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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Clifford Stark is a board certified physician with dual certification in both sports medicine and primary care. He is currently a member of the teaching faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center, having been on faculty at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital as the Director of Sports Medicine and Orthopedics for the family medicine residency for 6 years.
Dr. Stark currently serves as a team physician for various national organizations including USA Gymnastics, and has treated many world-class athletes at facilities across the nation, including the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Dr. Stark himself was a competitive tennis player and teaching professional around the nation for more than 10 years, so he also has first-hand experience of athletic participation at all levels.
Dr. Stark is one of only a select few physicians in the nation (and merely a handful in NY) specifically trained in primary care sports medicine, along with further specialization in state-of-the-art nonsurgical treatments for musculoskeletal injuries, such as prolotherapy, PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections and osteopathic manipulation.
Verified Patient Reviews
Got to the issue and did thorough exam
Dr. Stark is exceptional. He took the time to get to know me and thoroughly examine my situation. We discussed options and he outlined what to expect from each scenario. The procedure went very well and I am over the moon with the results!
very good visit. Dr. Stark was great at diagnosing root problems for a knee condition and had great suggestions for rehabbing and strengthening before any consideration of surgery. Extremely empathetic and knowledgable.
Very knowledgable about athlete's and runner's issues
The doctor was very knowledgable and nice. He seemed a bit distracted though with his phone. There was an assistant who did intake who was very knowledgable, attentive, and made sure the doctor knew all the right information.
Always very thorough, including a full exam by a fellow, and thoughtful.
Dr. Stark is amazing. I have been working with him for several months to resolve my medical issue. He strives to provide the best solution to fit the patient's needs and individual lifestyle.
Wait time was a bit long, but I was the last scheduled appointment of the day, so that's to be expected, and Dr. Stark apologized anyway. He introduced me to a medical fellow who evaluated me beforehand. I didn't mind this at all. I understand that some people might, but do your research before going to the clinic -- it's a teaching clinic that takes on fellows and residents. If you don't like that, don't go. I thought both the fellow and Dr. Stark where very kind and professional, and I'm happy with the PT plan they came up with for me. I asked him some questions related to insurance and he was happy to look into them on the spot. Not many doctors do that. He's a good doctor and Sports Medicine at Chelsea is a good clinic - I recommend them!
I've been going to Dr Stark since he opened over 10 years ago. He gives you his full undivided attention and makes you feel very well cared for, unique in NYC where most doctors visits feel like a hurried transaction. His staff is wonderful as well, especially one of his PAs - Suri.
Figured out that i was misdiagnosed in the ER and answered all of my questions. Felt very confident that i was in good hands.
he and his staff are wonderful. i look forward to continued work with them.
Swift processing of patients. On time for appointment. Good thorough diagnostics. Top notch.
My visit in the office and with Dr. Stark was excellent. He and his staff are both professional and efficient. Dr. Stark took his time with my initial exam and explained everything in understandable terms, as well as laying out a pragmatic timeline for my treatment. And yet more, everyone was very polite!
I like Clifford a lot and would like another appointment.
Professional , friendly .
Dr. Stark had two interns following him on the day of my visit, which was great. Everyone was interested and engaged, even though my knee pain / issue was relatively minor. I especially appreciated the imaging Dr. Stark did during the appointment, in addition to the manual tests. He then suggested that I get my knee taped by the PT in the office. Turned out that the PT had a cancellation, so I was able to jump right into PT and receive the help I needed. This meant that Dr. Stark personally came into introduce me and my knee to the PT. Friendly and personable. I would highly recommend this doctor and this office to anyone.
Dr. Clifford Stark was extremely professional and efficient. He patiently listened to the circumstances of my problem and immediately proposed steps I can take. I found the office to be very clean, conveniently located, and flexible (offering many appointment times, etc.). It's front desk is well staffed (4-5 people)! I would highly recommend the practice.
Dr. Stark was recommended to me by someone who told me he greatly helped her with plantar fasciitis and other foot pain issues, through plasma injections / PrP. He seems to be knowledgeable, but my main issues are: 1 - On all 3 visits, I was seen first by residents who didn't seem to know much about what they were doing. They were kind and tried to be thorough, but I ended up repeating everything when Dr. Stark came in and having to double check answers to my questions. 2 - Dr. Stark appears to book more than one patient at a time. I didn't mind this so much during my consultation, but when the day of my procedure came, he was rushing in and out of the room, giving his residents tasks I would prefer were done by him. The residents couldn't find a good vein to draw blood from, so they poked around and had to give up until the doctor came in. 3 - He had his resident do the first injection (under his close supervision) before he took over, thankfully. I did not want my feet to be used as training grounds! If that was to be the case, I would not have gone to him in the first place. He never asked if it was OK if the resident did the injection. 4 - He seemed rushed. He was kind enough and answered my questions, but a bit abruptly, since he had to run out to see another patient. 5 - He returns calls on the same day when you e-mail the office with questions, but he's not the kind of doctor who will give you his cell number or personal e-mail address after your procedure. Guess he has too many patients to do this. 6 - I'm told it will take a few weeks to see the outcome of the treatment. I'm hoping it works, and if it does, I would go back to him to treat the other parts of my feet, despite all the points I made above. I just wouldn't want to start over with a new doctor. If he would just lighten his patient load and rely less on his novice residents, I think his service would improve tremendously.
Very knowledgeable, trustworthy and takes time to explain ailments/treatment options.
