Dr. Clifford Stark, DO

Sports Medicine Specialist

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22 West 21st Street, Suite 400, New York, NY, 10010

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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.

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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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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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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!

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

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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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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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I like Clifford a lot and would like another appointment.

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Professional , friendly .

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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.

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Very knowledgeable, trustworthy and takes time to explain ailments/treatment options.

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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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Very knowledgeable and suggested a treatment that helped to improved my condition and reduce pain.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Great doc and service! Highly recommend!

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Very friendly, caring, engaging and professional!

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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.

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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.

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Helpful reception staff Easy on line check in at the desk Nice surroundings Prompt

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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.

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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!