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. 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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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

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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.

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It was a very good visit. I look forward to returning, and I'll recommend him in the future.

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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

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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.

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Always professional, always sharp. Great bedside manner.

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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

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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.

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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.

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was very good

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He is the best Dr. I have exoerienced. I will recommend him to all my friends.

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Very professional and attentive , very glad I found him.

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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.

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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.

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I look forward to using this doc

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Very professional.

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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.

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Very professional and direct to the point