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Bernard M. Karnath, M.D.
Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine

Bernard M. Karnath, M.D.

Bernard M. Karnath, M.D.
Division of General Internal Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine

University of Texas Medical Branch - Clinics
Harborside Medical Group 400 Harborside Dr
Galveston, TX 77555-1167
Phone: 409.747.1883
Fax: 409.747.8579

General Medicine Administration
301 University Blvd.
4.174 JSA
Galveston, TX 77555-0566
Phone: 409.772.4182
Fax: 409.772.6507
Email: General.Medicine@utmb.edu


Degree/Training Completed Year Name & Location
M.D. 1994 University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Internship & Residency 1997 University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX


Dr. Bernard M. Karnath is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. His educational background includes a BS in Biology from Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas in 1989 and a MD degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 1994. His educational activities in the School of Medicine include the Co-Director of the Practice of Medicine Year 2 Course and the Co-Director of the Internal Medicine Clerkship.

Dr. Karnath has been involved in developing multiple educational curricula while at UTMB. His goal for clinical education is to instill the standards set by Sir William Osler for patient evaluations. Dr. Karnath is involved with teaching the art and science of medicine by helping students to understand the value of bedside diagnostic skills. Dr. Karnath is a faculty volunteer and student mentor at the St. Vincent's clinic. The St. Vincent's clinic is a UTMB student-run free clinic that serves the uninsured and underserved people of Galveston County. Dr. Karnath received the Most Dedicated Faculty Award for St. Vincent's clinic in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Dr. Karnath has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Some of these include the Golden Apple Award Pre-Clinical Professor for the School of Medicine in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 and the Golden Apple Award Clinical Professor for the School of Medicine in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Dr. Karnath has also been presented with the James W. Powers Memorial Award honoring a teacher of clinical services who, by his instruction and example, best exemplifies the practice of the art and science of medicine. Award presented at the School of Medicine commencement ceremony in 2008, 2009, and 2010 by the graduating class. Dr. Karnath was inaugurated as a William Osler Scholar in the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine in 2008, the highest honor bestowed onto a teaching faculty at UTMB. Dr. Karnath was selected as the Keynote Speaker by the School of Medicine Honor Education Council for the Class of 2014 White Coat Ceremony on August 22, 2010 in William C. Levin Hall. His Keynote Address was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Karnath B.M. A Symbol of Our Profession: White Coat Ceremony Address to the Class of 2014. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Jan 11.

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The department of internal medicine is developing evidence based clinical protocols which will be available in EPIC (as order sets) for use when admitting patients with these diagnoses. Their AIM is to standardize care and decrease length of stay and readmission rates.

Currently available protocols are:
  • CAP - Community Acquired Pneumonia Order set
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis Adult, ICU
  • General Medicine Admission
  • Immunodeficiency Flow Panel
  • MICU/CCU Admission Order Set
  • Oral Analgesic Medications
  • Parenteral Opioids
  • Sepsis, Adult ICU
  • 111 - Stroke Alert
  • 112 - Stroke Activation
  • 300086 - Stroke Floor Admission
  • 3000000001 -  Stroke Critical care without tPA
  • 300088 Stroke - Transfer from Critical care to floor
  • 3004002 - Stroke Discharge

All protocols can be found in the EPIC order set section.

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