Stern is a Board-certified Ophthalmologist emphasizing cataract, corneal, and
anterior segment surgery and the medical treatment of corneal and external eye
diseases and glaucoma. He holds a BS degree from the University of Michigan, an
MD degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA degree from
the University of Florida. He completed a rotating internship at Los Angeles
County Harbor General Hospital (now Harbor/UCLA Medical Center) in Torrance,
California, a residency in ophthalmology at Northwestern University in Chicago,
Illinois, and a fellowship (advanced training) in corneal and external eye
disease and surgery at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation of the University of
California, San Francisco.
Dr. Stern moved to Missoula at the end of 1997. Prior to that, he had spent his career in academia, first at the George Washington University in Washington, DC (1978-79) and then at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida (1979-97). At the University of Florida, Dr. Stern was Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Corneal and Anterior Segment Service. In that capacity, Dr. Stern was the principal cataract and corneal surgeon for a major university medical school and one of the nation's leading corneal transplant centers. As a result, he has had extensive experience with cataract surgery and management of cataract surgery complications and is Montana's most experienced corneal transplant surgeon.
Throughout his career, Dr. Stern has received a number of honors and awards. He is listed in the publications "Best Doctors of America" and "America's Top Ophthalmologists" as well as several "Who's Who" publications. In addition, he is the recipient of the Honor Award and Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Honor Award from the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists.
Dr. Stern has been active in several ophthalmologic organizations. He has served as President of the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group and the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists and on the Board of Directors of the Cornea Society. In addition, he has served on several committees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, including the Instruction Advisory Committee, the Practice Management Committee, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the publication "Focal Points". He also served for six years as the AAO's representative to the Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology, the group that certifies training programs for ophthalmologists. For many years, he served as an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology (he examines candidates for Board-certification). Lastly, he is currently past-President of the Montana Academy of Ophthalmology.
While at the University of Florida, Dr. Stern's research interests were corneal surgery and ocular infections. He has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, 15 book chapters or other non-reviewed articles, and given over 200 presentations at national and international medical meetings.
Dr. Stern has been married since 1971 to his wife, Cindy. They have two grown children and two grandsons.
Dr. Stern is an avid fly fisherman, golfer, hunter, and skier.
112 W. Third Street
Anaconda, Montana 59711
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Missoula, Montana 59801-6518
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Ronan, Montana 59864
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