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Dr. Samuel Stopak, MD

Refractive Surgeon, Ophthalmologist, Cornea & External Diseases Specialist

Professional statement

***Please note that our office only submits to medical insurances for medical eye exams. We do not submit to vision insurance or for vision services (refraction, contact lens fittings, LASIK). *** Dr. Samuel Stopak is a highly accomplished eye surgeon and physician with specialization in cornea and external eye diseases. He has extensive experience in performing LASIK and cataract surgery, including laser assisted cataract surgery with the use of premium intraocular lenses for correcting astigmatism and presbyopia. Columbia Eye Associates also specializes in glaucoma treatment and management, including therapies such as laser surgery to reduce pressure, medication treatment plans, and alternative medicine. In addition to medical services, Columbia Eye Associates offers contact lens fittings, measurements for glasses, BOTOX® injections and fillers, and LATISSE® consultations and supply.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Allianz Worldwide Care

Specialties

  • Ophthalmologist
  • Cornea & External Diseases Specialist
  • Refractive Surgeon

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Board certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Education and training

  • Medical School - Emory University, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh, Fellowship in Cornea and External Diseases
  • Georgetown University, Residency in Ophthalmology

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1669514428

Office locations

Columbia Eye Associates

2440 M St NW, Suite 516

Washington, DC 20037

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I arrived early, and had to wait more than an hour to see Dr. Stopak. The front desk staff didn't inform me or offer the opportunity to reschedule, despite knowing that they were running behind. That was not communicated to me,which led to considerable frustration. I came in for a specific issue, and it turned into more of a general appointment despite already having yearly exam with another optometrist. It felt more like Dr. Stopak was trying to sell me contacts than address my primary reason for booking this appointment. I was given 3/4 tests needed to assess my concern, and asked to come again and take the fourth. I write this review in my second appointment - waiting for more than an hour, again, to be seen. Wouldn't recommend if you appreciate a more timely service.
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Dr. Stopak is fantastic. He was very thorough and reassuring about everything. I felt well taken care of!
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Dr Stopak was really nice, had great bedside manner, was easy to talk to and was very educational in how he talked about what I had in my eye. It’s really hard to find good doctors in DC who are bothsmart and nice, who aren’t not full themselves. He was great. His staff was really nice as well - also hard to find in dc! Highly recommend!
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He is simply a great doctor!! Great people
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thorough, professional, appropriate, pleasant
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Office seemed to run smoothly and on-time. Welcoming front desk, super intake assistant, dr is warm and friendly. Eye exam seemed thorough. I will bring my kids to him and definitely recommend him to friends.
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Looking forward to my next visit
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Very bad service from the staff and the Dr left me waiting for more than 1 hour I respect his time and I expect my time to be respected Total disregard for the patient
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I was well pleased with Dr. Stopak's manner and expertise. Staff was very cordial.
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As always he is the best!
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Dr. Stopak was helpful and has a good bedside manner. His front office staff, however, was unfriendly, unhelpful, and sullen. The woman at the front desk tried to charge me for a service I had not received, and it seemed asthough she was looking to arbitrarily charge me without much concern for the details. I will return to see Dr. Stopak, but if the service is as bad for my next visit I will reconsider my decision to return.
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Great office. Friendly, helpful staff. Dr. Stopak was very patient and explanatory walking through process and talking different eye care options. Office environment was clean and tidy.
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Dr. Sam Stopak is the best in DC, bar none, for eye-related issues. I've been seeing him for about 30 years now and I see him and everything else better than I did on my very first visit! Besides that ...Sam's just a cool guy, with excellent physician demeanor.
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Dr. Stopak was too notch. He took his time explains every detail to me and answers all my questions. He's incredibly personable and makes you feel he truly cares.
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The assistant who did several tests (including peripheral vision & photos) was very competent, kind, and gentle. I found the many appointment reminder emails annoying. The wait was 25 minutes.
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One of the best experiences at a doctor's office. Highly recommend Dr. Stopak.
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Very nice doctor who took his time and informed me on every question I asked and more. Highly recommend.
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Incredibly kind and knowledgeable!
