Jeffrey Sterling MD

Efficiency, Productivity


Jeffrey E. Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP is a physician, speaker, author, executive and international leader in community-based medicine, health care, and public health. He serves as President & CEO of Sterling Initiatives (SI), a healthcare consulting and implementation firm, assisting entities incorporate best practices.

With degrees from Northwestern University, Harvard University School of Public Health (Health Policy Management), and the University of Illinois College Of Medicine, he completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Sterling is a frequently sought out speaker on topics of medicine, public health, and personal and business productivity. He has delivered over 1,000 lectures internationally since 2000.

Dr. Sterling is active in a number of community and professional associations and is especially interested in empowering scholastic excellence. In addition to authoring his medical and public health blog, Straight, No Chaser, he actively mentors close to 100 youth, serves as Chair of an endowment fund at Northwestern University for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, co-founded The NUBAA Archives (the first effort toward the documentation of the history of Blacks at Northwestern University) and served as Executive Producer of the documentary The Takeover: The Revolution of the Black Experience at Northwestern University. He has an endowment fund named in his honor by the Student National Medical Association.

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72 Hour Life: Using Efficiency to Better Enjoy Every Part of Your Life

Jeffrey E. Sterling, MD, MPH, often finds himself with a little more extra time than everyone else forty-eight hours a day, to be exact! Now Dr. Sterling shares his brilliant and easy-to-follow steps to increase efficiency. He shares invaluable insight into the concept of five-minute efficiency. Not only does his method give you a sense of accomplishment, but it propels you forward into greater productivity. Along with examples, Dr. Sterling provides detailed descriptions on how to become better organized, how to be not only more productive but also more effective, and how to master these skills for all future endeavors. Find more time for the activities you want to pursue, transform your philosophy on life, and begin living your days to their fullest. Soon you’ll wonder what to do with all the extra time you’ll have on your hands!
Dr. Sterling’s talk includes:

  • Easy to follow steps to increase efficiency
  • Propelling into greater productivity
  • Five-minute efficiency
  • How to become better organized


Authentic. This is how I would describe Jeff Sterling. Having known Jeff since the early days of his career, I immediately saw him as a leader who was knowledgeable and perceptive beyond his years. Dr. Sterling speaks in a straightforward manner with keen insights, genuine compassion and a not-so-cryptic humor grown out of a rich array of personal pursuits and professional experiences.

Annette McLaneAssociate Director of Programs and Conference Services, Student National Medical Association

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