Lenny Bernstein

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering health and medicine

Education: University of Michigan, BA in American culture, 1979

Lenny Bernstein covers health and medicine. He started as an editor on The Washington Post’s National desk in 2000 and has worked in Metro and Sports.
Latest from Lenny Bernstein

Troubled U.S. organ transplant system targeted for overhaul

Federal health official announces plans to break up the monopoly power of the United Network for Organ Sharing, which has run the system for nearly four decades.

March 22, 2023

Lawmakers probe whether organ procurers are ‘gaming the system’

Finance panel members question the dramatic increase in collection of pancreases for which there is no apparent need; organ groups say they are being responsive to requests.

March 21, 2023

One of largest fertility clinic mishaps in U.S. settled out of court

Chart Inc., the manufacturer of a tank that failed with 4,000 embryos and eggs inside, has settled with an undisclosed number of people who lost the tissue.

March 15, 2023

Mitch McConnell suffers concussion in fall, will remain hospitalized

The 81-year-old Senate Republican leader was attending a private dinner at a local hotel when he tripped, his spokesman said.

March 9, 2023

Mexico kidnappings put a spotlight on medical tourism

The attack in Matamoros has not appeared to deter American patients seeking medical procedures in Mexico.

March 9, 2023

Fertility clinic accused of implanting embryo with rare cancer mutation

A lawsuit filed by a California couple also claims that clinic personnel altered medical records to cover up the mistake.

March 1, 2023

Depression risk rises after a stroke. What that means for John Fetterman.

Experts say his chances for a full recovery are very good, especially since he sought out help.

February 17, 2023

Sen. Fetterman checks himself into hospital for clinical depression

Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) voluntarily admitted himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington to receive treatment on the recommendation of the attending physician of Congress, his chief of staff said.

February 16, 2023

To curb drug deaths, communities turn to Reddit, texts and wastewater

Authorities are sharing information in real time to predict where the next cluster of drug deaths may be and try to prevent at least some of them beforehand.

February 5, 2023

For Damar Hamlin, first responders’ swift efforts may have been crucial

Hamlin’s prospects ultimately may depend more on how long it took to restart his heart and how effectively CPR kept his organs supplied with blood.

January 3, 2023