Nelson Lim Bernardo, MD| Interventional Cardiology | MedStar Health

Nelson Lim Bernardo, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (364 reviews)

Specialties: Interventional Cardiology

Languages: Spanish, Hebrew, French, English

(202) 877-3339

About me

Nelson L. Bernardo, MD, specializes in Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Bernardo is the medical director of the Peripheral Vascular Laboratory at MedStar Heart Institute. He is also the director for Peripheral Intervention at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at MedStar Research Institute. He is also the co-chair for cardiac peripheral vascular diseases.

In addition, Dr. Bernardo serves as an assistant professor in the Division of Cardiology at the Medical College of Virginia campus of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

Dr. Bernardo publishes extensively in his field. He lectures frequently at meetings and conferences, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Bernardo was the clinical investigator or co-investigator in dozens of trials in the field of cardiology and cardiovascular disease. He is currently involved in a number of ongoing trials and clinical studies.

Dr. Bernardo is involved in peer review for numerous publications, including Angiology and Journal of Invasive Cardiology.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abnormal Stress Test
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Coronary Artery Stent Placement
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Refractory Angina
  • Transradial Catheterization
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Coronary Angiography
  • Abnormal Stress Test
  • Acute Bacterial Endocarditis
  • Anomalies Of The Coronary Artery
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis Of The Aorta
  • Athletic Heart Syndrome
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve
  • Cardiac Angina
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chronic Total Occlusion
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Coronary Artery Fistula
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Family History Of Sudden Cardiac Death
  • Genetic Cardiomyopathy
  • Giant Cell Myocarditis
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
  • Iliac Aneurysm
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Myocardial Infarction (MI)
  • Myocarditis
  • Myxoma
  • Prinzmetals Angina
  • Refractory Angina
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Rheumatic Heart Failure
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Right Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Unstable Angina
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Procedures I perform

  • Alcohol Septal Ablation
  • Atherectomy
  • Balloon Catheter
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Collateral Vessel Closure
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Coronary Artery Stent Placement
  • Directional Atherectomy
  • Embolic Protection Devices
  • Fractional Flow Reserve
  • Heart Biopsy
  • Laser Atherectomy
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Stress Echo Cardiogram
  • Thrombectomy
  • Tilt Table Test
  • Transradial Catheterization
  • Transradial Coronary Angioplasty
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Practice locations

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110 Irving Street Northwest
Suite 4B-1
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-2799

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110 Irving Street Northwest
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Fax 202-877-3339

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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • D-SNP)
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Amerigroup DC Healthy Families
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • United Student Resources
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • United Navigate
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Amerigroup DC Alliance
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • United Optimum Choice
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Tricare for Life East
    • I-SNP
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Virginia Premier
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • Tricare East Select
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • United Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Choice Plus
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • United Golden Rule
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthy Families
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • First Health PPO


Fellowship Program: Medical College of Virginia-VCU (1999)

Fellowship Program: Medical College of Virginia-VCU (1998)

Residency Program: Medical College of Virginia-VCU (1995)

Residency Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (1992)

Residency Program: Philippines General Hospital (1990)

Medical School: Univ of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Med. Ctr (1986)

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Ratings and reviews

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  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

  • Feb 29, 2024

    Very good.

  • Feb 12, 2024

    This experience was very good - in fact great

  • Nov 20, 2023

    Dr Bernardo is an excellent doctor who takes the time and concern to explain things