Dr. Lawrence Stern, MD

Colorectal SurgeryMaleAge 51

Dr. Stern
Accepting new patients

Fairfax Colon & Rectal Surgery

2710 Prosperity Ave Fairfax, VA 22031

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(703) 280-2841

Dr. Lawrence Stern, MD is a Colorectal Surgery Specialist in Fairfax, VA. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Stern to book an appointment.

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At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
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No malpractice claims found for Virginia
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Stern's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Laparoscopic Excision or Destruction of Ovary With Robotic Assistance
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Stern performs Laparoscopic Excision or Destruction of Ovary With Robotic Assistance more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Stern performs this procedure more than 99% of his peers

Anal or Rectal Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Stern treats Anal or Rectal Pain more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Stern treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Anal and Rectal Cancer
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Stern treats Anal and Rectal Cancer more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Stern treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer

Dr. Stern's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Anoscopy
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colon Disorders
  • Colon Polyp
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Surgery, Robotic-Assisted
  • Condyloma
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cyst Incision and Drainage
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy With Robotic Assistance
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Laparoscopic Abdominoperineal Resection of the Rectum With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Excision or Destruction of Ovary With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Rectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Pelvic Exenteration (For: Gynecologic, Urinary, or Colorectal Malignancy)
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Proctosigmoidopexy With Robotic Assistance
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis

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Dr. Stern accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Select
Anthem
Balanced-VA PPO
BlueCare-VA
BlueChoice Adv Open Access (Select Network)-VA
Bronze OAEPO-VA
Bronze-VA PPO
Commonwealth of Virginia
Essential KeyCare-VA
Gold OAEPO-VA
Gold-VA PPO
HealthKeepers Balanced OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Bronze OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Bronze Pathway OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Bronze with H.S.A-VA
HealthKeepers Bronze X (via Exchange)-VA
HealthKeepers Bronze-VA
HealthKeepers Bronze-VA POS Plus
HealthKeepers Catastrophic X (via Exchange)-VA
HealthKeepers Catastrophic-VA
HealthKeepers Gold OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Gold Pathway OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Gold X (via Exchange)-VA
HealthKeepers Gold-VA
HealthKeepers Gold-VA POS
HealthKeepers Gold-VA POS Plus
HealthKeepers Platinum OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Silver OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Silver Pathway OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Silver X (via Exchange)-VA
HealthKeepers Silver-VA
HealthKeepers Silver-VA POS
HealthKeepers Silver-VA POS Plus
HealthKeepers-VA HMO
Healthy Virginian
Individual Basic BlueCare-VA
Individual Basic KeyCare-VA
Individual KeyCare HSA-VA
Individual KeyCare Preferred-VA
Individual KeyCare-VA
KeyCare Flexible Choice-VA
KeyCare Healthsmart Enhanced Rx-VA
KeyCare Healthsmart-VA
KeyCare-VA POS
KeyCare-VA PPO
Lumenos HSA-VA
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Option I-VA
Pathway Tiered Hospital-VA
Pathway X Tiered Hospital Network-VA
Platinum OAEPO-VA
Platinum-VA PPO
Silver OAEPO-VA
Silver-VA PPO
The Local Choice-VA
Virginia Advantage
Virginia Basic
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
KeyCare PPO
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Buckeye Community Health Plan
Medicare
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Choice Advantage
Blue Preferred PPO
CareFirst Maryland POS
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
Meritain Health
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

