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Primary Care
531 Mt Pleasant Dr
Scranton, PA 18503

There is no publicly available rating for this care provider for one or more of the following reasons:
  1. He or she does not see patients in the outpatient clinic setting.
  2. He or she sees patients, but has not yet received the minimum number of Patient Satisfaction Reviews. To be eligible for display, we require a minimum of 30 surveys. This ensures that the rating is accurate and statistically reliable.
  3. He or she is a community provider, not a Geisinger-employed provider. Community providers tend to see patients in their own private outpatient practices, which we do not survey.

Stella, Joseph E., MD Visit for information on Joseph E. Stella, MD. Find contact information, medical education, affiliated hospitals and more.
Overall Rating:
4.7 out of 5
1 221 ratings

Practicing Specialties:

  • Family Medicine, Board Certified, 1981
  • Primary Care


  • Temple University, School of Medicine 1978


  • Geisinger Medical Center 1981

Patient Satisfaction Ratings:

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to care provider-related questions on our nationally recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our survey >
1. Friendliness/courtesy of provider
- 4.8 out of 5
2. Provider explanations of prob/condition
- 4.7 out of 5
3. Provider concern for questions/worries
- 4.7 out of 5
4. Provider efforts to include in decisions
- 4.7 out of 5
5. Provider information about medications
- 4.7 out of 5
6. Provider instructions for follow-up care
- 4.7 out of 5
7. Provider spoke using clear language
- 4.8 out of 5
8. Time provider spent with patient
- 4.7 out of 5
9. Patients' confidence in provider
- 4.8 out of 5
10. Likelihood of recommending provider
- 4.7 out of 5

Patient Comments:

