Dr. Stern was born and grew up in New York City.
He attended the Bronx High School of Science, the flagship public high school
which offers an advanced academic curriculum to those students who are accepted
after passing a rigorous entrance examination. A special distinction of the school
is the fact that it has had the most Nobel Prize winners (seven) of any high
school in the world.
He graduated Cum Laude from Queens College in
New York with a baccalaureate degree in chemistry-biology after winning a New
York State Regents Scholarship. He was also inducted into the prestigious Phi
Beta Kappa Honor Society.
In 1969 he was granted his Doctor of Medicine
degree. He graduated from New York University School of Medicine, again having
been awarded a New York State Regents Scholarship in competitive examination.
His postgraduate training included a five year
residency in General Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City,
after which he obtained certification from the American Board of Surgery and a
three year residency in plastic surgery at New York City’s Mount Sinai Medical
Center, which he completed in 1979. Certification from the American Board of
Plastic Surgery was obtained in 1980.
The Viet Nam conflict was still ongoing in 1971,
during Dr. Stern’s general surgery training. At that time he was commissioned a
Lieutenant in the United States Navy Medical Corps and assigned to the U.S.
Naval Hospital in Orlando, Florida. His duties included serving as Officer-in-Charge
of Surgical Support Team 17, for which he received a Naval Letter of
Commendation for organizing, training, and leading the rapid deployment medical
unit. He received an honorable
discharge in 1973 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He began his practice in 1979 in West Virginia
in an underserved, rural Appalachian area.
The community’s needs called for application of the full spectrum of
plastic surgery, including management of birth defects, burns, hand and
maxillofacial trauma, and cancer reconstruction, as well as answering requests
for elective cosmetic procedures. In addition, there was a lack of fully
trained general surgeons, and he was able to provide this service as well, thus
adding an extra dimension to the experiences encountered.
Dr. Stern relocated to Tampa with his family in
1986, and over this period of time he has developed an elective cosmetic practice.
He has particular expertise with body recontouring including breast surgery
(augmentation, lifting, and reduction) and reshaping of the torso with
abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction with an emphasis on “Mommy
Make-Overs” and excess skin and tissues following weight loss (bariatric)