Researched and written by Vicki Meade

Bimonthly journal of the Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association


If you want a sense of who Bernard Kershner is, look at his feet.

He’s wearing cowboy boots. To Kershner, cowboy boots are Simply the footgear he likes best. They’re comfortable, and they remind him of his beloved horses and ranch in Colorado. But when you think about his life—his propensity for taking risks, his passion for every project he undertakes, his ability to grab the reins and get others to follow—it’s clear that those boots are a metaphor.

Never mind that Kershner was born in Brooklyn and rode his first horse at Coney Island as a kid. At heart, he’s got a cowboy’s drive, independence, lack of pretension, and willingness to take chances to achieve a goal.

Kershner, who served as FASA president from 1984 to 1988, was the first nonphysician to fill that role. His tenure was unique in other ways, too: he served two consecutive terms, staying on when his elected successor, Boyden Crouch, M.D., passed away. And he was at the helm when the association moved to the Washington, D.C., area from Phoenix, where it had been…