Research Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine
“One of 300 women physicians who changed the face of medicine”
– National Library of Medicine
Having started out as a family Medical Doctor, then becoming a specialist in Rheumatology, she is now a world-renowned researcher, known for her groundbreaking work on the interaction between the central nervous system and the immune system.
The focus of her work is on the science of the mind body connection, how stress can make us sick, how believing can make us well, and how mind body wellness activities like meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, prayer, a healthy diet and exercise can help us heal. Some of her most groundbreaking research delves into the brain’s stress response and how it makes us susceptible to inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
She is recognized by the National Library of Medicine as one of 300 women physicians who changed the face of medicine and is the author of best-selling books “The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions” and “Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being.” In 2009, she co-created and hosted “The Science of Healing with Dr. Esther Sternberg” for PBS.
Dr. Sternberg has acted as adviser to several U.S. and international organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization.
She has also published numerous scientific and review articles and chapters in leading scientific journals including Nature Medicine, Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Scientific American, J. Clinical Investigation and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In her position as Professor of Medicine and Research Director at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona Dr. Sternberg is looking to the future of mind body medicine and researching smart-technology that can provide real time feedback on mind body interactions.
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