Dr. Sterns started his medical training at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Postgraduate training was carried out at the University of Calgary, the University of British Columbia, and Heidelberg University in Germany. He started on staff at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and then moved to Victoria in 1997.
In Victoria, he helped start the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator program in 1998 and has helped to advance the electrophysiology division over the last 20 years. He is currently the head of the electrophysiology program and pacemaker/ICD program at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. He is also the current chair of the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society device committee and is the current vice president and incoming president of the CHRS.