Dr. Melissa Kern, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Female  |  
Age 55
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Dr. Melissa Kern, MD
Dr. Melissa Kern, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Arlington, VA. She is 55 years old and has been practicing for 29 years. Dr. Kern is affiliated with Virginia Hospital Center.

1635 N George Mason Dr Ste 100

Arlington, VA 22205

Contact Information
Dr. Melissa Kern, MD

Dr. Melissa Kern, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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more than 71% of peers
Eye Infections
more than 5% of peers

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  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Cataract
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diplopia
  • Dry Eyes
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Infections
  • Graves' Disease
  • Hypertropia
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Strabismus
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Vascular Disease


  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Eye Surgery

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.


  • Tulane Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • St Joseph Mercy Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Nemc-Tufts U
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Chldns Hosp La-Usc
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1994

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kern has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kern's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kern to family and friends
based on 25 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Kern's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    31 to 45 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Rego Park, NY |
Dr Kern is elitist, classist, and rude. She disparages patient's parents behind their backs.
Arlington, VA |
Dr. Kern was outstandingly professional and very friendly. My six year old daughter trusted her since she explained everything she was doing and why she did. We were sent to Dr. Kern with a concerning pre-diagnosis and in no time but through thorough examination she was able to tell us what was really going on. Apart from this extraordinary experience with Dr. Kern I agree that wait time can be long and that the reception staff is not particularly friendly.
Falls Church, VA |
Dr. Kern is an amazing pediatric opthamologist. The appointments do take a long time (sometimes up to 2 1/2 hours) because the children are given multiple eye exams, sometimes refraction, etc. but the patient is told this before their appointment. Don't you want your child to have an accurate diagnosis? It also takes a little while to get an initial appointment but that is because she's the best. Really. She is worth the wait!
in Sterling, VA |
The best pediatric ophthalmologist in town. Dr. Kern is the only eye doctor I would take my kids to. Yes, you often have to wait for an appointment. There's a reason she's busy. If you'd rather go to a doctor who can see you the next day, ask yourself why they're not busy.
in Ashburn VA |
Dr. Kern is one of the best!! She did my son's Strabimus surgery 15 yrs ago and it has been perfect ever since, never needing an additional surgery to further correct. You can expect perfection if she is your surgeon !
They are the worse practice I have ever been at. Front desk employees are plain rude and inefficient. I called to schedule an appointment. They hanged up on me while I was asking a question. Stay away from this practice!
in Sterling, VA |
-Cancels appointments made months in advance to take vacations. -One secretary was very rude not sure if she still works there. -Have to always sit and wait a long time (what is the purpose of appointment time?) -Not conscious about patient feelings (can be rude) Not really worth the hassle and wait!
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Kern accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    KeyCare PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Choice Advantage
    Blue Preferred PPO
    CareFirst Maryland POS
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Kern has admitting privileges

Virginia Hospital Center
1701 N George Mason Dr
Arlington, VA 22205
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