Vanderbilt Eye Institute / Our Team / Paul Sternberg, Jr., M.D., G.W. Hale Professor & Chairman

Paul Sternberg, Jr., M.D., G.W. Hale Professor & Chairman


  • M.D., University of Chicago
  • B.A., Harvard College

Postgraduate Training


  • Internal Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


  • Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD


  • Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, Duke University Eye Center, Durham, NC

Board Certification

  • American Board of Ophthalmology, 1985

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, 1977
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1981
  • The Macula Society, 1987
  • The Retina Society, 1990
  • American Society of Retina Specialists, 1991
  • Club Jules Gonin International Retina Society, 1994

Honors and Awards

  • Best Doctors in America, 1994-2005
  • Lew Wasserman Award of Merit, Research to Prevent Blindness, 1998
  • Senior Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2000
  • L. E. Brown Humanitarian Award, 2002
  • Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Award, 2004

Clinical Interests

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal detachment
  • Intraocular tumors
  • Ocular trauma

Research Interests

  • Antioxidant systems and age-related macular degeneration
  • Biology of aging in the retina
  • Pharmacological treatments for AMD
  • Ocular melanoma


Dr. Sternberg is a renowned retina specialist, being named one of the Best Doctors in America for both medical and surgical retinal conditions every year since 1994. He performs both laser and surgical treatment for the entire spectrum of retinal and macular conditions, including retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Sternberg has maintained an active academic and research program. He has authored over 200 scientific articles and 30 book chapters. He is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors to the National Eye Institute, the Board of Trustees of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a consultant to Genentech, Alcon, and Pfizer.

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