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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Very professional and friendly. I really like that no excessive tests and treatments were forced at all.

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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!

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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,

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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.

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Very professional and knowledgeable Doctor.

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He's very professional and good

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Stark was a pleasure. He diagnosed me quickly, explained everything clearly. Thank you!

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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.

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The appointment went as well as I hoped it would. The problem was isolated and dealt with.

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He's the best