Gary L. Bernardini, MD, PhD

Lead and rhythm guitar

Lead and backup vocals

Dr. Bernardini is professor of neurology. He recently accepted position in 2015 as Chair of Neurology, at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Queens, Vice-Chair of Neurology at Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York City. He recently left Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY, where he held the Edith M. Hellman Chair in Cerebrovascular Disease and was director of stroke and neurological critical care there in upstate New York. He received his Ph.D. degree in Neurophysiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center before going on to receive his MD degree at the same institution. He completed his residency in Neurology at Cornell University Medical Center and did a fellowship in neurological critical care at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Bernardini remains active in several professional organizations including the American Heart and Stroke Association, Neurocritical Care Society, American Academy of Neurology, fellow in the American Neurological Association, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Association. Dr. Bernardini's research interests include therapeutic options in management of large hemispheric infarcts, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and treatment including neuroendovascular techniques for acute ischemic stroke. He has published numerous scientific articles and actively lectures on multiple facets of stroke care.

Despite keeping a busy academic schedule, he has always had time for music. Dr. Bernardini recorded his first CD with original songs entitled Anticipating Paradise in 2002, then followed up with release of the CD Things We Said recorded in 2011. This second CD featured both his wife and daughter performing and singing on many of the tunes. He continues to write songs and when time allows, plays out as solo performer on acoustic guitar. But, ultimately, his true commitment is performing with his band The CODES.


Electric: 2005 American Strat with maple neck Fender, Special Edition 60s Stratocaster, 1969 Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty" fretless wonder, 2013 Les Paul Studio II

Acoustic: GPCPA4 Rosewood and DRSGT Martin Acoustic Guitars, Larrivee L-03Koa acoustic guitar, Ovation Model 1617 acoustic-electric guitar

Amps: Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue Tube amp, Fender Deluxe 90 guitar amp

Effects/pedals: Boss Blues Driver, Boss Super Overdrive, DOD stereo flanger, Fulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive Overdrive, TC Electronics Electronic Gravy Chorus and Vibrato, TC Electronics Chorus, Dunlop Cry Baby wah wah