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Specializing in Surgery for Pilonidal Disease

We are a specialized surgical practice caring for patients with Pilonidal Disease (often inaccurately referred to as pilonidal cyst), and ano-rectal disorders.  More than 200 patients from around the US and the World visit The Sternberg Clinic each year for treatment and pilonidal surgery.

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About Us

The Sternberg Clinic in San Francisco

Helping patients around the globe overcome Pilonidal Disease

Jeffrey Sternberg, MD, FACS, FASCRS, is a highly skilled, board-certified surgeon best known for his innovative surgery for pilonidal disease (often inaccurately called pilonidal cyst), a painful skin and tissue infection near the tailbone.

At The Sternberg Clinic in San Francisco, Dr. Sternberg has treated over 1,500 cases of pilonidal disease since 2000, and his surgical protocol, known as the Cleft Lift procedure, has cured nearly 100% of his patients from this common, but little known, disease. 


Meet your surgeon…
Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg

After many years performing major abdominal operations including open and laparoscopic resections for colon cancer, rectal cancer, Crohn’s disease, and Ulcerative colitis, I have chosen to concentrate my efforts in a few highly specialized areas of surgery where I feel I can make the greatest positive impact on patients.

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Treating Pilonidal Disease

Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg explains what Pilonidal Disease is, and isn’t

Pilonidal disease is often referred to as a ‘Pilonidal Cyst’, but that’s a misnomer

The Cleft Lift procedure has revolutionized Pilonidal Surgery

Are you a candidate for Cleft Lift surgery for pilonidal cyst and to treat your Pilonidal Disease? Start here

We are glad to say that we have helped many patients dealing with pilonidal disease (often inaccurately referred to as a pilonidal cyst).

Similar successful outcomes could be available to you. Our methods of surgery for pilonidal disease have been proven to fix the underlying root problems that cause pilonidal disease.

The Sternberg Clinic also performs general and colorectal surgery and general lumps and bumps.

Please contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment


Pilonidal Podcast: Dr. Sternberg explores the disease in 3 min. or less.
Ep. 1: What is Pilonidal Disease?

Hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Founder of The Sternberg Clinic for Pilonidal Surgery in San Francisco, California

Patient Resources

“If you can travel to San Francisco to dine at a fine restaurant or see a show, you can certainly travel to San Francisco to improve your life!”

-Patient at The Sternberg Clinic

Patient Testimonials: The Blog

Read success stories from surgery patients

  • This Procedure Has Truly Changed My Life

    I had the cleft lift procedure from Dr. Sternberg in May of 2022 and I couldn’t be happier!

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  • No More Fear of Flare-Ups

    It has been approximately six months since the surgery, and I have not experienced a single flare-up. It feels as though I can finally embrace life again without any concerns or worries.

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  • What Medical Care Can Look Like at its Best

    My experience with Dr. Sternberg and his team from the beginning was outstanding; everyone was kind and super responsive. At my first visit he took the time to sit down with me and explain the disease in a way that I had never understood before and we scheduled my surgery shortly thereafter.

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