About Us

Penny Stern, MD, MPH

Penny SternPenny Stern MD, MPH

Great Neck, NY

pstern [at] americawalks.org

As a board-certified specialist in preventive medicine, Dr. Stern says she’s dedicated her life to health promotion and disease prevention. “It behooves us all to take every possible measure to reverse this troubling trend. I am personally devoted to walking.”

Dr. Stern is currently Director, Preventive Medicine at the Department of Population Health at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. She is an Assistant Professor of Population Health at the North Shore-LIJ Hofstra School of Medicine, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Health at the Weill-Cornell Medical College Department of Public Health and a Clinical Assistant at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Department of Preventive Medicine.

She earned an MD with distinction in neuropathology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society, and holds an MPH from the Columbia (now Mailman) School of Public Health. Trained in Preventive Medicine/Public Health (Cornell) and Occupational Medicine (Mount Sinai), she is a Fellow of both the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). She is also New York State-certified in medical acupuncture.

Prior to coming to NS-LIJ, Dr. Stern was the Deputy and Assistant Medical Director at the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program and served as the Medical Director at the Pfizer manufacturing facility in Brooklyn NY until its closure in 2008. Dr. Stern is also an experienced medical editor and journalist, having worked at Lifetime Medical Television, Medical News Network, and ReutersHealth.com.

Dr. Stern is or has served in leadership capacities at North Shore-LIJ, Mount Sinai, ACPM, ACOEM, and MSSNY (Medical Society of the State of New York) including current service as Secretary of the Faculty Council for the North Shore-LIJ Hofstra School of Medicine; as the current ACPM Northeast Regent; and as the President of New York Occupational and Environmental Medical Association in 2010-2011; among many other positions.