“As surgeons, we are sometimes given the unique opportunity to ‘cure’ people in a very rapid fashion. I enjoy when my patients return to the office and feel well after months, sometimes years, of pain or discomfort.”
Lawrence Stern, MD, FACS, FASCRS, is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon at Fairfax Colon & Rectal Surgery, PC, serving adults at six convenient locations in Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Alexandria, Gainesville, Woodbridge, and Lansdowne, Virginia.
Dr. Stern knew he wanted to pursue a career in medicine since adolescence. His first job was as an emergency medical technician (EMT) at age 16. After realizing that EMTs couldn’t establish long-term relationships with their patients, he decided to become a doctor.
Dr. Stern earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After graduation, he enrolled at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville. There, Dr. Stern discovered a passion for the technical aspects of surgery and decided to pursue general surgical training.
After obtaining his medical degree, Dr. Stern completed a general surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. He excelled in the program, earning a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award to conduct two years of specialty research.
Dr. Stern wanted to advance his skills in colon and rectal surgery, so he sought specialized training in the field. At the end of his residency, Dr. Stern moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and completed a Colon and Rectal Surgical Fellowship at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Since joining the team at Fairfax Colon & Rectal Surgery, PC, the practice has grown exponentially. Outside the office, Dr. Stern enjoys spending time with his wife and their two daughters.