Dr. Mark Stern, MD

Dr. Mark Stern, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 70

Neurosurgery

Dr. Mark Stern, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Escondido, CA and has over 46 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE in 1977. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido and Palomar Medical Center Poway. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Locations

Southern California Institute of Neurological Surgery

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Ortho1 Medical Group

Southern California Institute of Neurological Surgery9834 Genesee Ave Ste 416 La Jolla, CA 92037
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(858) 437-9976

Palomar Health Medical Group - Graybill

Southern California Institute of Neurological Surgery326 S Melrose Dr Fl 2 Vista, CA 92081
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(858) 437-9976

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions WellPatients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers TelehealthThis provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Stern's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Stern

4.4

Based on 85 ratings

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Dr Stern was awesome, surgery went as planned could not be happier. Staff was great too.
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
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Apr 27, 2022
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Excellent follow up. My surgery was a complete success.
What went well
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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No results
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Eric – Apr 21, 2022
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Disc replacement and bone spurs on cervical spine
In July 2021 I had 2 discs replaced in my cervical spine and bone spurs removed that were pressing on my spinal cord. Dr Stern performed the surgery. I'm 9 months post op and doing soooo much better. The excruciating pain I was feeling is gone, the limitations to what I could do are gone. I feel like a different person. I would definitely recommend him as a surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Tina C – Mar 11, 2022
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Would not recommend to anyone!
My experience was not great. In fact I ended up in the hospital only hours after my procedure. I called his office to let him know that I was not doing well three times. Even when I was in the hospital. He never called me back, and it has been a week since my procedure, and not a word. Needless to say the procedure was a failure . If I give him any stars they would all be BLACK!
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Feb 01, 2022
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Outstanding car and followup
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
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Steve Holbrook – Dec 10, 2021
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Very happy with Dr. visit and recomendations.
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Isaac – Sep 08, 2021
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Dr Stern has once again, been so helpful in overseeing our care. My husband Jim and I are long term patients of Dr Stern’s. All the decisions that we have collectively made in surgical choices, and pain management issues, have been spot on! We have recommend Dr Stern to many friends and family
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Barbara Miller – Aug 28, 2021
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Dr. Stern is the BEST because he is patient to explain the diagnosis and empower the patient with knowledge. He does the latest state of the art procedure for cervical spines. His procedure without fusion has much better recovery, range of motion and almost immediate restoration in muscle strength. Dr. Stern is very funny too and pays attention to specific details. He is sure to answer your questions too so be sure to write them down!
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Barbara B. – Aug 20, 2021
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Four your check up, feeling good doing 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
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Dennis Parker – Aug 18, 2021
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Visit was quick and questions answered staff is friendly and establishment clean as for my surgery it seems to be a success drastic pain level change from bad to very good
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Aug 05, 2021
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I’ve had magnificent results with Dr.Stern
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
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Boyd Gardiner – Jul 16, 2021
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Good
What went well
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
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Jul 09, 2021
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I had a ruptured disc that forced me to basically lay in bed or in a recliner all day to avoid pain. Dr. Stern performed Arthroplasty on my C5/C6 and C6/C7. Just like he promised I walked out of the hospital on my own 24 hours later. 2 weeks after surgery I was back playing golf 5 days a week pain free. He’s an absolutely amazing surgeon and I would recommend him to anyone. I still can’t believe how fast recovery was and I owe it all to his work. Thank you Dr. Stern.
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
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Jun 17, 2021
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Great we recommend to everybody he really make sure all was going well
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
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Jun 08, 2021
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Great visit Very happy with the pump program we will try
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
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Billie jean ceglia – May 21, 2021
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Very attentive doctor and staff. Would definitely recommend.
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
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Katherine – May 19, 2021
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My visit was great Dr stern is amazing I feel great I’m healing real good he goes over everything with me answers all my questions & concerns
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
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Elizabeth Baronian – May 06, 2021
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Very productive much improved
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
What could be improved
No results
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Robert mayfield – Mar 17, 2021
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I was referred to Dr. Stern by my cancer Dr. due to a high amount of pain, I was experiencing from the cancer location. Made a appointment with his office and found the staff to be helpful and pleasure to work with. Dr. Stern is very much, a Man who cares for his patients. He was very kind and explained the procedure in detail and how the pain pouch worked. I had to go into the hospital for him to install the pouch. I believe without out his professional, caring and recommendations, I would not of been able to make it thru the chemo/radiation treatments as well and without the pain. I highly recommend him as a great Doctor, that should be on your team. There are lots of doctors to choose from, but having the Best makes you feel secured. It’s bad enough what you are experiencing; but having a great doctor takes away the unneeded worries,
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
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Mar 17, 2021
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I love Dr Stern he is always super kool,chill .I actually enjoy coming to see him,and he’s from my hometown New York so that’s just a bonus !
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
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Sue Matthews – Mar 05, 2021
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No malpractice claims found for California
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

