Jeffrey A. Sternberg, MD, FACS, FASCRS

General & Colorectal Surgeon

Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSF

Surgical Director, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, California Pacific Medical Center

Jeffrey A. Sternberg, MD, FACS, FASCRS  is a general and colorectal surgeon, Assistant Clinical Professor of  Surgery at UCSF, and Surgical Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at  CPMC.  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 a fellowship training in Surgical Nutrition. Dr. Sternberg’s completed his formal medical education with a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at University of Minnesota.

Dr. Sternberg has 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.

Dr. Sternberg is also nationally 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 developing 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 is active in the leadership of California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He was previously elected by his peers to the CPMC Medical Executive Committee and serves as the Surgical Director of the CPMC Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Dr. Sternberg is also active in the national leadership of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and is a past president President of the Northern California Chapter of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. In his abiding professional commitment to patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Dr. Sternberg serves on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.


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


  • Beth Israel  Deaconess Hospital, Boston MA, General Surgery


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

Clinical Expertise

  • Anorectal Disease
  • Benign and Malignant Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Complex ventral hernias and abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Colon Cancer
  • Digestive Diseases
  • Endoscopy/Colonoscopy/Cancer Screening
  • Gall Bladder Disease
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Pelvic floor disorders and incontinence
  • Pilonidal Disease
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • California Pacific Medical Center
  • Davies Medical Center
  • Presidio Surgery Center
  • San Francisco Endoscopy Center
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Chinese Hospital

Professional Associations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • Northern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • Northern California Society for Clinical Gastroenterology
  • Northern California Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, President
  • San Francisco Medical Society

Awards & Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Dartmouth College
  • Magna Cum Laude, Dartmouth College
  • Rufus Choate Scholar, Dartmouth College