One of the best doctor visits I've ever had. The staff were warm and friendly. Dr. Stark was incredibly knowledgeable, kind and explained everything to me in detail. Looking forward to my return visit.
I was initially told by receptionist that Dr. Stark was running about 20 mins late. Dr. Stark actually came out to get someone else and asked if it was ok for his fellow to see me at first and he'd be right in. That's exactly what happened and I had a great experience. Same for my shoulder sonogram... I was given a game plan and well taken care of. I would definitely recommend Dr. Stark, he knows his stuff!
Very knowledgeable and suggested a treatment that helped to improved my condition and reduce pain.
Met with Dr. Stark today for chronic joint pain. He was thorough with determining cause through questions and examination. I appreciated that he was personable with a friendly attitude and showed he wanted to give the best treatment possible. Even though the office was very busy he still took time to answer all questions and concerns I presented without feeling rushed out. I have confidence that I'm on the right track.
Dr. Stark is an athlete who cares about getting other athletes back in the game. He is well versed in state of the art options like prolotherepy and stem cell treatments and takes the time to explain options. That's rare in the medical field where doctors are very specialized and tend to have a bias to recommend what they do. Dr. Stark is patient-centered and thoughtful.
More time, less haste with patients during appointments. He examines quickly, speaks quickly, uses opportunities to teach his medical students if any are present but little concentration on true patient care given his haste. However, he is knowledgeable and considerate. But his anxiety of being on time with his next scheduled patient is extremely discomforting and not at all preferable.
Phenomenal doctor and staff who truly care about you and your needs. Timely, professional, and thorough. I truly could not recommend Dr. Stark and the entire staff more.
Great doc and service! Highly recommend!
Dr. Stark was very professional and diagnosed and treated this chronic problem of mine very quickly! Being in the healthcare field (RN), you'll know a good doctor when you see one. I appreciated his expertise and bedside manner. A+, Dr. Stark!
I was very impressed with my overall experience from the moment I arrived at reception to meeting the Doctor it was very professional and welcoming. Doctor Stark was very good at explaining the issues and procedures and made me feel extremely relaxed and at ease. He explained everything to me with great care so that I completely understood the next steps. I would definitely recommend Doctor Stark to my friends and family.
In NYC, I always expect a wait, which there was here, but Dr Stark personally told me he was running behind and apologized which I thought was nice. An intern Dr met with me before Dr Stark came in, which was fine be me. It in no way made me feel that I had less of Dr Starks attention. I thought he was great. I especially liked that he helped me find solutions that didn't involving writing a prescription. I would recommend.
I'm a first-time patient of Dr. Stark and went to him for a 2nd opinion after being referred for a hip replacement. Dr. Stark took the time to learn more about the root cause of the degeneration in my hip. He also took the time to articulate various treatment options, the pros and cons of each, including some options for regenerative therapies. He was far more thorough and inquisitive in his evaluation than any other physician. I would strongly encourage people with join injuries and especially candidates for joint replacement to see Dr. Stark before undergoing surgery.
I went for altitude sickness and prevention while skiing. I wanted to make sure I was seeing a doctor that understood the importance of skiing to me to find a solution and I made the right choice by going to Dr Stark. We came up with a game plan and he was very knowledgable and thoughtful when giving his recommendations.
Dr. Stark is awesome. He really took the time with both me and my husband to get to the bottom of our injuries and talk through next best steps.
Very friendly, caring, engaging and professional!
He was great - very to the point. Addressed where the pain was coming from & did some exercises to help reduce pain. Recommended PT if the pain persists.
He was pretty helpful, he asked me do certain motions to find out where exactly the pain is and once he was sure, he referred me to physio sessions which was within his office "Sports Medicine at Chelsea". Everything was good until today when I went to physio for my today's appointment only to find out that there is an extra charge of $50 for no show for an appointment 2 weeks ago which I didn't make. They didn't notify me about this appointment too and forced me to pay $20 (instead of $50) at the end before leaving the office. During our conversation about the notification when I told them I didn't even receive any notification, they asked me to "call gmail" and lodge a complaint with them. Overall, visit to doctor was good but the office experience was too bad that I'll never go back there again.
Helpful reception staff Easy on line check in at the desk Nice surroundings Prompt
He is very thorough, takes a ton of notes, and knows his stuff by examining you while testing and teaching his students. Almost always recommends PT and taping and believes this will do the trick (it almost always does). I appreciate that he does not immediately write a script for an expensive MRI or rush to imagining. Just by examining you he can pretty much give a diagnosis and then has you follow up if PT doesn't work to then possibly do imagining.
While I like Dr. Stark a lot, here are some changes I recommend: 1. Every time I go there, there is a different resident and I have re-explain everything. 2. The resident spends most time with me. Dr. Stark only comes in for the last 10 min. I empathize that we're all busy but this is my health and want my full half hour to be with the doctor. 3. the time with the doctor is very rushed often needing follow up calls. During the calls I am told 'we talked about this." actually that is not the case. What might seem obvious to the doctor is not to the patient. The in person time with the doctor is so quick it take a bit to process the information and then I call back 4. I recommend trying to maximize patient-doc time. I get we're all busy and have a high volume of patients - like I said, this is my health and that should be priority Thanks!
I received excellent care from the doctors and would recommend them.
For my first visit: I was really pleased.
