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About Dr. Melissa D Kern

Dr. Melissa D Kern, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Arlington, VA, with another office in Sterling, VA. She has 30 years of experience. Her specialties include Ophthalmology. Dr. Kern is affiliated with Inova Loudoun Hospital, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and HOWARD COUNTY GENERAL HOSPITAL Pharmacy. Dr. Kern has received 2 awards. She speaks English.

Rating Overview

21 Ratings with 12 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Melissa D Kern is Good. Dr. Melissa D Kern has been rated by 21 patients. From those 21 patients 12 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Melissa D Kern is 2.7 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address


1635 N George Mason Dr Ste 100
Arlington, VA 22205
(703) 524-5777

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46169 Westlake Dr Ste 130
Sterling, VA 20165
(571) 434-2927


Dr. Melissa D Kern has the following 1 specialty

  • Ophthalmology

    An ophthalmologist has the training to do much more than just prescribe glasses. They are physicians specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the eyes and vision. These doctors are experts on the complicated anatomy of the eye and are trained to treat eye diseases through both medical and surgical methods.
    Some common conditions that ophthalmologists treat are cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and amblyopia. In addition, ophthalmologists can provide prescriptions for eye glasses and contact lenses and perform LASIK surgery and other corrective surgeries for refractive errors like myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Melissa D Kern has the following 9 expertise

  • Glaucoma
  • Blindness
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Cataract
  • Vision Issues
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Eye Exam
  • Lasik Surgery
  • Eye Pain

Board Certifications

Dr. Melissa D Kern is Board Certified in 1 specialty

See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience.


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Awful for children

I do not recommend Dr. Kern. She seemed confused and went back and forth on her recommendation for treatment of my child. Also, she was not good at all with my child so I question how often she sees children. She may be better with adults but I do not recommend taking a child to see her. I had zero confidence in her so sought two more opinions from doctors that seem much more competent. I have never commented on a doctor online but felt compelled to do so in this case because my experience was so terrible.

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One Star

I think Dr. Kern is a good doctor but the policies of the office are a NIGHTMARE. They cancelled my son's surgery the evening before. I had grandparents flying in to help, took off 4 weeks of work, etc and THEY CANCELLED! Then I cancelled a regular visit and they charged me $75. They cost me $1200 in plane change fees. She is rude, self-righteous and the staff is a NIGHTMARE. Then -- you wait 2.5 hours and they wonder why a 3 year old is mad and can't sit to read the chart. Time for a new doctor/practice.

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Amazing staff and doctors !!

I went with my 15 month old daughter for an eye check up and have Cigna POS , once I made the appointment the front desk was so friendly of telling me I needed a referral to be seen by an specialist . I was so glad they told me because I never knew that once I got off the phone I called my daughter pediatrician and they knew what I was taking about as an responsible parent my responsibility was to make sure I had that referral because I made agreement with my insurance . Also the friendly reminders of the referral they made sure I had it . The doctor was friendly and answer any questions you needed. The staff always was there to help out if you had more questions and how they made her smile so she wouldn't be scared if you want a place to feel comfortable with your child this is the place to go !!!

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Nice dr but you lose your whole day there

This is like a trend I have been here more three time and each time I have to spend more than one hour to complete my visit. They mau tell you uou have silate uiur eyes and belah belah But we all these thy atill can fininsh the work in 35 minutes. They may think they are efficient from their point of view but not from customer view point. I believe you need to take a half day off to come here . If you don't believe just try it.

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not good experience

the policies trump health carewould advise looking elsewhere

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  • Awards

    2 Awards

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition

    Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011)

    Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2011)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Kern is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    30 Years Experience

  • Tulane University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1988

  • New England Medical Center


  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Melissa D Kern accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Select
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • Aetna Innovation Health
    • Aetna VA Signature Gold HMO
  • Anthem
    • Anthem KeyCare PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • CareFirst BCBS
    • CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage
    • CareFirst BluePreferred PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland POS
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
    • Coventry - Bon Secours Tier 2
    • Coventry - Southside Tier 2
    • Coventry DE PPO
    • Coventry Southern Health PPO
    • Coventry Virginia - HMO
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
    • PHCS PPO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO

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