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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4.7 /5
35 Reviews

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.
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
Jul 11, 2016
RateMDs Physician Partners of America
Dr. Stern and Bonnie McGone are so missed. If I can find them, I will go anywhere to join their Practice. They kept me on my feet. Do you remember Pamela, Allen's wife,he died recently. Call. I miss you. I trust you both implicitly with my care and health. I hope you both come back, there are so many of us searching for you.
Jul 10, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
A combination of a fantastic Dr., Nurse, and staff. Will keep searching for them !!!
Jun 30, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
I show up and after eight yrs of keeping me together, Dr. stern and Bonney McGone A.R.N.P are gone . Where>>> No one will tell me! I know about lawsuits.What about loyalty to me??? Get in touch, Not that hard to find. Just look for a man that barely can walk now!!!
Jun 28, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
I cannot say enough great things about Dr stern and his Staff he has always been caring and courteous with me I am broken hearted to find out he has left health first only because I don't know where he has gone or if he is opening another office under another company if he does you can bet I will be one of first patients I got a letter stating he Was no longer affiliated with health first so the sent me to another Dr today I already know I will be looking for another Dr immediately first time there an they are already not listening to me about my medical condition if anyone finds out where Dr stern is please post it I will do the same I went thru this with my primary she left osler medical an according to her contract she couldn't tell any of her patients at the risk of being sued so please don't blame him I am going to keep searching to see if I can find him I know a couple of his staff is at this new place but they can't say where he is best of luck finding a decent pain mgmt Dr 😞
Jun 26, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
Great Dr., awesome PA Bonney and all the nurses and staff. A++
Jun 25, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
went to doc stern since 2007 to present, went to my appointment wasn't open yet so waited, secretary showed up and said I don't know why you are all here this office is no longer open, I was due for all my subscriptions, 20 minutes later was told I was switched to health first office from now on, , was never told what happened, why, if he is still practicing nothing, I just don't get , been there for 8 years could have atleast gotten some kind of explanation
Jun 23, 2016
RateMDs Physician Partners of America
Health First should apologize to all the patients for lack of information. Many of their doctors are leaving. So should the patients
Jun 17, 2016
RateMDs Physician Partners of America
I just got a notice that Dr. Stern and Boney McGone are gone. What happened? I have been going to them for years. They were always compassionate and professional. They always had the time to listen and help me with any problem I was having. I live with chronic pain everyday of my life. To find a doctor that understands that and gives you every option and to come up with a solution is rare . Especially today when their is so much scrutiny with pain management . I truly had the upmost repect and confidence in Dr.Stern and Boney McGone. They were not just doctors to most of their patients , they always had the time to ask about your family and what was going on with your life. I don't know what happened and why they abruptly left. But they are going to be truly missed by all and will not be easily replaced. I just do not understand what could of happened.
Jun 16, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
Dr Stern has treated me with kindness and compassion. Due to his excellent care I am able to lead a reasonably happy and healthy life in spite of having a fairly serious medical condition.
Jun 15, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
Dr. Stern was instrumental in helping me return to an active and productive life. I am a disabled veteran. I injured my back in an parachuting accident ending my military career. With Dr. Stern's treatments, I have been able to rehabilitate and return to work. I went back to school and now work for NASA. I could not have done any of it without Dr. Stern's help.
Jun 15, 2016
RateMDs Physician Partners of America
where has he gone? Called looking to verify time of my appointment and found out he and Boney took off last Fr, Does anybody kow what happened to him. I've been his patient for over 12 yr.
Jun 13, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
do not understand some of these reviews, been to dr Stern for more then 2 years he has kept me walking and pretty much pain free with injections. never was rude or not intuned to my needs for pain relief . i never asked for drug relief he knows what he is doing when it comes to injecting your spine. i trust him ...
Feb 9, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
Dr. Stern cares about his patients and what is best for them. He is the best around.
Dec 21, 2015
Vitals Physician Partners of America
This guy rocks. Excellent physician. Thoughtful and not overly aggressive. Doesn't do procedures to make money when he believes he can't help you. Really tries to hone in on correct diagnosis and help people. But if you're just seeking drugs don't waste your time
Oct 12, 2015
Vitals Physician Partners of America
Dr. Stern is kind and takes his time with me. I would recommend him.
May 12, 2015
Vitals Physician Partners of America
Saw him after an injury. He has been realistic about what to expect. Boney his PA is wonderful. Wait can be long sometimes, but almost every doctor's office is that way.
May 12, 2015
RateMDs Physician Partners of America
Had to see him after an injury. He is wonderful as is Boney. Love everyone there. I would recommend him!
Apr 11, 2014
RateMDs Physician Partners of America
Went on the website to get their phone number and I see all these bad reviews. I have been seeing Dr Stern for about 4 years now and getting injections/meds. Never had a bad experience other than maybe waiting once in a while, but that unfortunately applies to all doctors. His staff is great and his PA Bonnie is great. Everybody is always very helpful and considerate. Some people appear put off by what may be perceived as "arrogance" but Dr Stern is really a nice person. I would call it "factual". He states what the probable facts are (diagnosis) and then usually asks what the patient would like to do about it with options. that is my experience anyway. I would recommend him.
Mar 5, 2014
RateMDs Physician Partners of America
I bring my dad (Bobby) to see Dr. Stern every visit. My dad loves this Doctor and his PA. They are very caring and really examine my dad every visit. He also speaks to me with respect. Some Drs my dad has seen in the past don't talk to me at all and act as if I am not there. My dad has the onset of altimers and has a hard time remembering what the doc says so he speaks to me to help my dad remember. I think Dr Sterns staff is very nice and I am happy my dad found a great caring doc.Thanks, Tonya ?
Aug 22, 2011
RateMDs Physician Partners of America
Have been working with his PA and she is GREAT. Dr Stern has done two blocks at S1 L5 and I am standing straight and walking better.
Jan 20, 2010
Vitals Physician Partners of America
I went to him several years ago while working for another company. I had just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by another physician. Dr. Stern was willing and recommended several ways to control the pain, including accupuncture, electo accupuncture, physical therapy, healthy living (dietary changes, exercise, etc..) and never once gave me the impression that he doubted my pain/discomfort.I had always had what one doctor called "nervous knees" which was basically knee pain after sitting or standing for over 10 mins. After Dr. Stern used accupuncture on my knees - no more pain! It's been 10yrs since that treatment and still no pain! That one item alone made me trust him and his judgement.

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