Terrible experience today. It's the third time I see Dr. Stark due to a shoulder dislocation and the previous two visits were great, but today it was an awful visit. One of their residents saw me, he was new there and didn't know how to use their computer system, which was fine at first, but he asked me a lot of questions that were in my file. He asked me three times what shoulder was hurt and started to ask questions about my case, but everything was on the computer in front of him, even past treatments. Then a different resident showed up to help out, asked what shoulder was hurt and started to ask the same questions until I told him that everything should be on my history file and remained silent until he found my case on the computer and read it. Then they asked Dr. Stark to see me. He didn't remember much about my case and was going to diagnose me based on his memory. He thought I injured myself less than a month ago, but I had to insist that I saw him the first time more than a month ago. Then it felt like I was going to get a bad diagnosis due to that mistake. He also asked if I was righty or lefty, which the residents also asked; this is minor, but it shows that they didn't fully read my case or paid attention to the questions they asked me. Dr. Stark probably spent 3 minutes in the room with me and the residents, did a few tests with my shoulder, then and asked the residents a couple of questions about anatomy that they didn't know how to answer, which was embarrassing and created an uncomfortable situation. It felt like Dr. Stark was in a rush and couldn't spend more than a couple of minutes with me. Something unusual happened today because the past visits were pretty good.
Dr. Stark and the physicians in residency were extremely attentive!
Have been a patient for over 12 years. Excellent care provider.
The wait time is very short and Dr. Stark really knows what he is talking about. His bedside manner though could be improved on. He is very short with is patients and I felt like I was always being rushed. I spend more time with his assistants or interns than the actual Doctor.
I arrived at my appointment early and was called into the exam room early. A medical student evaluated me first, then I waited for maybe 10-15 minutes to see Dr. Stark. The med student told Dr. Stark what I had told him and about his findings in evaluating me condition. Dr. Stark repeated a couple of things the med student had done with me, noting some things the student didn't pick up on. He then explained what my condition was and suggested I go to physical therapy (which is offered within his practice). I really like the fact that I was evaluated by both the med student and Dr. Stark. I felt like I was being evaluated most thoroughly and all of my symptoms taken into account. The whole practice is incredibly professional, and I feel respected as a patient.
I was not satisfied with the Dr. Stark's approach and bed side manner. Dr Stark approach seemed like he was doing me a favor. He did not really speak to me directly he was speaking to the other Doctor as if I was not in the room. i will say the Dr. that did the intake and took are the information was excellent and had a great bed side manner
Dr. Stark took a lot of time to diagnose and discuss with me. I feel very well taken care of.
Dr Stark was very detailed in his explanation about my symptoms, and provided treatment options that I can choose from.
Knowledgeable & conscientious. I'd recommend him.
As a retired medical provider - I must say that I was impressed at the level of professionalism and for the relief of my chronic pain.
Dr Stark was very thorough, and quickly assessed my son's condition.
previous visits to the clinic
Dr. Stark was very knowledgeable, asked a lot of questions, wrote everything down, and wanted to get to the bottom of my problems. That's refreshing after so many doctors who just want to give a diagnosis, write a prescription, and walk away. He is also very knowledgeable about the pelvic region, which has also been rare in my experience. His bedside manner was very professional.
Excellent Dr. Should I injure myself again, he will be the first Dr. I call.
I think he was very professional and was very thorough with my child. He explained how his injury was caused and how to fix the problem.
It was good. This is my default place since i am very active and have minor injuries occasionally. Dr Stark wrapped me up, asked me to PT my hamstring and be back in 2 weeks. the intern that was with him looked a little bored though seeing me. Looking forward to PT here.
This doctor is superb. I have seen 5 doctors for this injury. And Dr. Stark is by far the most expert compassionate and accessible Dr. I have seen. He took a great deal of time to understand my acute injury, medical records and imaging to me. I will be returning and making referrals.
There was no wait whatsoever and I was in and out in about a half hour. Everyone was very nice and the receptionist walked me through what my insurance would pay for regarding physical therapy, and set me up with appointments right away. I felt like Dr. Stark knew what he was talking about and I was very comfortable with the interaction.
His bedside manor was fine. His instance that we use the PT guy in his office because he has "special techniques" was such bull. The PT guy was a total wacko.
Very professional and friendly. I really like that no excessive tests and treatments were forced at all.
I first saw a medical resident who went through my symptoms with me and was helpful in identifying triggers. Dr. Stark came in and backed up the residents findings and prescribed me to attend physical therapy. Very helpful in identifying why I was having back pain!
He was a nice guy who took time to examine me and answer all of my questions. At times he seemed flustered, maybe because it was around lunch time or trying to multi task talking to me and writing down his notes. Overall all decent doctor,
Explained everything very well, broke things down and did not assume I had a medical/healthcare background. Didn't feel as though he was running a bunch of tests or xrays to rack up the insurance bill - was very thoughtful in his recommendation of next steps. Highly professional and a very pleasant experience.
Very professional and knowledgeable Doctor.
He's very professional and good
Dr. Stark was great. Very thorough and took the time to explain what he was testing. He also did a quick manipulation to help me relieve some immediate pain, even though he was pretty busy that evening. I think as a result of the time he takes with each patient, and because he takes multiple patients at once, you may end up waiting a little bit more while he goes back and forth. It didn't bother me but it's something to be aware of.
Dr Stark was a class act. He knew what he was talking about, he took his time answering questions, he was patient and listened to my comments, he did not push for any treatments outside my visits,...he was as good as they get.
I've seen Dr Stark for a variety of sports injuries and am highly pleased with the care I have received. He's excellent about explaining what is wrong, and prescribing appropriate treatment. I have also generally been able to get a next-day appointment, which is reassuring in my active lifestyle! Highly recommended.