Treatment Frequency
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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Dr. Stern treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 68% of his peers

Dr. Stern treats this condition more than 68% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Intervertebral Disc Disease
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Stern treats Intervertebral Disc Disease more than 66% of his peers

Dr. Stern treats this condition more than 66% of his peers

Broken Neck
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Stern treats Broken Neck more than 66% of his peers

Dr. Stern treats this condition more than 66% of his peers

Dr. Stern's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Astrocytoma
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Injury
  • Brain Tumor
  • Broken Neck
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chordoma
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neurostimulation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Schwannoma
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Dr. Stern accepts the following insurance:

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Blue Shield of California
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Thank you for choosing Southern California Institute of Neurological Surgery for your health care needs! At SCINS, your health is our number one priority!...Read more

Biography

Mark S. Stern, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Neurosurgery. He is an active member of the American Association of Neurosurgeons, California...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Neck Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

Usc University Hospital
Residency Hospital
1982
National Institute of Health
Fellowship Hospital
1978
Georgetown University Hospital|Medstar-Georgetown University Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1977
ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE
Medical School
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Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Stern, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients may call (858) 437-9976 to make an appointment.

Does Dr. Mark Stern, MD accept any insurance plans?

A list of accepted insurance providers is available on the Healthgrades insurance check. It is always a good idea to verify your insurance when making an appointment.

Does Dr. Mark Stern, MD accept new patients?

New patients are generally accepted by Dr. Mark Stern, MD on Healthgrades. To arrange an appointment, call the number on Dr. Stern's profile.

What conditions does Dr. Mark Stern, MD treat?

Dr. Stern frequently treats the following conditions: Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), Intervertebral Disc Disease, and Broken Neck. See more on Healthgrades.

What is Dr. Mark Stern, MD's office address?

Dr. Stern's office is located at 705 E Ohio Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. You can find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages is Dr. Mark Stern, MD fluent in?

Dr. Stern is able to speak Spanish, French, and English. View profile to see all.

Is Dr. Mark Stern, MD able to provide telehealth services?

Dr. Stern provides telehealth services. Please contact the office to determine whether you are eligible.

Is Dr. Mark Stern, MD affiliated with any hospitals?

Dr. Mark Stern, MD is affiliated with Palomar Medical Center Poway and Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido.

Is Dr. Mark Stern, MD a board-certified professional?

Yes, Dr. Mark Stern, MD holds board certifications in Neurosurgery.

How much experience does Dr. Mark Stern, MD have?

Dr. Stern has over 45 years of healthcare experience.

Does Dr. Mark Stern, MD receive good ratings from patients?

There is a star rating of 4.4/5 for Dr. Mark Stern, MD. Patients say that the provider explained conditions well and the provider listened & answered questions well. See all patient feedback on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

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

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido

Escondido, CA

17 Awards Received

Award Highlight: State Ranking Award - Orthopedic Surgery™ (2023)

Palomar Medical Center Poway

Poway, CA

67% Patients that would definitely recommend, 3% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

Palomar Medical Center Escondido

Escondido, CA

72% Patients that would definitely recommend, 2% higher than the national average

19 Awards Received

Award Highlight: State Ranking Award - Orthopedic Surgery™ (2023)