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Areas of Expertise

Dr. Sternbach specializes in minimally invasive treatment of benign and malignant conditions of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum, pleura and chest wall, esophageal motility disorders and reflux disease (GERD), robotic and video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS).

Curriculum Vitae
Joel M. Sternbach, MD

Clinical Experience
Thoracic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, VATS, Esophageal Diseases, General Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, Lung Surgery
Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Education and Professional Achievements

Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, 2011


General Surgery, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, 2018


Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, 2020

Professional Activities and Awards

Bechily-Hodes Fellow in Esophagology, 2014-2016
American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, 2014-2016
Research Grant Award Recipient

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