It was just the run of the mill doctor who doesn't actually do imaging or anything else, just says you need to stop doing whatever you are doing and do physical therapy. To me that is not really a solution.
Very knowledgeable, and clearly passionate about what he does. He asked permission before his Fellow joined the visit, and it was interesting to hear the dialogue between him and the Fellow - I learned a lot about my anatomy and condition. He was honest and encouraged more conservative treatment, weighed the pros and cons both financial and otherwise, and ultimately helped me make my own decision that was best for me. Highly recommend.
Office was on time with my appointment and staff was very professional. Dr Stark took the time to speak with me, I didn't feel rushed and he answered all of my questions. Great visit and I highly recommend him.
Dr. Stark was a pleasure. He diagnosed me quickly, explained everything clearly. Thank you!
I was very pleased with the entire visit. I arrived nearly 20 minutes late for my 1st consultation, and was still treated with much enthusiasm, not just from the front desk personnels, but the doctor himself. It's not easy to find medical practices where your valued more as a patient to be helped, rather than your mode of payment to the services. Actions speak louder than words, and Dr. Starks is all about getting it done genuinely & professionally.
The appointment went as well as I hoped it would. The problem was isolated and dealt with.
He's the best
Overall the visit was good. The doctor is wonderful, and so is the PT girl I saw (Megan). Only down side is the front desk staff is terrible, they ignore you when you walk in, or walk up to them, they didn't seem to have the ZocDoc paperwork I filled out, and just were overall kinda rude.
It was a very good visit. I look forward to returning, and I'll recommend him in the future.
2nd time I've seen Dr Stark and like him even more than the 1st time . Terrific guy that answers all questions like a real pro should
Dr. Stark has been my PCP for going on 15 years. He is phenomenal. He always seems to have all the time he needs to talk to me and walk me through the purpose of my visit.
Always professional, always sharp. Great bedside manner.
An Absolutly professional wonderful experience from start to finish, Dr Stark is at the top of his profession, my Injury felt it couldn't be on better hands, His staff friendly and excellent as well 7 star review pleSe, if 5 stars is an A .. Dr stark gets 7
I met with Clifford Stark and one of his residents and they both had excellent bedside manner. Dr. Stark gave excellent analogies to explain both the cause of my pain and his recommendations for moving forward. They both spent a significant amount of time with me and answered all of my questions.
He was very thorough in questions he asked. Took time to listen and offered his opinion as to what he seemed was the health issue. He did not rush through the visit and made me feel confident. Would definetly recommend him.
was very good
He is the best Dr. I have exoerienced. I will recommend him to all my friends.
Very professional and attentive , very glad I found him.
I'm a huge fan. Like many I've bounced around to a few different Dr's offices looking for someone who seems to really know their stuff while being incredibly personable. Dr. Stark certainly has both in excess.
I have carpal tunnel. A surgeon told me I needed surgery, but I felt the procedure wouldn't adequately address the problem. Before the carpal tunnel started, I was experiencing severe shoulder and neck pain. I felt that the two must be connected. The surgeon, of course, said, I needed surgery and afterwards we can discuss physical therapy. I consulted with a DO (not Dr. Stark), and she prescribed a bunch of stretching exercises for my pecs (not my shoulders or neck.) I have been doing the stretches for months, but I was still experiencing carpal tunnel symptoms. So my husband suggested that I see his DO, Dr. Stark. After examining me for a few minutes, Dr. Stark pressed his finger into a nook above my shoulder blade--I immediately felt it in my hand. As I original thought, and he confirmed it, that's where my carpal tunnel originated. I am starting physical therapy next week. Dr. Stark said there's a list of things we can do to correct the problem first before even considering surgery. I highly recommend him.
I look forward to using this doc
Gave me some great stretches to alleviate pain I was having. Felt like he gave me so long term solutions to pain I was having.
Very professional and direct to the point
Great visit - very thorough (both in the questions they asked and with the exam), professional, answered all of my (many) questions. It's a teaching environment which I also liked. Great that PT is under the same roof too! Looking forward to working with him and his team further.
I love him, he is smart and just gets it. Best medical I've had in NYC. Thank you
Very professional and knowledgable. I will definitely see him again and recommend him highly.
Was able to diagnose my condition relative quickly and answered all my questions. An overall, pleasant visit.
My visit with Dr. Stark was terrific. Really bright, straight shooting guy who understands the complexities of sports injuries.
It was refreshing to visit a well-run office with competent staff. Medical/Personal info transferred properly from ZocDoc. They understood my insurance and clearly communicated what would/wouldn't be covered. The appointment started on-time. Clear guidance and feedback on my issue from Dr. Stark. He did not rush me.
Great doctor. Better than others that I have seen. Comprehensive and knows how to find and fix issues.
Dr. Stark has always been on time. He is extremely thorough with his examination and clearly explains the condition and recommended treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Stark. Thomas B.
Very professional and knowledgeable. An excellent experience. I would highly recommend him.
I feel like my faith in the medical community of NYC has been restored. This is the best attention and most intelligent conversation I have had with a physician since I moved to NY. He took the time to listen, asked questions, and addressed all my concerns. Very glad I found this gem.
Dr. Stark is a great sports doctor.
Excellent doctor. Dr. Stark listened and respected my concerns and worked with me to include my preferences in my treatment. He never made me feel rushed and seemed to genuinely care about my treatment, taking time to answer my questions and get accurate information about my medical history and progress. The staff are excellent as well, both at the front desk and the physical therapists. I've had many phone calls and visits with them and I've always had a great and easy experience.
