Paul Sternberg, M.D.

G.W. Hale Professor and Chair
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Chief Medical Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Sternberg is the G. W. Hale Professor and Chairman of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a renowned retinal specialist, and has been named one of the Best Doctors in America for both medical and surgical retinal conditions every year since 1994. Dr. Sternberg maintains an active academic and research program, studying the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration. He has authored more than 230 scientific articles and 30 book chapters, and received research funding from the NIH, numerous foundations, and industry.

Honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Award, the Lew Wasserman Award of Merit from Research to Prevent Blindness and the Sommer Prize from the EyeCare Foundation. Dr. Sternberg has served on the boards of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, where he was vice president, and currently serves on the board of the International Retinal Research Foundation. In 2009, he took on additional leadership responsibilities at Vanderbilt as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Adult Health Affairs. Additionally, Dr. Sternberg is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee.


M.D., University of Chicago