W. C. Sternbergh, III, MD

W. C. Sternbergh, III

 Dr. Sternbergh’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine.  He performed his general surgical training at the Medical College of Virginia and his vascular fellowship at Emory University.  Dr Sternbergh has been on staff at Ochsner since 1996.  He is nationally recognized for his expertise in Vascular Surgery, and is the author of more than 100 scientific publications and book chapters pertaining to vascular disease. Dr. Sternbergh literally "wrote the book" on the endovascular treatment of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm, published in the latest edition of “Rutherford’s Vascular Surgery”, the worldwide most respected textbook on vascular disease.  He has served in leadership roles in multiple vascular societies, including the President of the Peripheral Vascular Surgical Society, Board of Directors for the Society of Vascular Surgery, and the executive council of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery.   His areas of expertise include treatment of complex aortic aneurysms (endovascular and open), carotid stenting and endarterectomy, limb salvage procedures (endovascular and open), interventional treatment of blood clots (DVT), and dialysis access creation and maintenance.

Titles Held

Professor and Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Surgery
Program Director, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship

Clinical Interests

Aneurysmal Disease (Aortic, Visceral, Peripheral) - Endovascular Repair (Endografts: decending thoracic, infrarenal, popliteal), Open surgical repair. Carotid Artery Disease - percutaneous endovascular (stenting), Carotid endarterectomy. Peripheral Artery Disease - Percutaneous endovascular treatment (angioplasty/stenting), Aortic, femoral, tibial bypass surgery. Visceral Arterial Occlusive Disease - Renal Stenting, SMA/Celiac stenting, Open surgical reconstruction. Dialysis Access - AV Fistula creation, Fistulagrams/percutaneous Rx of stenosis or aneurysm, Treatment of vascular steal and IVC filter placement. Varicose Veins - Laser ablation of saphenous vein (EVLT).

Languages Spoken


Certifications Held

American Board of Surgery

  • Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Medical College of Virginia Hospitals
  • Residency: Medical College of Virginia Hospitals
  • Fellowship: Emory University Hospital