I love seeing Dr. Stark. I have been (based on a fellow athlete recommending him) for a few years ago and he's a great listener and puts you instantly at ease. The teaching aspect (having to be assessed but a med student before seeing him) can be kind of annoying but generally I'm fine with the process and they always ask permission before hand.
Went to visit about a sports injury. He was very thorough and made sure that we were identifying the correct issue and cause of pain. I was very happy with how attentive and responsive he was to my issue.
Dr. Stark and his assistants were extemely thorough in diagnosing my knee pain. He used a visual model to show me why I was experiencing pain and encouraged me that, with help, my knee pain would be alleviated. He referred me to one of the physical therapists and after several sessions, I am pain free!
Although I had to wait a while, I was seen by a 4th year medical student who did a pre-assessment. I appreciate that Dr. Stark is training other future DOs and the repeat assessment assures that all relevant symptoms are covered. I did not feel rushed at all during communication with Dr. Stark, and he admitted where he felt less than 100% certain about treatment approach. When a doctor admits uncertainty, it increases my confidence in them! Altogether a very satisfactory treatment experience.
Dr. Stark, was very attentative and helped me in pinpointing the reason for all of my aches. As an active runner, I have more pain in my lower part of the legs and thought it was mostly due to my Ankle. He recommended some PT and an xray just incase. He was very helpful and knew what he was talking about! Highly recommended.
I spent too much with the fellows vs the DR. The DR seemed disinterested and not very engaged
Excellent. It is a teaching institution, and I saw the student first. He did a great diagnostic and then brought Dr. Stark in for further consultation. Prompt, on-time, started with recommending a conservative course of treatment rather than some crazy procedure.
This is MY doctor! Well informed, efficient. Personable and good manner. Been with him for more than a decade. His staff is great too!
Dr. Stark DO was very thorough. He knew what he was doing. He analyzed my foot problem. Dr. Stark was professional and courteous. I look forward to the physical therapy. I am in good hands.
Great experience-i got appointment same day, no wait time and amazing treatment. Wonderful staff ! This place is a well kept secret
Dr. Stark was highly professional, extremely thorough in his evaluation, and spoke in such a way that was easy to understand. He had a medical student working alongside him, and it was evident by his teaching methods that he is highly knowledgeable about his profession. He explained his rationale for his diagnosis and treatment options, and he did not try to sell me extra services. I would recommend him to colleagues, friends, and family in a heartbeat if they need to consult someone in the sports medicine field.
I was warned that the Dr. was running late and the staff apologized. I then --almost immediately-- saw a fellow who did a pre-assessment. When that was done, Dr. Stark came in. He did a thorough assessment and reviewed possible treatment options for my condition, proposing to start with the most conservative approach. Entirely reasonable and straightforward. Maybe not the most warm and talkative guy on the planet, but I felt that his assessment and treatment approach was excellent.
I am biased. Dr. Stark has been my GP for the better part of 15 years. I love him and his practice.
Terrific office. Not only is Dr. Stark entirely professional, knowledgeable and involved, but the front office staff is great. They are super friendly, responsive and helpful. I've also been seen by Dr. Degenhardt, another doctor in the practice, who is terrific. I've bounced around NYC for years looking for a good medical practice in which I feel comfortable, confident and cared for and was always disappointed. This time I'm really happy with it. (It may sound like I'm someone's brother-in-law, but I'm just a patient...)
I've seen this doctor twice, once for bronchitis and once for an issue with my toe. When I went in for the tail end of bronchitis, he said "Well, they probably aren't going to help, but I'll write you a prescription for antibiotics." I asked how long I should use back-up birth control since I know that antibiotics can interfere with hormonal birth control. He said "huh, hang on," and when he came back, he said "four to six weeks." I ask, "Four to six weeks depending on what?" and he said... "depending on how badly you need to not get pregnant." I didn't take the antibiotics, and I shouldn't have come back. He was not gentle with me when I came to get a toe injury inspected and I felt like he wasn't listening to me at all. Thumbs (and toes, and uteruses) down.
Excellent sports medicine doc. One of the best in nyc. Certainly understands weightlifting/athletic injuries.
Dr. Stark and the whole team at Sports Medicine Chelsea are wonderful!
I learned a bit about my condition, but not too much. It felt as if I was boring the doctor a bit, while I was actually trying to explain a bit what I do that may have caused the problem.
As a new patient , I was really impressed with how quickly the whole processed was. I called today and lucky for me they had an appointment that worked for me ,same day . Filled out the new patients form and 10 mins or less I was seen. Highly recommend.
Couldn't be happier with my experience. Great doctor and staff. Very knowledgeable, nice and thorough. Highly recommend.
ALWAYS GOOD BUT SUPRISED I WAS NOT CALLED TO FOLLOW UP ON FEW REFERRALS I WAS GIVEN FOR TESTS, ETC..
Great visit! Would highly recommend Dr. Stark.
Quick, pleasant and to the point!
best sport doctor I have seen
Overall a great experience. A little too much time on the computer in the exam process, but otherwise a friendly, knowledgeable and concerned doctor who takes time to get to the heart of the matter.
Dr. Stark was friendly, attentive and professional. The staff in the waiting room were knowledgable and friendly. It was a positive experience.
