Dr. Lawrence Stern, MD

Dr. Lawrence Stern, MD

Colon & Rectal Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 48
Dr. Lawrence Stern, MD is a colon & rectal surgery specialist in Fairfax, VA and has been practicing for 18 years. He graduated from University of Virginia / Main Campus in 1996 and specializes in colon & rectal surgery.Read his story

2710 Prosperity Ave Ste 200

Fairfax, VA 22031

Contact Information

(703) 280-2841

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Buckeye Community Health Plan
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • 6 More

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Top Care Areas

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Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
very high
more than 99% of peers
Anal or Rectal Pain
very high
more than 98% of peers
Anal Disorders
very high
more than 90% of peers

Dr. Stern's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Stern's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Stern "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 to do more for them. Realizing that an EMT would not be able to establish long-term relationships with patients, he began to think of becoming a doctor. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Michigan, Dr. Stern entered medical school at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. During medical school, he found the intellectual and technical aspects of surgery appealing and decided to pursue general surgical training. Dr. Stern completed his general surgical residency at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. During his training, Dr. Stern secured a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award to perform two years of basic science research. Therefore, he was able to complete a Pediatric Surgical Research Fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. During this time, he published numerous basic science articles, wrote several surgical textbook chapters, and presented his research findings at both national and international conferences. He was honored to be elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society as a surgical resident. While a general surgery resident, he found colon and rectal surgery challenging and decided to seek specialized training in the field. He moved to the Boston area and completed a Colon and Rectal Surgical Fellowship at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center. As a fellow, he received advanced laparoscopic training and he has maintained an active interest in laparoscopic colorectal surgical procedures. Since arriving at Fairfax Colon & Rectal Surgery, the entire group's laparoscopic practice has increased more than 10 fold. Dr. Stern and his wife, a practicing pediatrician in Northern Virginia, performed their residencies together in Cincinnati. They have two daughters."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Stern "Incorporating the values and principles Fairfax Colon and Rectal Surgery was established with, we have developed the following organizational statements that guide the actions of every employee and practitioner in our practice:

Our Vision

To be NOVA/DC Metro's region preferred Colorectal practice.

Our Mission

To provide timely, effective, coordinated, patient-centric Colorectal Care.

Our Values

Together, Fairfax Colon and Rectal Surgery will adaptively serve our stakeholders through integrity, leadership and commitment to excellence."

1  Specialties

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery*
  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

28  Conditions Treated

27  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Surgery, Robotic-Assisted
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy With Robotic Assistance
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis
  • Laparoscopic Abdominoperineal Resection of the Rectum With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Rectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Pelvic Exenteration (For: Gynecologic, Urinary, or Colorectal Malignancy)
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • 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)
  • Sphincterotomy

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
  • University of Virginia / Main Campus
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
  • University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Lahey Clinic Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Stern has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Stern's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Stern to family and friends
28 total reviews (19 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (28)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Stern's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (19)

Excellent professional. Excellent people skills. Highly recommended for any type of rectal or colon issues.
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Dr.Stern is the Best Colon Rectal surgeon that you can have to fix your issues. I came to Dr. Stern last summer 2017 after a 2014 colon injury at another hospital. I was left with a colostomy for 3 years. I was told I could get a reversal but I wanted to make sure that I had the best doctor to...more
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A+ experience with Dr. Stern. Solid, professional MD, not very touchy-feely but definitely knows what he's doing. I needed two procedures and both went off w/o a hitch. I'm now problem free, after years of discomfort. His staff is efficient and handles insurance and other stuff well.
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I saw Dr. Stern for my hemorrhoids. My first impression with Dr. Stern was he's a skilled doctor. He is a kind of person who does not smile a lot that makes him look grouchy but it does not mean he is a bad guy. His bedside manner was good. When I saw him for the second time about my...more
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Very satisfactory experience with Dr. Stern. Saw him for some bad hemorrhoids that had gotten progressively worse over the years. Quick non-surgical procedure, painless, well explained, and totally successful. Would definitely recommend.
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