Dr. Bernadette Leidel CHKD Blocks

(757) 668-4980
Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics


Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Residency: Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters


Dr. Leidel traveled the world as a "military brat" until her father completed his 23-plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and worked for Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York City, researching and performing bone marrow analysis in Dr. Michael Andreef's flow cytometry lab before enrolling in medical school at EVMS. 

Wanting to be a parent first prior to advising parents, she had her daughter, Lauren, during her fourth year in medical school.  She was very fortunate to start private practice with her mentor, Dr. James Arline, at Children's Medical Center of Tidewater.  After his passing and following his roots, she joined PDC Pediatrics, Dr. Arline's first practice in Norfolk.

Dr. Leidel is also passionate about music. She received her piano teaching certification through the National Guild of Piano Music Teacher Association.

Clinical Interests
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Female adolescent care
  • Well-baby care and development
Honors & Awards
  • Patient Choice Award, 2008-2011, 2013
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • COLA's Excellence Lab Award, 2009, as director of PDC's lab
Community Involvement
  • Mentor in Ocean Lakes Math Science Academy Program
  • Preceptor for first- and second-year medical students in Longitudinal Generalist Mentorship program at EVMS
  • Member of board of directors of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2009-2010
  • Choir member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church
A Note from Dr. Leidel

"I truly enjoy each day I spend with my patients. I'm very proud and honored to be a part of a team of pediatricians and specialists at CHKD that has dedicated its whole mission to the well-being of children."