Dr Stern has an undergraduate degree in computer science. After completing medical school he did residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics. He then completed fellowships in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. He also completed a masters in clinical research. He worked for the department of internal medicine at Carolinas Healthcare System for 5 years where he established the first ABMS accredited fellowship in the history of the department. He started Advanced Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, PLLC in January 2010 that focuses on high quality patient centered care. He is a founding partner of Advanced Medical Research, LLC which participates in clinical trials for a variety of pharmaceutical and medical device companies.