Meet Dr. Sternberg
Talented and gifted, Dr. Erez Sternberg is a double board-certified Northeast Florida plastic surgeon who offers cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Although Dr. Sternberg didn’t start in plastic surgery, he has such a profound appreciation for how it can transform lives and how it’s not purely about vanity. Dr. Sternberg loves being able to help his patients “feel great about themselves, recapture their youth and reinvigorate their lives.” This is why he continues to study, learn and grow his knowledge base in order to provide his patients with the latest and greatest procedures available.
Originally hailing from Atlanta, GA, Dr. Sternberg now calls Ponte Vedra Beach home with his board-certified OB/GYN wife, Dr. Rebekah Richmond, and his 2 sons, Rex and Leo. Dr. Sternberg is often outdoors playing with his boys or hitting the slopes as an avid skier. Out and about, Dr. Sternberg and his wife enjoy great local restaurants, traveling around the country, especially to NYC for great food, Broadway shows and shopping. More than anything, Dr. Sternberg loves providing his patients with exemplary care and surgical excellence.
Specialties and Skills
Specializing in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Sternberg has special interest in complex breast revision cases; repairing problems with previous breast surgery and "Botched" surgeries. He also has extensive expertise in breast reconstruction surgery and body contouring techniques. Dr. Sternberg places a special emphasis on patients who have overcome breast cancer, various skin diseases and significant weight loss.
Education and Training
At the University of Georgia, Dr. Sternberg graduated magna cum laude with his undergraduate degree in Microbiology. He earned his M.D. at the Medical College of Georgia. Arriving in Jacksonville in 2002, Dr. Sternberg completed a 5-year General Surgery residency at the highly-acclaimed Mayo Clinic where he focused on general and vascular surgical procedures like transplanting livers, removing burst appendices and performing cancer surgeries. Dr. Sternberg then shifted to plastic surgery and completed a 2-year Plastic and Reconstructive surgery fellowship at Vanderbilt University.
Board Certification – The American Board of Plastic Surgery
Board Certification – American Board of Surgery, 2010
1994 – 1998 University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, Bachelor of Science
1998 – 2002 Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, Medical Degree
2002 – 2003 Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, General Surgery Internship
2003 – 2007 Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, General Surgery Residency
2007 – 2009 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee , Plastic Surgery Fellowship
Dr. Sternberg has the distinction of being double board-certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. Over the years, Dr. Sternberg has published several scientific papers on various general and plastic surgery topics, in addition to a book chapter he wrote on lasers and radiofrequency therapy. Dr. Sternberg has presented the findings of his research on breast reconstruction at the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery meeting.
Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgery
American College of Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgery, Diplomat Member
Florida Medical Association
Florida Society of Plastic Surgery
Greater Jacksonville Society of Plastic Surgery
Board Member – The Donna Foundation
Chief of Plastic Surgery – St. Vincent’s Southside Hospital
Publications and Presentations
Isolated Pancreatic Metastasis from Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Case Report and Review of the literature - Presented at the Southwestern Surgical Society, Monterey, CA, April 18-21, 2004.
Latissimus Dorsi Flap Remains an Excellent Choice for Breast Reconstruction - Presented at the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Nassau, Bahamas, June 4-8, 2005.
Temporary abdominal closure followed by definitive abdominal wall reconstruction of the open abdomen - The American Journal of Surgery. 188; 2004: 301-306.
Latissimus Dorsi Flap Remains an Excellent Choice for Breast Reconstruction - Annuals of Plastic Surgery. January 2006; 56, 1: 31-35.
Latissimus Dorsi Reconstruction: A Good Option for Patients with Failed Breast Conservation Therapy? Annals of Plastic Surgery. August 2006; 57, 2: 134-137.
Diagnosis and Management of Type II Endoleak following Open Aortic Aneurysm Repair. Journal of Vascular Surgery 2007.
Techniques in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Chapter 6: Radiofrequency. Saunders
"This was the best experience, I just wanted to say thank you for all that you have done for my friend and I. We are both very pleased with your work and your level of professionalism. I was asked if there is any surgeon I would use who would it be. Without hestitation, I mentioned you and your staff. From start to finish it was the best experience and I wish you many more years of continued success.. I will continue to refer to you.. Again Thank you Rachael Sible"
"I am in my early 40's, BRACA positive, and have been living under the dark cloud of my fate since 2003. Every 3 mos I have been alternating the Diagnostic Mammogram, than the Bilateral MRI. I have been fortunate to of had my Breast Cancer caught very early in 2003 and have had 3 lumpectomies since. In May of 2010, 3 of my Doctors strongly suggested I have a Bilateral Mastectomy. I have had an ongoing issue in my right breast for the past 11 mos. and my emotions along with my Doctors care and concerns were nearing the end. My fate ran out and here I was in a daze having to choose a Plastic Surgeon to assist my surgeon during my proceedure. I was given a sheet a paper with a few Plastic Surgeons listed and was told to choose so we could proceed forward.I was still in shock, numb and felt like a walking zombie. I was definately not in any mental shape to make such an important decision. With the list in hand, and some referrals from friends, I set up 3 appointments with 3 Plastic Surgeons in the hopes that I would "just know" when I met the right one. Dr. Sternberg was my 1st appointment. Due to my Surgeons recommendations and another good feeling I had prior to meeting him, I felt he would be the perfect one to start off with.I just wanted to tell a little of my story so you can truly understand what I am about to disclose.I made my appointment with such a "Professional and Caring" member of his team. Ok, now onto the appointment. I arrived at Dr. Sternberg's office and what a "
"My experience with Dr. Sternberg and his staff was an absolute pleasure. I was welcomed and never felt like a patient being rushed through a procedure. Dr. Sternberg took the time necessary to listen and understand the look I wanted to achieve and we discussed several different options. I am very pleased with my results and will be returning for other services. I have recommended TruYou Plastic Surgery to friends and they have been equally impressed. Jacksonville is fortunate to have such a skilled and caring plastic surgeon. "
"Dr.Sternberg is the most caring and wonderful doctor ever. And his staff is great.... It's a joy to visit his office. "
"It has been 2 1/2 months now since my upper blepharoplasty, and I am TOTALLY pleased with the results. Doctors Sternberg and Hickman did an excellent job on my surgery, and I genuinely look 10 years younger! I am a middle-aged man who felt uneasy about having any plastic surgery procedures performed on me. I want to acknowledge both of the doctors and their staff in the very professional, understanding, and caring way they guided me through the entire process. I highly recommend TruYou Plastic Surgery to anyone who is seeking an excellent plastic surgery practice."
Lift your self-confidence with a breast lift (Mastopexy) procedure
Dr. Sternberg discusses the confidence you will gain with a breast lift.Read
Kickstart the New Year – ReUse that Unwanted Fat
Have that "get in better shape" New Years Resolution? Read along as Dr. Sternberg discusses using your own fat as a natural filler with Fat Grafting.Read
Q&A: Breast Cancer Reconstruction
Dr. Sternberg helps families dealing with this medical crisis and answers some initial questions regarding breast cancer reconstruction.Read