisville LFC Supporters Club.
Interested in learning more about FSHN’s Nutritional Sciences programs? Read more here and here and here!
P.S. The Discover FSHN Series highlights the unique experiences of UF’s Food Science and Human Nutrition students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Want to read more about the amazing work happening in the FSHN department? See our previous features below (click on arrows to expand):
Undergraduate Students:

Shannon Mai, Dietetics
Alex Colon, Dietetics and Jenny Duong, Food Science
Jackie Shannon, Nutritional Sciences
Jennifer Jordan, Food Science
Lily Tucciarone, Dietetics
Tim Cassella, Nutritional Sciences
Kate Mullis, Dietetics
Charles Overdevest, Nutritional Sciences

Graduate Students:

Savanna Curtis, Food Science (M.S.)
Carley Rusch and Matthew Beke, Nutritional Sciences (Ph.D.)
Alexa Hosey, Dietetics (MS/DI)
Vicnie Leandre, Food Science (M.S.)
Rufus Theophilus, Nutritional Sciences (Ph.D.)
Amber Fritsche, Dietetics (MS/DI)
Amy Jones, Food Science (Ph.D.)
Melissa Perez Santana, Food Science (M.S.)
Jeena Endter, Dietetics (MS/DI)

Postdoctoral Associates:

Dr. Cameron Bardsley, Food Safety
Dr. Tautvydas Shuipys, Food Safety
Dr. Felix Jimenez Rondan, Nutritional Sciences


Dr. Naim Montazeri, Food Science/Food Virology
Dr. Jeanette Andrade, Dietetics
Dr. Zhiyong Cheng, Nutritional Sciences
Dr. Juan Andrade Laborde, Global Nutrition
Dr. Razieh Farzad, Food Science
Dr. Beth Gankofskie, Dietetics
Dr. Anne Mathews, Nutritional Sciences
Dr. Diana Taft, Nutritional Sciences
Dr. Boce Zhang, Food Science/Food Microbiology
Dr. Cora Best, Nutritional Sciences
Dr. Katherine Thompson-Witrick, Food Science
Dr. Laura Acosta, Dietetics


Sharyn Passeretti, Lab Specialist
Herschel Johnson, Manager of Student Services
Brandy Johnson, Administrative Assistant
Kohrine Counts Hazim, Dietetics Program Coordinator


Dr. Rebecca Gould, Dietetics, Postdoctoral Research
Dr. Becca Solch, Nutritional Sciences, Postdoctoral Research
Hannah Cooper, Dietetics, Private Practice
Dr. Richie Li, Food Science, Product Development
Doctor Brian Barrow, Nutritional Sciences, Medicine/Physician
Luciano Junoy, Food Science, Product Development
Carlin Dixon, Dietetics and Professional Dance
Jamie Zeldman, Dietetics, Research Coordinator
Ellen Bowser, Dietetics, Preceptor
Nina Burt, Food Science, Research & Development and Innovation
Kyle Giest, Dietetics, Supporting Young Adults with Cancer


P.P.S. Learn more about FSHN’s renowned programs below!

Jessie Erwin, Nutrition Communications Consultant for the UF/IFAS FSHN department.
Posted: March 25, 2024

Category: Food Science & Human Nutrition, Health & Nutrition, Work & Life
Tags: Discover FSHN, Dr. Adam Bernatsky, Dr. Bernatsky, FSHN Alumni, Nutritional Sciences, Nutritional Sciences Alumni, Nutritional Sciences Alumni Feature, Nutritional Sciences Careers, Podiatrist, Podiatry

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