Dr. Melissa Kern, MD

Dr. Melissa Kern, MD


Ophthalmology | Female | 55 years old

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Dr. Kern specializes in Ophthalmology and practices in Arlington, VA. She practices at 1 location.

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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 Reviews (6)
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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Dr. Kern's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Blepharitis
  • Cataract
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diplopia
  • Dry Eyes
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Infections
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Hypertropia
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Migraine
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Nystagmus
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Still's Disease
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School

    Graduated in 1988

  • Internship Hospital
    St Joseph Mercy Hospital

    Completed in 1989

  • Residency Hospital
    NEMC-Tufts U

    Completed in 1992

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Chldns Hosp LA-USC

    Completed in 1994

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Professional Affiliations

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  • Ophthalmology

Procedures Performed

  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Eye Surgery