The comments are submitted by patients (or their caregivers) and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Geisinger. Learn more about our survey >
Feb 1
Dr. Stella is an amazing doctor. I think there are too many people scheduled too closely and that creates a back up that is unfair to this great man. I suggest that scheduling realize that he needs more than 30 minutes with each patient. It is because of him that we remain with Geisinger and Geisinger needs to make accommodations for this doctor.
Jan 23
all good comments
Jan 16
Dr Stella is thorough, knowledgeable and professional
Jan 12
The Dr was on time until the patient before me, it seems the patient needed an interpreter. My appt was for a physical but ended up as a regular appt, Dr covered everything throughly
Jan 11
Excellent dr.
Dec 20, 2016
I have been seeing Dr Stella for 26 years and always found him to be very professional and detail oriented.
Dec 19, 2016
Dr. Stella is a kind and concerned Physician.
Dec 6, 2016
Was supposed to schedule follow up with people for sleep apnea. I have heard nothing yet.
Dec 5, 2016
DR Stella cannot do enough to help you,he explanes everything so you understand, and I feel very comfortable around him,I couldn't ask for a better doctor.
Nov 30, 2016
Dr Stella has been my doctor since I was a kind... I would recommend him to anyone
Nov 28, 2016
Dr Stella is top. Cares about his patients 100%.
Nov 18, 2016
all around excellent doctor
Nov 7, 2016
Very good doctor.
Nov 2, 2016
Dr. Stella works very do his best with my health and has managed it very well
Nov 1, 2016
the very best of care a great doctor I trust him with my health 100 per cent
Oct 19, 2016
All was absolutely outstanding
Oct 12, 2016
Dr is kind, patient, answers my questions, I understand what he tells me and he is open to my suggestions regarding tests or treatments
Oct 5, 2016
I very much trust and feel confident that doctor is providing me with the best care sending me to specialists or testing when there are issues. He listens & pays attention!!
Oct 4, 2016
I give Dr. Joseph Stella 10 stars! He is so professional, and a wonderful person.
Sep 29, 2016
i have recommended DR. Stella to many friends and family
Sep 27, 2016
Dr Stella is courteous, knowledgeable, and thorough
Sep 21, 2016
Dr Stella is a very considerate & very knowledgable physician. Waiting time to see him is a little frustrating, but he is well worth the wait.
Sep 6, 2016
Dr. Stella has been a heaven-sent to me. His calm and concerned attitude for me as a patient, was very helpful and comforting to me.
Aug 29, 2016
Dr Stella is the best and I do recommend him to people. Would not go to anyone else except Kelly Haikes the best.
Aug 18, 2016
I complained of periodic chest pain/discomfort I have been experiencing, particularly whenever I sneeze. Dr. Stella asked some questions, gave me a physical exam and ordered a chest x-ray. He did mention the nature of my problem could be musculoskeletal. The x-ray turned out to be negative for any abnormalities. Dr. Stella did not offer a diagnosis or prescribe any medication or follow-up care for my condition. Another doctor I know (not affiliated with Geisinger) told me two days later that I have costochondritis. That doctor said I am probably doing something physically on a routine basis that offends the condition. That doctor said an over-the-counter pain/anti-inflammatory medication, such as Alleve, might benefit me. I e-mailed Dr. Stella to let him know. He replied via e-mail that he had "discussed" costochondritis with me during my recent visit, but perhaps "wasn't clear enough." In any case, he never mentioned the word costochondritis. I left his office not knowing what I had. In an unrelated matter, Dr. Stella also said he would arrange for me to have a routine colonoscopy, because I am 50, but I haven't heard anything back about that yet.
Aug 18, 2016
Dr Stella is top notch
Jul 28, 2016
Dr.Stella is a great Doctor who is over taxed with patients
Jul 28, 2016
Dr. Stella was excellent. My son had glass in his foot. Dr. Stella referred us to Dr. Nasser and called her on the phone. Dr. Nasser wasn't even in office that day, but went in to treat my son. the staff was excellent.
Jul 27, 2016
Dr. Stella always listens & takes his time with all my visits. He is a wonderful doctor & I feel comfortable with him.
Jul 20, 2016
Dr Stella is very thorough at every visit wether being minor to a strong concern. He goes beyond and above for myself and my children. I have recommended him to friends family and strangers I speak to that struggle to find someone that understands and takes time out to actually sit with them and get to what problem is and quick for solutions. I have had plenty of whom I recommended thank me so much for showing someone who not only takes month to make appt and take time for the patients y see his patients on level not globe nor below
June 23, 2016
Dr. Stella was very good in calming my fears and letting me know exactly what he was doing.
June 23, 2016
Dr. Stella is one of the best doctor you have.
June 17, 2016
Dr. Stella is excellent!!
June 1, 2016
Dr. Stella has been my dr. for many years. He has always been caring, efficient and concerned - would highly recommend him.
May 20, 2016
Dr Stella said to go to ER. I went to GWV ER and that was the right thing to do. I had a 100% blocked frontal coronary artery
May 19, 2016
My confidence in dr. Stella is at least a hundred and 110% . I wouldn't want any other doctor than him
May 6, 2016
May 3, 2016
#8. Probably why we were in waiting rm. so long.
Apr 28, 2016
The care provider was courteous, attentive, knowledgeable, professional - Dr. Stella has my respect and I sincerely appreciate his attention and medical care -
Apr 18, 2016
Dr Stella is very good bedside manners
Apr 15, 2016
I visit Dr. Stella every month for a number of reasons plus an injection from nurse. I would be lost and my family would suffer if we ever lost " THE CAREGIVER OF MT. PLEASENT!"
Apr 13, 2016
would not recommend because of wait time every time
Apr 5, 2016
Dr. Stella is great! He's the only reason I go to Geisinger. He doesn't make me feel rushed when talking to me or when I have questions. He asks me how I feel & pays attention to what I say. He shows concern.
March 29, 2016
Dr Stella is always willing to listen and discuss problems. He always returns telephone calls himself.
March 25, 2016
Dr. Stella is a very good doctor but he also is very empathetic. I have mental illnesses and he is the only pcp that I have been to that treats me like a person and not my illnesses. He listens to me regarding my mental illnesses as sometimes they can affect me physically and vice versa. I have trust issues with living with PTSD and I am developing trust with him. He asks about my litium levels, just many little things he does that shows he cares and is very diligent. And same as with my Psychiatrist I am involved with my treatment. They are the doctors, of course, but I know myself better than anyone and am my own advocate. Dr. Stella listens and unlike other doctors he isn't threatened by a patient bspeaking. He also knows what he is doing and has never done anything that I would questions. I am fairly new with him and I have some severe disorders so the reason I am writing so much is because ever since I was dx with first few illnesses I went through a few pcp's and they treated me horrible and it was directly related to me living with mental illnesses. So, to finally find a doctor that is good so far is a great feeling because I have enough to deal with everyday. I have been with my Psychiatrist for 16 years so I feel I have a good team now including my trauma therapist. I hope this helped you.
March 24, 2016
Dr. Stella listened very well,and has compassion, and always asks if we need anything else in our care. good man and good Dr.
March 15, 2016
March 15, 2016
Great place.
March 15, 2016
Dr. Stella is always friendly, Informative takes his time explaining things ,,, caring I would definitely recommend him to anyone,
March 14, 2016
Have never had a problem with Dr. Stella, the only issue ever is too many patients for him to see and I don't imagine that's in his control
March 7, 2016
Dr. Stella is courteous, thorough, and intelligent.
March 4, 2016
Dr Stella has always treated me very well. I have many chronic diseases, and he has never seemed overwhelmed by that. Moreover, he's been flexible in my care. We talk about different treatments, and he takes the time to listen about my visits with specialists etc. I rate him as A plus on 3/4/16 (as usual).
March 1, 2016
Dr. Stella is always friendly helpful, informative I would recommend him always