I felt like Dr. Stark listened to my history and concern about my injury. He conducted a thorough assessment and gave me advice on activities and exercises, as well as a PT referral. I've also had an excellent experience with the PT in this practice.
Generally big fan of Dr. Stark and his staff. They are engaged, cordial and Dr. Stark brings great experience to the table. They are neither too conservative nor laissez faire about your care - they try to combine reasonable care and personal goals/preferences.
The experience was good. I was met by two interns (doctors) who gave me my preliminary exam. Dr. Stark came in a few min later and collaborated with the two younger doctors and evaluated their diagnosis. the environment was very much the "master and his pupils". I felt very comfortable with his knowledge and am very happy with his diagnosis. I was also happy to see him mentoring younger doctors.
Very adept doctor, he assuaged my concerns very quickly and clearly understood how the pain was caused.
He was very knowledgeable, he was able to pin point my injury immediately and offer suggestions on treatments.
I was annoyed by the wait time, shouldn't have to wait for 30+ minutes when you have an appointment, and zero explanation is given to the delay. I also feel as though Dr. Stark desires to get to know me or relate. I felt very much like a subject instead of a person.
Very thorough and knowledgeable examination. Dr. Stark pinpointed the issue that another doctor had missed and gave me some quick treatment that had an immediate effect. Will continue to visit his office.
It was a very pleasant experience
I had an impressive experience. I arrived promptly at my scheduled appointment time and checked in. I was given paperwork to fill out and within 2 minutes of my arrival, as I was filling out the required paperwork, I was led into a patient room where I met with a fellow. He reviewed all my symptoms and ailments and did some tests. About five minutes later, Dr. Stark came in and reviewed, discussed, and confirmed the fellow's conclusions. We then collectively discussed a plan for treatment and had a friendly chat about non-medical topics. 50 minutes later, I was on my way out. Great friendly service all around and AMAZING adherence to the appointment time. In all my doctor visits over these last 25 years, I think this might be the first time I have been examined within 5 minutes of my scheduled appointment time. Finally, it was great to have multiple opinions about my ailments and to feel like the examination was thorough given that I spent 45 minutes in the examination room. My typical experiences with health professionals is having to wait 30+ minutes past my scheduled appointment time, only to be seen for 5 minutes, before a hasty conclusion is made, and I am shuttled out the door for the next patient. Today's experience was refreshing and a relief. Thank you Dr. Stark and staff for a great experience.
I felt like he was very thorough with my examination and listened and answered all my questions confidently. I don't like going to the doctors and hold off for as long as possible, but I wouldn't dread seeing Dr. Stark!
I was utterly impressed with the professionalism and duty of care. At no point I felt rushed. On the contrary! I left feeling like I had found the right doctor's surgery. Highly recommend them
What a great office! Very convenient to the subway and I barely had to wait in the waiting room. Dr. Stark has excellent bedside manner and made me feel really comfortable (I'm a very jumpy patient.) He answered all my questions very professionally. He did a very thorough assessment and I left his office feeling great. He is highly recommended.
Very professional and pleasant staff. Dr. Stark and his assistant took the time to fully understand my issues and thoroughly explained all possible causes of the problems.Would certainly recommend.
quite good, took a bit to get me in but it was a decent visit and I think everything was addressed nicely.
Very thorough, timely and cared about my issue
Loved it! He was very attentive and made sure to check on me in the waiting room ever so often since we were running a bit late. It was my first time and was pretty nervous coming in but he made the experience extra comfortable, fun, and addressed all my questions concerns and issues.
Great. It was nice that I was able to see the Doctor directly. I had to wait and during that time I was able to be seen by a resident doctor which was fine. It was almost better in a way because I was able to talk in detail about my pain and then she was able to take my explanations and communicate them in a language that Dr. Stark understood quickly and then was able to communicate back to me regarding the proper next steps.
professional, knowledgeable, friendly
Dr Stark did an awesome job
Very thorough. Has residdents and fellows in the office - which I loved because I was able to get a more rigorous evaluation and there was a lot of education around what he was doing and what he was seeing.
He is a great doctor he make sures he addresses all your problems, and does not push unnecessary treatments on you . He works with you and is helping me with my hypermobility. I have seen many doctors about my condition who have wasted my time but Dr.Stark is taking it step by step and I'm glad he is my doctor.
My visit was awesome! Felt at ease the whole time.
He is very organized, gets right to the heart of the matter. Uses technology appropriately, gave me extra time as he'd had to spend time with students. I very much like that he always has a student or two trailing. Teachers keep their skills sharp.
As a competitive athlete its important for me to be given guidance from my doctor that allows me to continue training and competing. "stay off it for a few weeks" is unacceptable and is PAR for the course for many doctors. Dr. Stark is thankfully very well traveled, so to speak, and understood my needs as an athlete. He gave me advice on my training methodology to circumvent my issue without the need to stop my training. Furthermore I went to him again after coming down with a throat infection of sorts. I must be unlucky because I get the flu and a throat infection around the same time each year and never get a solid diagnosis of whether its strep or something else. Stark was pretty sure of what it was (I can't remember now) despite a test coming back negative (false positives/false negatives do happen) and prescribed antibiotics. I was good again in a week. I've since switched jobs and health insurance, if I can I will be going to Stark again in the future.
Dr. Stark was great - I went to see him for PT assessment. However, not too impressed with the PT treatment plan. Never got anything in writting, was supposed to remember 25 exercises. Did not feel like I was being guided through the process...Probably not going back.
Very patient, knowledgeable and specific diagnose.
