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Sterling Elliott

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Team Lead, Ambulatory Surgery Practice
Clinical Pharmacist Lead, Ambulatory Surgery Practice


Areas of Focus

  • Pain management in surgery
  • Pain management in sports injuries
  • Opioid misuse, addiction and overdose death


  • Education of healthcare professionals to enhance care of patients with pain
  • Teaching healthcare professionals how to speak to patients about functionality-based post-operative pain management
  • Quality improvement research into functionality-based pain management
  • Morbidity and mortality outcomes of functionality-based pain management
  • Decision-making education of patients
  • Effectiveness of teaching programs for pharmacy and surgery learners to foster functionality-based approaches to post-operative pain management


Sterling Elliott's area of practice is concentrated in pharmacy related to surgery and procedures. He is an active teacher of pharmacy students and research collaborator with surgeons and researchers in Feinberg's departments of orthopaedic surgery and general surgery. His research focuses on multiple aspects of the impact of a novel, functionality-based approach to post-operative pain management.

Sterling has been featured as faculty for pharmacy continuing education. In addition, he has been featured as an expert guest on the impact of opioid misuse, addiction and overdose death in several Chicago media outlets. He also serves as Northwestern Memorial Hospital's site leader and spokesman for its participation as a host of National Prescription Drug Takeback Days in several Chicago and national media outlets.