A photo of David Bernstein.

Director, Gamble Program and VTEU

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Biography & Affiliation


Dr. Bernstein received his MA degree in microbiology and his MD degree from SUNY at Buffalo. His pediatric training was undertaken at USC and the New England Medical Center. This was followed by an ID fellowship at UCLA.

During his fellowship he became interested in herpes viruses and vaccines. Upon arrival at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center he began his work investigating the immunobiology of genital herpes infections. At this time he also became interested in rotavirus and along with his colleague Dr. Richard Ward he investigated the immune responses that provide protection.

This work led to the development of a live attenuated human rotavirus vaccine initially named 89-12. The 89-12 vaccine was further modified and became the GlaxoSmithKline rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix, currently available in over 100 countries including the USA and EU. Dr. Bernstein is currently evaluating vaccines for CMV, HSV, influenza, avian influenza, RSV, norovirus and parvovirus. Dr. Bernstein has published over 200 manuscripts and book chapters on infectious diseases, vaccines and antivirals. Dr. Bernstein is currently the Albert Sabin Professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cincinnati Children’s and directs one of eight NIH funded Vaccine Evaluation Units.

Clinical Interests

Rotavirus; herpes simplex virus; cytomegalovirus; preclinical and clinical evaluations of vaccine; immune response to herpes virus

Research Interests

Evaluation of vaccines and antivirals for herpes and rotovirus; development of improved adjuvants and delivery systems for vaccines; treatment and prevention of influenza, norovirus and parvovirus infections

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Infectious Diseases


MA: Microbiology, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 1973.

MD: State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY, 1977.

Residency: Pediatrics, University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA.

Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Disease, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.

Certification: American Board of Medical Examiners, 1978; American Board of Pediatrics, 1981; Pediatrics, 1982.


Staat MA, Rice MA, Donauer S, Payne DC, Bresee JS, Mast TC, Curns AT, Cortese MM, Connelly B, McNeal M, Ward RL, Bernstein DI, Parashar UD, Salisbury S. Estimating the rotavirus hospitalization disease burden and trends, using capture-recapture methods. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Dec;29(12):1083-6.

Widdice LE, Bernstein DI, Leonard AC, Marsolo KA, Kahn JA. Adherence to the HPV Vaccine Dosing Intervals and Factors Associated With Completion of 3 Doses. Pediatrics. 2010 Dec 13.

Bernstein DI, Epstein T, Murphy-Berendts K, Liss GM. Surveillance of systemic reactions to subcutaneous immunotherapy injections: year 1 outcomes of the ACAAI and AAAAI collaborative study. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2010 Jun;104(6):530-5.

Sublett JW, Bernstein DI. Occupational rhinitis. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2010 Mar;10(2):99-104. 

Bernstein DI. The changing epidemiology of rotavirus gastroenteritis. Introduction. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2009 Mar;28(3 Suppl):S49. 

Bernstein DI, Cardin RD, Bravo FJ, Strasser JE, Farley N, Chalk C, Lay M, Fairman J. Potent adjuvant activity of cationic liposome-DNA complexes for genital herpes vaccines. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2009 May;16(5):699-705. 

Yee EL, Staat MA, Azimi P, Bernstein DI, Ward RL, Schubert C, Matson DO, Turcios-Ruiz RM, Parashar U, Widdowson MA, Glass RI. Burden of rotavirus disease among children visiting pediatric emergency departments in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Oakland, California, in 1999-2000. Pediatrics. 2008 Nov;122(5):971-7. 

Bernstein DI, Edwards KM, Dekker CL, Belshe R, Talbot HK, Graham IL, Noah DL, He F, Hill H. Effects of adjuvants on the safety and immunogenicity of an avian influenza H5N1 vaccine in adults. J Infect Dis. 2008 Mar 1;197(5):667-75. 

Bravo FJ, Cardin RD, Bernstein DI. A model of human cytomegalovirus infection in severe combined immunodeficient mice. Antiviral Res. 2007;76:104-110.

Kahn JA, Rosenthal SL, Tissot AM, Bernstein DI, Wetzel C, Zimet GD. Factors influencing pediatricians’ intention to recommend human papillomavirus vaccines. Ambul Pediatr. 2007;7:367-373.