Stephen Sternberg

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Stephen S. Sternberg
Born (1920-07-30) 30 July 1920 (age 97)
New York City, New York
United States
Residence New York, New York
Nationality United States
Education Colby College; New York University School of Medicine
Occupation Physician; Pathologist; Author; Editor
Employer Cornell University; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Known for Work in experimental pathology; book and journal editorship in anatomic pathology & histology

Stephen S. Sternberg, M.D., F.C.A.P. (born July 30, 1920[1]) is a retired American surgical pathologist,[2] who worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for his entire career.

He is well known because of his editorship of two widely used reference books in anatomical pathology (Diagnostic Surgical Pathology[3] [now Sternberg's Diagnostic Surgical Pathology[4]] and Histology for Pathologists[5]). He was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Surgical Pathology, a position he held for 24 years,[6] and an expert in colorectal neoplasia.[7]


Sternberg is a native of Queens, New York, and was educated at Colby College, Waterville, Maine (B.S., class of 1941) and New York University School of Medicine (M.D., class of 1947). He subsequently completed postgraduate training in pathology at Charity Hospital, New Orleans, LA and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Sternberg joined the attending staff of the latter institution in 1951, and rose through the ranks of the Cornell University faculty to become Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics.


In addition to his work in hospital-based surgical pathology, Dr. Sternberg had a prolific career as an experimental pathologist.[8] His research topics included the toxicity of antineoplastic agents in laboratory animals, and the carcinogenic potential of selected chemical compounds in vertebrate organisms.

Work as a Consultant[edit]

Dr. Sternberg has been an advisor or consultant to several national and international medical organizations. Those include the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; the U.S. Food & Drug Administration; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the World Health Organization; the New York Science Policy Association; the American Council on Health & Science; the National Science Foundation; the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation; and the Dutch Cancer Society.


  1. ^ "Brasil, Cartões de Imigração, 1900-1965". FamilySearch. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Sternberg, Stephen S. New York State Education Department (Office of the Professions). URL: Accessed on: July 11, 2008.
  3. ^ Stephen S Sternberg (1999). Diagnostic Surgical Pathology: 3. ed. ISBN 978-0-397-58792-6. 
  4. ^ Stephen S. Sternberg; Stacey E. Mills; Darryl Carter (2004-03-01). Sternberg's Diagnostic Surgical Pathology, 4e. ISBN 978-0-7817-4051-7. 
  5. ^ Stephen S. Sternberg (1997). Histology for Pathologists. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 978-0-397-51718-3. 
  6. ^ Sternberg SS (June 2004). "Memoirs of an editor". Am. J. Surg. Pathol. 28 (6): 821–824. doi:10.1097/01.pas.0000126721.16602.a8. 
  7. ^ Rosenblum MK (January 2002). "2001 Fred Waldorf Stewart Award recipient: Stephen S. Sternberg, MD". Am. J. Surg. Pathol. 26 (1): 97–8. doi:10.1097/00000478-200201000-00012. PMID 11756775. 
  8. ^ Search Results for author Sternberg SS on PubMed.