As soon as Thomas Bernard, Jr. received his undergraduate degree in biology from Tulane University in 1971, he was commissioned in the United States Navy and served as gunnery officer.
Returning to Tulane Medical School, Dr. Bernard earned his medical degree, interned with the United States Public Health Hospital in New Orleans and returned to perform his orthopaedic residency with the Tulane University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Dr. Bernard took postgraduate training as a spine fellow with Dr. Henry LaRocca in New Orleans and with Dr. W.H. Kirkaldy-Willis at the University of Saskatchewan.
He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and serves as a member on the editorial board of the Medical Journal Spine.