Jeffrey E. Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP (AM ’82) appointed as Surgeon General of

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

February 4, 2021


When I campaigned for General President, I committed to bring forth a new paradigm focusing on the improvement of the health of our Brotherhood as well as an extension of that awareness to impact our fraternity programming and even our community partners. It is with great pleasure that I name the Brother who will function as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s first surgeon general.  Brother Jeffrey Emery Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP, a 1982 initiate of the Alpha Mu Chapter seated at Northwestern University, is currently affiliated with the Beta Tau Lambda Chapter in Fort Worth, TX.  Bro. Dr. Sterling received his medical training from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He has also received executive education from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine.  In addition to his strong medical and public health background, Bro. Sterling also brings strong business and strategic acumen to this role as reflected through his leadership in several initiatives and businesses, including Sterling Initiatives, an international healthcare consulting and implementation firm that provides entities with clinical, operational, and financial best practices.  His unique mixture of medical practice, public health, and international healthcare business/consulting knowledge makes him an ideal fit for the strategic demands of this role.  Please join me in congratulating him on his appointment.

As I close this announcement, I am requesting all Brothers who are trained in Medicine, Biomedicine, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Public Health, Dentistry, Mental Health, International/Tropical Medicine, Health Sciences, and related areas to contact the administration at with a short message describing your field/professional activities and your CV.  We will be communicating additional information surrounding the launch of the Surgeon General Initiative for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity soon.  Until then, please stay safe and healthy.


Willis L. Lonzer, III, Ph.D.
General President