Bernard Karnath, MD, FACP

Bernard M. Karnath, MD, FACP

Division: General Medicine
Department: Internal Medicine


Dr. Bernard M. Karnath is 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 numerous clinical electives in the Department of Internal Medicine. He also serves as Vice Chair for Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Internal Medicine. 

Dr. Karnath is involved in community service as 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, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

Dr. Karnath has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards during his time at UTMB. 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, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015,2018, and 2019 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 has been recognized regionally for his education.  He received The University of Texas System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award; Presented on August 24, 2016 by the University of Texas System in Austin, Texas and the Laureate Award of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians.  Presented on November 17, 2018 in Austin, Texas.  In addition, Dr. Karnath is a nationally recognized medical educator.  He was presented with the Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Education by the American College of Physicians on April 11, 2013 at the ACP annual meeting in San Francisco, California.  Shortly thereafter, Dr. Karnath was presented with the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. GlaserDistinguished Teacher Award on November 9, 2014 at the AAMC Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois presented by the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society.

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.


Degree/Training CompletedYearName & Location
M.D.1994University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Internship & Residency1997University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX