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Christiana Bernal, MD

Christiana Bernal, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology

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Pediatric Gastroenterology - Raleigh Medical Park

WakeMed Raleigh Medical Park
23 Sunnybrook Road, Suite 200
Raleigh , NC 27610

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8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 12:30pm
Pediatric Gastroenterology - Raleigh Medical Park

Pediatric Gastroenterology - Apex

WakeMed Apex Healthplex
120 Healthplex Way, Suite 301
Apex , NC 27502

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8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 12:30pm
Pediatric Gastroenterology - Apex

About Me

Dr. Christiana Bernal is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist who sees patients with general gastrointestinal complaints or disorders.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. She completed two years of research at Emory University before earning her doctorate in medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Bernal then completed her residency in pediatrics, followed by fellowships in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, and in Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

During her training Dr. Bernal completed research on the genetic effects on proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy. She was awarded the National Institutes of Health Training grant to support her research endeavors. She also devoted time to teaching - presenting numerous talks at Vanderbilt University - and has published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts related to gastroenterology.

On a personal level, Dr. Bernal is a busy wife and mother of three. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and photography.


Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (Pediatric Gastroenterology)<br><br>Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville TN (Clinical Pharmacology)

Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA (Biology)

Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Medical School:
Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Board Certifications

Pediatrics, American Board of Internal Medicine

Provider Ratings

5 out of 5

(65 ratings)

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

40 Reviews


Dr Bernal is so friendly and helps my daughter have a positive attitude about her diagnosis. My daughter always comes away feeling good about the experience, even the times when she’s dealing with a lot of painful symptoms. Dr Bernal has also given great advice and information to help us choose next steps in treatment.


Dr. Bernal was very friendly and easy to talk to. She was thorough in finding out what my child was experiencing, and talked in ways that made them able to describe without embarrassment. My child felt comfortable asking all their questions about their condition.


My child has significant anxiety and Dr. Bernal was fantastic at putting her at ease, or as much ease as a middle schooler can have when discussing rectal bleeding and poop.


My daughter was worried about the appointment as doctor visits sometimes entail shots, etc. Dr. Bernal's staff had informed her before she came in that my daughter was anxious. Dr. Bernal is always wonderful in appointments, but this time she went above and beyond to put my daughter at ease. Not even 10 minutes into the appointment and my child was laughing and allowing Dr. Bernal to examine her. Dr. Bernal listens to our concerns, gives us information in an easy to understand way, and never makes us feel rushed. She is our favorite pediatric provider and we cannot recommend her enough.


Our entire appointment was top notch. From the interest in hearing our concerns, to how things were explained to my son, we left feeling like there was a plan in place and understood next steps to addressing my son's pain. Communication and attentiveness was beyond what I expected. Would highly recommend this office to anyone.


Dr Bernal’s ability to assess and recommend treatment recommendations


I was sick and the staff and dr B were able to switch us to a virtual visit so we didn't have to reschedule. That was really helpful.


WakeMed pediatrics GI is excellent. We love Dr. Bernal. She’s very kind, personal, and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend her to anyone need pediatric GI support.






That Dr Bernal spoke TO my []-year old & treated him respectfully


Dr Bernal is very well understanding of questions and or concerns and will explain everything to you bedside which I find amazing y’all rock dr Bernal and the entire wakemed apex gastro team keep it up.


If I’m being honest, I was initially disappointed about not getting an appointment with Dr. []. Dr. Bernal was amazing! I made it a point to let her know how truly happy we were with her care and our appointment.


Dr. Bernal was AMAZING!! She took her time with my son and provide excellent insight into what is going on with him.


Doctor is very attentive.


Doc is fantastic! I wish she was a regular pediatrician so we could see her more! She is great with explanations and talking directly with my kid!


I really appreciated that the appointment was on time.


Team work and waiting time is excellent.


I appreciated that the staff, nurse, and doctor looked at my []-year old to answer questions. They also picked up things that he was wearing to ask him some personal questions too, he had a welcoming experience.


Dr. Bernal


I was very impressed by the kindness toward by son during the appointment. He struggles with sensitivity issues, which are so hard on him he often says he wishes he was never born. To have a doctor spend the time to tell him his troubles were actually a secret super-power that he just needed to learn how to use meant so much to me. The awareness of the struggle he must be going through, and to say something like that to him, shows that extra level of concern. Thank you.


Dr Bernal was, of course, excellent with gathering information from us and using it for differential diagnoses. She stood out in that she had a positive and fun attitude which put my daughter at ease. Having that approach makes so much difference to how my child views her health issues and our concerns about what the diagnoses and long-term consequences of that might be. Thank you for helping us to not feel overwhelmed by what we're facing!


I had an amazing experience with Dr. Bernal. She made sure my daughter received the best treatment and care. I am forever grateful for her and her team


Dr. Bernal is amazing!


The way in which Dr. Bernal greeted us and made us feel comfortable as I discussed the concerns I had about my son’s health was amazing. We felt comfortable with her. She’s an excellent listener and addressed all my concerns.


Dr Bernal has a terrific bedside manner. She is humble, helpful and cheerful.


Dr Bernal is an incredible advocate and physician! She has always taken incredible care of our son and listened to our concerns.


Dr. Bernal is always very helpful and friendly with my son.


Kindness and welcoming


Loved the doctor!! She was amazing and took her time with us!


Everything was excellent!


Dr Bernal’s time and interaction with my son was excellent.


Absolutely everything was outstanding, Dr. Bernal was patient, kind, and genuine. She did not minimize any of my concerns and thoroughly explained her recommendations. The staff was equally as friendly and genuine, and they seem happy to be there, which is the best indication that this is an outstanding practice.


I absolutely love the staff here! Dr. Bernal adores [NAME] and she makes sure she has enough playtime with her at each appt. The care my daughter receives is much appreciated. We look forward to each appt


Where good respect


Dr Bernal took time to listen to my concerns and wanted to help


Dr. Bernal has always had [NAME]’s best interest at heart. She always comes in with a smile on her face and prepared to take on any challenges. She’s patient ,hands on,and extremely positive. [NAME] loves her deeply as If she’s apart of the family ,as do i .


Yes, the front receptionist and nurse went over and beyond for my [NAME] to be seen, due to appointment being canceled by accident.


The entire experience was outstanding


Dr. Bernal is definitely above and beyond a great provider. She takes the time to listen and discuss all issues. She truly cares for her patients and is quick and efficient.
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