He's the best
It was great
I'll keep going -- he's the best in Chelsea.
He is very caring. I trusted him with my arm and he came through. Same great doc! Same great place!
Dr. Stark is a great doctor. He was very thorough in his examination of my knee and cautious of a worst case scenario by doing an ultrasound on the spot, then having to come back after getting an MRI. In addition he brought in the other doctor in the practice to confirm his diagnosis which was reassuring. When I was in pain later that day, he called me back though the messaging service to make sure I was okay very promptly. I would highly recommend him as it is hard to find a doctor in sports medicine who doubles in primary care.
Dr. Stark is wonderful. I've been seeing him for years and highly recommend him and his entire office.
Excellent Doctor, great diagnostician. I am a Physcian and had been to three other MD's, before seeing Dr. Stark. He knew exactly what was going on and knew how to treat it. I travel from Long Island to see him, he is worth it .
He was very thorough and tried to get to the bottom of the pain I was having. He did, and offered a recovery plan which I will be following. I would definitely recommend him.
He's wonderful and obviously knows what he's doing (coming from someone with 4 previous knee surgeries so I've had some experience). Highly recommended!
Thorough. Easy to have confidence in his analysis and diagnosis.
Very attentive and focused.
Great experience every time I go. I've seen Dr. Stark for 2 years and he's diagnosed and fixed several different sports injuries. PT and other changes have quickly resolved my problems
Level of effort and care was above and beyond any other doctor.
Very knowledgeable and thorough. Liked that he took a more conservative and holistic approach to my treatment. Keeps updated on the latest research and treatments.
Very academic approach oriented towards athletes
If you need a therapist, you need a separate appointment. You need to come back to the office if the appointment time/day is far apart which was a bit annoying when you have pain to walk back. Dr. Stark seem to know what he is talking about but wish he could spend more time with me, not an intern(?) or an assistant. Yet I still go back to Dr. Stark if I ever have any problem.
I saw Dr. Stark about a very painful running injury, which I was especially nervous about given my history of stress fractures. I have never had an orthopedist/sports medicine doctor spend so much time with me! I should say that a sports medicine fellow and student examined and talked to me first. Considering I work in medicine, I do not mind this approach because it is how we all learn. They then relayed the initial information to him and he came in and examined me himself and did further tests. I literally was in there for an hour and 15 minutes! He answered all my questions, was extremely good at describing things and was very thorough. He was also warm and personable. Honestly, I trusted he knew what he was doing and would guide me in the right direction. I would recommend him to any athelete with an injury! However, if you are uncomfortable being seen in a learning environment, then his practice might not be right for you. I actually found it helpful to hear him explain things to the students because I learned from that as well.
Very informative and professional
Dr. Stark is wonderful!
I saw dr. Stark for a torn muscle in may calf .
Dr. Stark was polite, listened to my concerns and recommended treatment that seems to be improving my issues. His office seems efficient and the people there are respectful and nice.
Professional, asked and listened, careful to not cause pain while finding problem, tried on different air casts until he was satisfied that it would work well. Was seen right on time.
Dr Stark is brilliant and wonderful at his job. what more can you ask for?
Spent time with me and listened to my concerns.
I had an elaborate needle-based procedure performed by Cliff Stark (not the first such procedure), and I trust him and his practice implicitly with my orthopedic fitness.
Very fast, Dr. was concerned about being late for next patient, I am in a lot of pain, had to lie down during evaluation. Dr. offered no pain relief other than future PT and shots for hip in the future.
I have no issues coming back whenever I need help -- he's the most reliable doctor I have.
Muy atento a la descripcion de mis dolencias.
DPT Megan Bowdle from his office is really good! Dr. Stark does the initial diagnosis and refers the patient to a Physical therapist. Megan was really good, super patient and nice. Previous PT's I had attributed it to weak muscles post-surgery but that never solved my problem. Megan had the correct diagnosis though, the issue with my leg stemmed from too much pressure on my ankles and lack of an arch on both my feet.
Got to the source of the problem (meniscus tear on the knee) and went ahead with corrective measures like draining the fluid form the knee. I would have preferred that there was less on-the-job training going on, particularly when a large needle was plunging sideways through my leg to drain it, but all in all I'm sure my healing process was vastly accelerated in a relatively short visit.
Dr Stark evaluated some chronic knee pain I was having from running. He was very friendly and thorough. He clearly knew his stuff, pinpointed the problem, explained all my options, and recommended physical therapy. I was able to receive therapy in his office and after about 6 weeks am feeling much better!
He really took his time and explained to me in detail my injury. He was very easy to talk to and overall a great doctor.
Dr. Stark and his colleagues were extremely professional, knowledgable, and insightful. They made me feel comfortable and educated me on what was going on with my particular issue.
Amazing sports doctor. I've already recommended to friends.
Great beside manner, direct, knowledgeable and friendly.
He was very straightforward with me and informative. I feel like he's very competent. He was just also really fast and didn't spend a whole lot of time with me.
Very good at what he does, but his bedside manner was awful, which is why I would not go back.
Cliffard was a total professional and took the time out to really find out what my problem was. Usually youre lucky to get ten minutes. Highly professional and highly reccomended.
Great visit, would very very highly recommend for any sports injuries. The office hosts a fellowship for sports medicine students, so expect to initially be seen by a doctor's assistant, and then the doctor -- but that said, the students are intelligent, friendly, and very professional. Didn't feel like I was seeing a 'student' at all. Dr. Stark came by at the end of my visit, and he did an amazing job of describing my injury to both me and his fellows. I think I actually prefer this type of interaction -- I got way more interesting and technical information than I would have received at a normal physician. Will 100% definitely go again.
