Bernie grew up in Bloemfontein and matriculated at Sentraal High School with full colours. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of the Free State in 2002 and did his internship at Edendale Complex in Pietermaritzburg. He did his Community Service at Frere Hospital, East London. Following Community Service he spent two years in the UK doing surgery, emergency medicine and several courses to broaden his medical experience.
Bernie obtained his Fellowship of the College of Surgeons at Stellenbosch University in October 2011. He was awarded the Sanofi-Aventis prize for his Masters on The Eradication of Helicobacter Pylori and was invited to present at the international congress, Society of Academic Research Surgery (SARS), in the UK in 2011. He held an appointment as a Consultant Surgeon at Tygerberg Hospital during 2012.
Bernie practises as a general surgeon but has specific interests in surgical gastroenterology and laparoscopic surgery. He also organized a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair workshop to improve the teaching of fellow registrars at Tygerberg Hospital.
Bernie joined the practice of Dr Matley & Partners in March 2012 and consults at Life Vincent Pallotti and Life Kingsbury Hospitals.
He is a keen sportsman, and was presented with provincial and national colours at university. He particularly enjoys kite surfing, golf and running. He is happily married top Nicky Brice, a paediatrician.