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Dr. Clifford Stark, DO

Family Physician

New York, NY

About Dr. Clifford Stark

Dr. Clifford Stark is dual board certified in Sports Medicine and Family Medicine, holding certification for each with both the ACGME (allopathic) and AOA (osteopathic) boards. Since 2011, he has been the Program Director for the Northwell Plainview Sports Medicine Fellowship and a member of the teaching faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Stark currently serves as the team physician for Berkeley College, also providing medical care for various national sports teams, as well as many world-class athletes across the nation and around the world. He has also worked on-site providing coverage at top facilities and events such as the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, The US Open Tennis Tournament, and many others. 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) and stem cell injections, regenerative medicine, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound/ultrasound guided injections, and osteopathic manipulation. Dr. Stark is frequently cited in international media publications such as Daily Mail, Runners World, Men’s Health, and SELF, among others, and has been interviewed on television for Fox News, PIX 11, and other networks. Dr. Stark is committed to the art of understanding every patient in depth and as a whole, including past and present activity levels, as well as their athletic/activity/competitive goals. He uses a multidimensional approach, customized specifically for every patient to help them not only heal their injuries but also aggressively yet safely attain these goals.

In-network insurances

  • 1199SEIU
  • AARP
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Family Physician

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • NYU Langone Health

Board certifications

  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • Sports Medicine (Family Medicine)
  • American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians

Education and training

  • Medical School - Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Fellowship in Sports Medicine
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Residency in Family Medicine

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1174564330

Overall rating
4.7
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Dr. Stark was very thorough with a wonderful bedside manner. He was friendly and answered all my questions (there were many!)without rushing me through the door. I also appreciated that he didn't send me for a gamut of unnecessary imaging for my condition, which can happen with the wrong provider. His staff was great as well. Based on my initial consultation, I would highly recommend Dr. Stark and his office.
Dr. Stark was very thorough with a wonderful bedside manner. He was friendly and answered all my questions (there were many!) without rushing me through the door. I also appreciatedthat he didn't send me for a gamut of unnecessary imaging for my condition, which can happen with the wrong provider. His staff was great as well. Based on my initial consultation, I would highly recommend Dr. Stark and his office.
Maggie S. · July 30, 2019
I really love the environment at this sports medicine clinic, everyone from the receptionist-doctor-PT are excellent.They make you feel better about your process and are very understanding in scheduling I love this place. I recommend people to this sports medicine clinic.
I really love the environment at this sports medicine clinic, everyone from the receptionist-doctor-PT are excellent. They make you feel better about your process and are very understandingin scheduling I love this place. I recommend people to this sports medicine clinic.
Vladimir D. · July 12, 2019

Dr. Clifford Stark's office location

Sports Medicine at Chelsea

30 W 24th St, 2nd Fl

New York, NY 10010

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Great.

Less than 1 month ago
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Dr. Stark was very thorough with a wonderful bedside manner. He was friendly and answered all my questions (there were many!) without rushing me through the door. I also appreciated that he didn't send me for a gamut of unnecessary imaging for my condition, which can happen with the wrong provider. His staff was great as well. Based on my initial consultation, I would highly recommend Dr. Stark and his office.

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I've seen him before throughout the years and he is always very kind and informative.

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I really love the environment at this sports medicine clinic, everyone from the receptionist-doctor-PT are excellent. They make you feel better about your process and are very understanding in scheduling I love this place. I recommend people to this sports medicine clinic.

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Dr. Stark was thorough and efficient during my first visit to discuss and diagnose my climbing related elbow tendon injuries and suggest potential treatments. I begin PT next week with a follow up visit with Dr. Stark in 3-4 weeks.

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Great experience - they were very thorough and clearly interested in helping me get better.

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Thorough, not in a rush , no giant ego. Confident and trustworthy feeling when I left. Good job Doc.

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Friendly, knowledgeable and generally interested in getting me better

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While clearly knowledgeable, I found Dr. Cliff rushed and had to be reminded twice to talk to me (he was speaking to his students instead of me). I appreciated his assessment and would have appreciated simple attention to include me as a person in my care.

Less than 6 months ago
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Doctor Cliff seems very knowledgeable and have good bedside manners. He addressed my concerns satisfactorily.

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Very good experience, seen rapidly, doctor discussed the diagnosis and was happy to spend some time explaining

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During my first couple of visits, Dr. Stark was thoughtful and attentive—despite the fact that you actually spend most of your appointment time explaining your condition to a rotation of different residents and then have to re-explain everything to the doctor when he comes in. But he came to my last appointment, seemingly out of touch with my case and just not really present. He seemed distracted, and didn't answer my questions, telling me to just talk to my PT. He kept looking at his watch, and the residents just did there looking awkward. It felt like a waste of time.

Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Stark is a doctor's doctor. He is knowledgeable and has an excellent bedside manner. The office staff is top notch.

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I only had a few minutes of face time with him. Most of my interactions was with a scribe doctor (or medical student?) and I felt that a lot of things got lost in translation when he came to verbalize his notes to Dr. Stark. The visit felt a little artificial and moreso practice for the assistant rather than actually focusing on my problems. Both were very pleasant though and the wait times (especially during lunch) was way too long.

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Dr. Stark was thorough in his diagnosis with my pain. He wanted to hear all details that lead up to my injury. He gave great advice and I will follow-up with Physical Therapy in his clinic.

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Excellent for endurance athletes.

More than 1 year ago
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Very well informed about my condition after hard exercise. I needed some sports related non orthopedic advice. Very detailed.

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He was rushing people to get to the next patient and had his hand on the door

More than 1 year ago
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Fixed a shoulder injury without surgery - amazing results!

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Very professional and worked with me in order to assist with treatment going forward.

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very pleased with the knowledge of the doctor and staff. I felt more confident with finding a proper treatment in their care. Would highly recommend

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Knowledgeable, engaging and exacting. Dr Stark was a good read of his patient (me) and, accordingly, provided in-depth answers, multiple options /paths for next steps and his recommendation and understanding of success/failure for each. Joint injuries require very active participation to get results - shot treatments, PT, surgery, etc...patient and Dr must be on the same page... Encouraged by 1st appointment

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I never met him before, the guy blew me away, within a few minutes and sinple questions, he was able to describe my habits as if he'd known me for years. And finally someone offers me a solution that fits my needs rather than pushing medication that all they do is band aid the problem. 5 stars.

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Got to the issue and did thorough exam

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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!

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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.

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Very knowledgable about athlete's and runner's issues

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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.

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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.

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Always very thorough, including a full exam by a fellow, and thoughtful.

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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.

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Figured out that i was misdiagnosed in the ER and answered all of my questions. Felt very confident that i was in good hands.

More than 1 year ago
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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!

More than 1 year ago
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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.

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he and his staff are wonderful. i look forward to continued work with them.

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Swift processing of patients. On time for appointment. Good thorough diagnostics. Top notch.

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I like Clifford a lot and would like another appointment.

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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!

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Professional , friendly .

More than 1 year ago
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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.

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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.

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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.

More than 1 year ago
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Very knowledgeable and suggested a treatment that helped to improved my condition and reduce pain.

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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.

More than 1 year ago
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Very knowledgeable, trustworthy and takes time to explain ailments/treatment options.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

More than 1 year ago
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