The staff in this doctor's office are unfriendly and unprofessional, especially the Manager of their billing department. They charged my insurance company for items they did not disclose upfront and when I called to ask about them about it in a nice but concerned way, the billing Manager was off-the-bat EXTREMELY defensive and rude. Dr. Stark, I would suggest reminding your staff that patients are customers. And to anyone looking for a sports medicine doctor I would highly recommend looking elsewhere.
Everyone I saw was extremely friendly & thorough. The doctor spent a lot of time with me, explained everything clearly, and was very honest and reassuring. The office is clean and easy to get to. Can't emphasize enough just how kind everyone was - from the front desk to the technician to the doctor - and how comfortable they all made me!
Extremely knowledgeable. Professional.
I went to Chelsea Sports Medicine and saw Dr. Clifford Stark about a knee injury that had been bothering me for a couple of weeks, mostly when I played tennis or walked up stairs. As a tennis player and athlete himself the doctor seemed to really understand my sport and how my movements related to the injury. He made an initial diagnosis and then used an ultrasound to confirm (where he found a small tear in my tendon), then did an evaluation of my movements and found specific patterns that were contributing to the pain. He prescribed some physical therapy to deal with the matter, along with some taping and a plan to ultimately return to play. He also noticed a few upper body things that explained some tennis elbow I had been experiencing but didn't talk about. I found the therapist to be very professional and did an entire functional strength exam, which I found particularly illuminating. We then went over a number of exercises to deal with the knee issues. Although the team did mention some newer procedures (called PRP injections), he recommended that we try a more conservative approach first. I appreciated his approach and am optimistic of a speedy recovery soon.
I was very impressed with how thorough Dr Stark was. He also has a great staff of fellows that very personable and educated on the body, specifically for highly active individuals.
I went to see Dr. Stark for a second opinion regarding a muscle injury dating back to about two years ago. The office's first mis-step was the assistant who came in to ask preliminary questions. She was clearly lacking in knowledge and attentiveness, and didn't understand the nature of my current employment, despite describing it as clearly as possible. Dr. Stark, who yawned as soon as I began describing my issue, had already admittedly forgotten most of the details the assistant had given him. He was very unclear on his opinions of my injury, inattentive to my physical injury and mental concern, and unsure of his own diagnosis. I would not recommend that anyone with a semi-serious injury go see him if they wish to be treated with the utmost attention. Go find someone else who will put a great deal of time and effort into your cause without being forcibly persuaded to do so...and someone who will not yawn in your face.
Friendly and helpful
Office is very professional and I was seen right away. Dr. Stark also offered me alternative treatments which I greatly appreciated. He wasn't pushy and gave me some other options to think about. Really enjoyed my visit and actually referred a colleague to him.
He was a great doctor, and had a great dynamic and teaching philosophy with the med student in the room as well.
Great Bedside Manner, Friendly, Thorough
The PA and Dr. Stark were pleasant, professional and informed. It was the most confident assessment of my back I have had since I saw my last DO about 13 years ago. I highly recommend Dr. Stark and his practice.
Personally, I believe in being able to meet a patient at the appointment time not closer to 30 minutes after the appointment time. Also, I realize that my case was much less consequential but I couldn't help but feel like I was not taken seriously by his assistant. Other than that, I was treated very kindly and professionally. The staff similarly is also very kind and attentive and answered thoroughly any questions I had.
Really listened to me and gave me a treatment plan that seemed very tailored to the needs of my particular injury.
I went in to ask about back pain. The visit was productive and helpful. I left with less discomfort, but I wish there could have been more visibility into what was wrong and if there was anything specific I could do. I suspect that there is simply limited visibility in treatment of nebulous back pain in general.
Unfriendly bedside manner, this doctor can only prescribe you physical therapy.
I was promptly taken in by an associate physician not a nurse, examined thoroughly on my knee problem. In a few minutes the associate had taken all his notes to Dr. Stark and he came to examine me.
Straightforward, thorough and effective care
Very thorough, very professional but not stuffy. Very warm and caring.
Dr. Stark was efficient and to the point. He made an accurate diagnosis and had me scheduled into physical therapy the next day.
He was very knowledgable and his diagnosis seemed very practical.
If you are looking for help on a sports medicine issue, you will be in good hands here! The office staff was efficient and friendly, and Dr Stark was prompt, knowledgeable, and listened well. I appreciate that he is a DO so he actually looked at me, did a thorough physical assessment, and didn't go straight to cortisone shots and unnecessary imaging tests. I trust the treatment plan is focused on working with the causes of my discomfort, not just the symptoms. That's high praise in my book.
Really thorough, kind and a good sense of humor. Definitely put my mind at ease.
Very efficient, straight forward, and confidently recommend course of treatment right away including which physical therapist to see based on where I live.
I love Dr. Stark!!! I'm a runner and went to him for muscle pain since he’s Board Certified in Sports Medicine. I'm normally used to Dr's telling me to "stop running" when i come in with an injury-- but not Dr. Stark! He worked with me to find the root cause of the injury, was extremely professional and nice, took the time to answer all my questions, and gave me an actual course of treatment. Seriously it was the best encounter with a Dr I’ve had in years, I highly recommend him to all the athletes out there! He’s also a family practice physician so you can pretty much go to him for anything (bronchitis to shin splints).