Esther M. Sternberg
Health Expert and Groundbreaking Author

Esther M. Sternberg, M.D. is internationally recognized for her discoveries in brain – immune interactions and the brain’s stress response in diseases including arthritis: the science of the mind-body interaction. She publishes numerous original scientific articles, reviews and textbook chapters in leading scientific journals and has authored the popular book, The Balance Within: The Science of Connecting Health and Emotions, now translated into Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic.


She has received the Public Health Service Superior Service Award; Arthritis Foundation William R. Felts Award; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services PHS Staff Recognition Award; FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation; NIMH Director’s Merit Award; was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and a committee of the Institute of Medicine; has testified before Congress; advised the World Health Organization, and is a member of the National Library of Medicine’s Literature Selection Technical Review (Medline) Committee.


Dr. Sternberg lectures and chairs conferences nationally and internationally, including the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), Nobel Forum (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm); is past-President of the International Society for Neuroimmunomodulation; co-directed the National Library of Medicine’s Exhibition on “Emotions and Disease” (1996); was featured in the NLM’s Exhibition on Women in Medicine (2004-05); and is featured in the 2006 PBS Television Special “The New Medicine”. She is frequently interviewed nationally and internationally in print, radio and television media on topics related to the science of the mind-body connection, how stress makes you sick and how believing can make you well.


Dr. Sternberg received her M.D. and Rheumatology training at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and was on the faculty at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, before joining the National Institutes of Health in 1986. Currently Chief of the Section on Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Sternberg is also Director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program, NIMH/NIH and Co-Chair of the NIH Intramural Program on Research in Women’s Health.

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The Balance Within
The Science Connecting Health and Emotions
Times Books

Since ancient times humans have felt intuitively that emotions and health are linked, and recently there has been much popular speculation about this notion. ...

The Balance Within: Dr. Sternberg discusses the link between health and emotions, and how stress and other emotional factors can manifest themselves.

Praise for The Balance Within

"Dr. Sternberg weaves historical perspective, recent lab results, academic rigor, and popular appeal into an engrossing book."
—Dallas Morning News

"One of the best books on emotions and health."

"A tour de force, a romp through centuries of scientific discovery written by an expert in the field who brings us to that point where mind speaks to body."
—Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner