Training and Experience

Dr. Sternberg      

Dr. Sternberg is a double board-certified general and colorectal surgeon, Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCSF, the Surgical Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at CPMC, and the Medical Director of the San Francisco Endoscopy Center. Dr. Sternberg graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College. Following medical school at the University of Chicago, Dr. Sternberg moved to Boston for an 8-year residency in General Surgery at Harvard University’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. While there, he participated in molecular biology research and completed fellowship training in Surgical Nutrition. Dr. Sternberg’s completed his formal medical education with a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the esteemed University of Minnesota.

Dr. Sternberg has been practicing at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco since graduating fellowship in 2000. He has developed extensive expertise in the screening and treatment of benign and malignant colorectal disease and a broad range of gastrointestinal conditions. As an academically trained surgeon, he is highly skilled in laparoscopic surgery and other minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.

Dr. Sternberg has become internationally known for his expertise in treating pilonidal disease, a chronic infection of the skin and underlying tissue near the tailbone that typically affects teens and young adults (20s/30s), and has been instrumental in advancing a highly-effective approach for treating pilonidal disease known as the ‘Cleft Lift Procedure.’ Dr. Sternberg also hosts a website dedicated to the surgical treatment of pilonidal disease.

Dr. Sternberg has been active in the leadership of California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and was elected by his peers to CPMC’s Medical Executive Committee. He also has been appointed the Surgical Director of the CPMC Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and the Medical Director of the San Francisco Endoscopy Center. Dr. Sternberg has held national leadership positions in the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and is a past President of the Northern California Chapter of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. In his abiding professional commitment to patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Dr. Sternberg remains an advisor to the Northern California Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and was honored by them in 2017 as a Champion of Hope.


Family and Non-Surgical Interests

Dr. Sternberg values family life with his wife Anne and their 2 young children.  He enjoys coaching his daughter’s soccer team, is an avid cook, and loves skiing, hiking, and the outdoors. 


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery



  • Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, MD
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH , AB, Biochemistry, Rufus Choate Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude
  • Horace Mann Barnard School, New York City


General Surgery Residency

  • Harvard's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA



  • University of Minnesota, Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Harvard Medical School, Surgical Nutrition


Clinical Expertise

  • Pilonidal Disease
  • Anorectal Disease
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Benign and Malignant Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Colonoscopy – Colorectal Cancer Screening


Hospital Affiliations

  • California Pacific Medical Center
  • Presidio Surgery Center
  • San Francisco Endoscopy Center


Professional Associations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Northern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • Northern California Society for Clinical Gastroenterology
  • Northern California Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, past President


Awards & Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Dartmouth College
  • Magna Cum Laude, Dartmouth College
  • Rufus Choate Scholar, Dartmouth College
  • CCF Champion of Hope, 2017
The Sternberg Clinic
77 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 300
Civic Center, Hayes Valley

San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-821-8000
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