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The staff was nice enough and normal but Dr. Stopak himself was quite odd. He seemed uncomfortable with himself and me. Just a very awkward person. I asked his staff if he was always this awkward and they said yes. Idon't have confidence that my exam was appropriate, thorough or complete.
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Excellent doctor. Very professional, knowledgeable, and willing to explain the details of different options.
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very professional
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Excellent doctor.
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I did not see Dr Stopak for almost 1 hour past my appointment time - I was left in an exam room for an extended period with no explanation of where he was and when I finally went out to askthe reception desk about the delay they said that the other doctor in the practice had been called away for an emergency and Dr Stopak was also seeing the other doctor's patients. Note that the reception desk and Dr Stopak's assistant did not volunteer any info and I had to go back out to the desk to find out. Dr. Stopak gave me a different explanation when he finally came into the exam room. He was noticeably distracted and I felt the exam was hurried. Not the way to treat a long-term patient.
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I wound up paying a large sum, even with insurance, for a regular annual checkup. Completely ridiculous and will not ever be coming back.
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The staff was not clear as to what I would be charged for. I went in for a routine eye exam. I have good insurance and ended up paying a ridiculous amount out of pocket. I could have elected to notreceive the specific test that costs so much, however, when I attempted to clarify with the staff they did not have a clear answer. I attempted to discuss with them and thought we had resolved the issue, however, after the appointment I was still charged. The same thing happened to another patient that was there at the same time as me.
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Dr. Stopak is always very thorough and knowledgeable, gives wise advice, and listens very carefully.
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Dr, Samuel Stopak is very well and very friendly Thanks so much `
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Exceptional professionalism and expertise that is also reflected in interactions with all staff.
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Dr. Stopak was very communicable and just great.
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I really appreciated how Dr. Stopak took the time and effort to thoroughly explain the details of my eye health, risk factors, and future treatments.
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Dr. Stopak was able to see me quickly and help me with a sudden vision problem. He clearly explained what was happening to me and the first steps I should take, as well as possible follow-up. The nurse was also very nice and helpful.
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Excellent doctor.
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Dr. Stopak was fantastic! Highly recommend.
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I was seen right away. Dr. Stopak managed to fix the issue I was having with my eye so that I could sleep comfortably at night. His suggestion of medications was spot-on! He gave me a great explanation as to what was happening with my eye that was irritated.
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Very pleased with visit. Polite and professional assistant and front desk staff. Dr. Stopack did an excellent job of analyzing and explaining the problem (which fortunately was minor and easy to correct) and providing the solution. I highly recommend him.
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Marvelous. Prompt, helpful staff, doctor was kind, interested, attentive.
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I came down with an eye issue, as well as a feeling in my nose that I'd been punched. Based on how my symptoms arose, these issues were clearly related, so I called Dr. Stopak's office to make sure that hewould be able to give me a broad assessment of the underlying problem. The receptionist assured me that the doctor would be able to do this, agreed that these sort of problems were often related, and recommended that I keep my appointment instead of rescheduling with an ENT. However, the doctor was unable to provide any advice about the cause of my underlying problem, including the cause of the eye infection. I've never received such a general assessment of a problem when I've paid the higher copay to see a specialist. When I expressed my frustration with the bad advice I'd received from the receptionist, instead of apologizing, he said it didn't matter that she'd provided incorrect information because I needed to see two different doctors anyway. That's not the doctor's call to make. Had I been given accurate information, I would have prioritized my appointments differently. I would have either seen the ENT first or would have gone to my excellent primary care doctor, who is comfortable treating minor infections without sending patients to a specialist. I do not recommend this office.
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This was my first visit to see Dr. Stopak and it was an emergency visit rather than routine check up. He was patient, efficient and made me feel very at ease (not easy to do during an emergency visit!). I would highly recommend Dr. Stopak.
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I was very late for my appointment and the office still accommodated me.
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