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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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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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!

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I received excellent care from the doctors and would recommend them.

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For my first visit: I was really pleased.

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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.

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Dr. Stark and the physicians in residency were extremely attentive!

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Have been a patient for over 12 years. Excellent care provider.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Dr. Stark took a lot of time to diagnose and discuss with me. I feel very well taken care of.

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Dr Stark was very detailed in his explanation about my symptoms, and provided treatment options that I can choose from.

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Knowledgeable & conscientious. I'd recommend him.

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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.

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Dr Stark was very thorough, and quickly assessed my son's condition.

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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.

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Excellent Dr. Should I injure myself again, he will be the first Dr. I call.

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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.