Irina Bernescu, MD, FACS

Dr. Bernescu specializes in minimally invasive colorectal surgery.  She has particular interest and expertise in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and rectal prolapse.  She is board-certified in both general surgery and colorectal surgery.

She graduated from the NYU School of Medicine in 2008.  She did her residency in general surgery at Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and her colorectal surgery fellowship at the Ferguson Clinic.  Before medicine, she graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavior from Barnard College in New York City.  She has received multiple awards throughout her postgraduate academic career for her research, most recently focused on colorectal cancer.

Since she was a child she has wanted to be a doctor and never wavered from that dream.  Growing up, her training as an athlete piqued her interest in the way the human body functions and adapts.  Volunteering as an emergency medical technician and other rewarding experiences of helping people in need confirmed her desire to become a doctor.

Dr. Bernescu was born in Iasi, Romania and moved to the United States at the age of 16.  She speaks English, Spanish, Romanian and French.  She enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and loves to both watch and participate in sports activities. 

Dr. Bernescu was recognized in Baltimore Magazine's Top Doctors Guide in 2020 and 2021.

In Affiliation With Saint Agnes Healthcare


For more than 150 years, Saint Agnes Hospital has been dedicated to the art of healing by providing exceptional care to the greater Baltimore area. Built on a strong foundation of excellent medical care and compassion, Saint Agnes is committed to providing the best care for our patients for many years to come.