Dr. Stern's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Stern

4.4

Based on 60 ratings

5 Stars
81.66666666666667%
(49)
4 Stars
5%
(3)
3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
13.333333333333334%
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Dr. L. Stern performed several surgeries in the last 2 years, due to my medical conditions. Dr. Stern is highly competent and maintains a very high standard during his office meetings, such as, Patients receive very detailed information Package, showing preparation and post operation, step by step to guide and prepare you for the upcoming surgery. Dr. Stern will go through this Package. ensuring the Patients fully understand " general surgery", taking time and showing a very High Level of Care towards his Patients. Dr. Stern cares, and is a Super Doctor ! Besides Dr. Stern is understated but very clear with his guidance before, during and after the "general surgery" event, Dr. Stern is a Top Notch Professional in this complicated/challenging medical field.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Jun 20, 2021
Mr. Stern deviated from standard of care. He chemically cauterized an open wound without numbing the area with lidocaine. I checked the standards for the procedure. I checked with his nurse later. Standard of care: numb the area. Thanks for one of most painful, and unnecessary, experiences of my life.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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May 03, 2021
Quick professional service.
8 people found this helpful
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Feb 14, 2021
I thought I was having a hemorrhoid problem and was in so much pain. After nearly a week I couldnt make it into work. I called Dr Sterns office and they got me in fast. It turns out it was an abscess not a hemorrhoid. He numbed the area and opened it up right in the exam room. OMG - the pain was gone in like 1 minute. I could finally sit down again. He warned me that I could develop some weird connection but on my checkup it was all healed. His entire office staff was awesome - the front desk got me in fast and his nurse Nancy was really nice. I will never wait a week if I get pain again. Thanks!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
16 people found this helpful
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J from Fairfax – May 16, 2020
The worst dr. I have ever been to, he did a colon resection, told my husband it had been done "Laparaoscopic" but it hadn't. I understand it probably wasn't possible but why didn't he just say so. BUT the worst was he just never cared about me even before surgery.
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Patricia Kasna – May 05, 2020
Mrs. Kasna, I have checked our electronic medical...Read More
My father was in the middle of a colon cancer work-up with Dr. Stern and then .... Coronavirus... we were not sure what to do. My father is at high risk and we were scared to bring him to the office to discuss surgery. No problem - Dr. Stern's office set up a "virtual" visit. It was simple - they emailed us a link, we clicked on it and then the program opened up. There was literally no wait - we signed into the waiting area and within seconds Dr. Stern was on the screen. It was easier than checking in at the "real" office. Dr. Stern spent more time talking with us than any doctor I have ever been to before. At the end, we had a plan and we felt we were in good hands. With all the fear about leaving home, I have many friends who won't even contact a doctor despite having serious problems - CALL - they have other ways for you to reach a doctor/surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
19 people found this helpful
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JP – Apr 12, 2020
Dr. Stern is very calm and to-the-point, explains conditions carefully, and is good at reassuring patients at outcomes and what to expect of any procedures. Colorectal conditions are typically very uncomfortable—Dr. Stern put me at ease with understanding my condition and treatment plan. Side note: Nurses and staff at the locations are always kind, excellent listeners and highly professional.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
22 people found this helpful
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Feb 11, 2020
Very professional. Very helpful. Seems like we got the needed Information for a diagnosis and treatment plan very quickly! Also my wait was only about 3 minutes even though I arrived early.
18 people found this helpful
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Feb 05, 2020
I like it.It was remarkable.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
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The team. – Jan 22, 2020
Dr. Stern is great. He described the intended surgery with great detail and also the follow ups after surgery. Very professional in every way. I highly recommend him.
17 people found this helpful
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Jerry – Jan 20, 2020
Great experience for colon cancer surgery with Dr Stern. Knowledgeable, professional, and empathetic. His use of a robotic-assisted procedure allowed me to be discharged 48 hrs after surgery. I'd recommend him to family and friends.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
17 people found this helpful
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Nov 07, 2019
Have seen Dr. Stern numerous times and he has been patient, kind and knowledgeable, explaining options and procedures and what to expect. Highly recommended!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
12 people found this helpful
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Sep 12, 2019
Very fortunate to have found Dr. Stern. He was thorough in explaing my condition and procedure, open to all and replied comprehensively to my questions, attentive to detail, insured timely attention and treatment of my issue and had a great bedside manner. My surgery took hours and he insured my family was kept fully informed during the procedure. If I ever need another similar procedure, he would be the first doctor I would call. Highly recommended.
13 people found this helpful
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George S – Sep 05, 2019
Dr Stern was exceedingly patient with all of my concerns related to my treatment for an abscess. The follow up care was great.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
8 people found this helpful
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Aug 17, 2019
Excellent doctor, understanding and caring, explains things really well and let’s you know what the best thing to do in order to cure you. I highly recomiendo him! Super great Doctor!
7 people found this helpful
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Tirza – Jul 28, 2019
Dr. Stern and his staff at the Alexandria location were super-nice, wow. This was my first appointment for this type of an issue, so I was very uncomfortable. Everyone was very pleasant and Dr. Stern was especially kind and sensitive, excellent "bedside manner" for sure. I would definitely recommend Dr. Stern. The Alexandria location was great, I got there early, filled out the ipad type of sign in process (a whole lot easier than paper) they took me right away and Dr. Stern saw me right away, I was actually out of the office before my originally scheduled appointment time.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
11 people found this helpful
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Woodbridge, VA – Jun 13, 2019
The Dr was very prompt professional and empathetic to my issue. I appreciate his frankness and the manner in which he goes about his profession.
8 people found this helpful
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May 24, 2019
I was referred to Dr. Stern after cancer was found during a colonoscopy visit. He was very comforting yet honest about the whole process. His professionalism was greatly appreciated and I would recommend him to anyone who requires his services. My surgery went very well thanks to his work!
8 people found this helpful
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May 02, 2019
Dr Stern is a great surgeon. He is extremely thorough and honest. I left my initial appointment less scared than before. My surgery went great too. I recommend him!! I would give him more stars, if I could.
13 people found this helpful
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Mar 30, 2019
Very personable, explains exam and findings very clearly. Made me feel comfortable despite the uncomfortable situation
11 people found this helpful
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Mar 21, 2019

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About Me

Care Philosophy

Incorporating the values and principles Fairfax Colon and Rectal Surgery was established with, we have developed the following organizational statements...Read more

Biography

Dr. Stern's first entry into the field of medicine was at age 16, as an Emergency Medical Technician. He enjoyed helping people in need and had the desire...Read more

Specialties

  • Colorectal Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery

Education

2004
Lahey Clinic Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2003
University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine
Residency Hospital
2000
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
1997
University Hosp University Cincinnati
Internship Hospital
1992
University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
Undergraduate School
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Is Dr. Lawrence Stern, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Lawrence Stern, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Stern frequently treats Laparoscopic Excision or Destruction of Ovary With Robotic Assistance, Anal or Rectal Pain, and Anal and Rectal Cancer. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Stern treats.

Where is Dr. Lawrence Stern, MD's office located?

Dr. Stern's office is located at 2710 Prosperity Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Does Dr. Lawrence Stern, MD offer telehealth services?

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Locations

Fairfax Colon & Rectal Surgery

Fairfax Colon & Rectal Surgery2710 Prosperity Ave Fairfax, VA 22031
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  • Hours
    • Mon: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • Tue: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • Thu: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Stern is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Inova Alexandria Hospital

Alexandria, VA

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

14 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Fairfax, VA

77% Patient Experience Rating, 8% higher than the national average

17 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Inova Fairfax Hospital

Falls Church, VA

80% Patient Experience Rating, 11% higher than the national average

36 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Inova Loudoun Hospital

Leesburg, VA

71% Patient Experience Rating, 2% higher than the national average

18 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)