Dr. Ronald J Stern, MD - Board certified main management specialist
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Ronald J. Stern, MD

109 Silver Palm Ave Melbourne, FL 32901

Ronald J. Stern, MD is a board-certified pain management specialist and anesthesiologist, as well as a published author of healthcare books. He joined Physician Partners of America Pain Relief Group – Melbourne in July 2017.

In addition to pain management, Dr. Stern’s broad background encompasses additional board certifications and experience in pediatrics, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology. This enables him to “think outside the box” when diagnosing and treating patients.

Dr. Stern earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1978. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and at the University of California, San Diego. This was followed by an Emergency Medicine residency at the Charles Drew/UCLA College of Medicine, Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine in Los Angeles. He did an additional residency in Anesthesiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Stern then completed a subspecialty fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Kentucky Medical School, Department of Anesthesiology, in 2000.

A longtime practitioner in the Melbourne area, he has been medical director of the Palm Bay Pain Management/Wound Care Center and served as both president and vice chairman of Brevard Anesthesia Services.

His previous positions include pain management specialist at Atlantic Orthopedic Group and at Health First Physicians Group, both in Melbourne and before that as part of the Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates (MIMA) as a specialist in Pain Management. He served as an anesthesiologist at Brevard Anesthesia Services, and as an emergency medicine doctor at Holmes Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Stern describes himself as an outcome-driven physician who enjoys taking on challenging cases. “I try to do only the procedures that are likely to be effective. That involves finding the right combination of procedures, as well as therapies and medication,” he says. “Of course, whenever appropriate, it also involves referrals to other specialists.” My goal is always to try to improve the quality of life of every single patient I see.”

His broad medical background and interest in the effect overall health has on pain led him to write healthcare books from a scientific perspective. His latest, Meals, Movement and Meditation: Using Science, Not Myth, for Healthfulness (2017, Createspace Publishing) is “based on science, not opinion,” and features more than 400 references.

Dr. Stern practices the healthy lifestyle he advocates, and enjoys tennis, skiing, golf and hitting the gym. He and his wife have five children. He is fluent in Spanish.

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3.7 /5
56 Reviews

Jul 25, 2018
Google Physician Partners of America
Dr Stern is a very competent and compassionate doctor. He may well have saved my life when I went to his office with a potentially life threatening infection after surgery. He is continuing to help me throughout my recovery when nobody else would. The office staff is very nice and so is Sharon the nurse practitioner. Thank you.
Physician Partners of America replied on Jul 26, 2018:
Thank you Brennan, I'm glad we were able to help you. It's our business and our pleasure to provide care for you and our other great patients.
Jun 20, 2018
Google Physician Partners of America
I’ve been treated by Dr Stern for close to 20 years. One of the Best Doc I’ve ever dealt with. He made my life the best it could.
Physician Partners of America replied on Jun 20, 2018:
Thank you George, it's a privilege for us to help great people like you!
Jun 15, 2018
Google Physician Partners of America
Dr Stern and his staff are amazing! Dr Stern took the time to talk with me and explained Everything. Renee L I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart!! One again Thank You!!
Physician Partners of America replied on Jun 15, 2018:
Thank you Karen. I do have a great staff and great patients! Thank you for recognizing my hard working staff.
Jun 6, 2018
Google Physician Partners of America
Three hours waiting, 6 minutes with the doctor for an initial visit and he assumed I was there for reasons I was not. Dr.Stern answered his own questions, not mine. Waste of my day, left shaking my head, disappointing. Beautiful office, cold staff, great snacks, never again. I would never refer for second opinion or any other reason.
Physician Partners of America replied on Jun 11, 2018:
Hi, Sueanne. We have reached out to the staff and regional managers about your experience. We take patient concerns very seriously and will take steps to ensure this does not happen again. Thank you for making us aware of it.
May 22, 2018
RateMDs Physician Partners of America
I was required to be there 30 minutes before appt. Accompanied a patient to appt. and was not allowed to leave and return. I was held hostage for 2 hrs in case of complications. What if there were any complications? What would they expect me to do. I have no authority over patient. You'd better pack a lunch, if you take a friend there. The doctor may be good, but his policy sucks!
Apr 24, 2018
Vitals Physician Partners of America
Dr Stern is the best pain management specialist I have seen. He takes the time to listen to his patients. Very caring doctor. His office staff are wonderful. I have been a patient for several months now .
Feb 23, 2018
Google Physician Partners of America
Dr. Stern: 5; Front staff: 2 Dr. Stern is fantastic. He spends a good amount of time with his patients, and he treats the patient and not the pain. It's just a shame that the staff in the office is bad. I twice waited over 2 hours for a scheduled apppintment. That's not the doctor's fault, that's the staff's fault for either over-scheduling or not having enough staff to accomodate the amount of patients. It's as if there is no office manager in charge. Also, I've had to constantly question whether medical tests, such as drug tests and psychological tests, that the staff says I need were necessary. Most were not. Hopefully the staff can get better, because as I said Dr. Stern is great.
Dec 15, 2017
Google Physician Partners of America
The best of the best!!!
Nov 28, 2017
Google Physician Partners of America
Vary good
Sep 4, 2017
Vitals Physician Partners of America
Dr. Stern is a very kind doctor who truly listens to the patient. He never gets in a hurry and if a patient needs to talk, he listens.
Aug 25, 2017
Vitals Physician Partners of America
I sent an email to this doctor over a month ago. He was recommended by my doctor, whose mother he treats. I am still waiting for a response. Don't put that feature on your website if you are not going to monitor it. You wasted my time.
Jul 20, 2017
Vitals Physician Partners of America
The reason we see pain management doctors is because surgery is not an option. We are looking for current ways to relieve the pain now. I do not want to a pain management doctor to be asked what I eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am not asking for a a nutritional talk. I am there to help relieve my pain. I felt so bullied.
Feb 12, 2017
YP.com Physician Partners of America
After almost 3 years of being "tossed around" between doctors for severe pain in his right knee (he could barely walk), my husband was referred to Dr Ronald Stern by one of the other FANTASTIC doctors in the Atlantic Orthopaedics Group. Dr. Stern immediately did a test procedure to ensure that the procedure he wished to perform would work. It did and the follow up was a success! The doctor is an expert is his field!!!
Jan 9, 2017
Vitals Physician Partners of America
Best results whan Dr Stern was my doctor.
Dec 16, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
I WENT TO DR STERN MANY YEARS I WANT TO KNOW WHERE HE IS PRACTICING NOW. I MISS HIM AND BONNIE, it's NOT FAIR THAT HEALTH FIRST WON;T GIVE OUT THIS INFORMATION.
Aug 13, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
I have been seeing dr stern since 2001. He was a excellent dr. The only dr I trusted to do epidural. Always had great result
Aug 12, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
He left his office on Hibiscus Blvd. and can't find him.... Please contact me...
Aug 3, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
Dr Stern and associate, Boney McGone, were appreciated so much by me. They listened and understood my problem and advised me where to get additional help. I never, not once, in several years had the slightest problem. I will always be thankful for their service to me.
Jul 19, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
MOST COMPASIONATE AND CARING DOCTOR I HAVE EVER MET.
Jul 13, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
I love the friendly staff and Bonney McGone nurse patrician, they are so knowable about your pain and health

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