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Primary Care
531 Mt Pleasant Dr
Scranton, PA 18503

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  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
1 232 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
- 4.8 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 >
Sep 29
i have recommended DR. Stella to many friends and family
Sep 27
Dr Stella is courteous, knowledgeable, and thorough
Sep 21
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
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
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
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
Dr Stella is top notch
Jul 28
Dr.Stella is a great Doctor who is over taxed with patients
Jul 28
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
Dr. Stella always listens & takes his time with all my visits. He is a wonderful doctor & I feel comfortable with him.
Jul 20
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
Dr. Stella was very good in calming my fears and letting me know exactly what he was doing.
June 23
Dr. Stella is one of the best doctor you have.
June 17
Dr. Stella is excellent!!
June 1
Dr. Stella has been my dr. for many years. He has always been caring, efficient and concerned - would highly recommend him.
May 20
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
My confidence in dr. Stella is at least a hundred and 110% . I wouldn't want any other doctor than him
May 6
May 3
#8. Probably why we were in waiting rm. so long.
Apr 18
Dr Stella is very good bedside manners
Apr 15
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
would not recommend because of wait time every time
Apr 5
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
Dr Stella is always willing to listen and discuss problems. He always returns telephone calls himself.
March 25
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
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
March 15
Great place.
March 15
Dr. Stella is always friendly, Informative takes his time explaining things ,,, caring I would definitely recommend him to anyone,
March 14
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
Dr. Stella is courteous, thorough, and intelligent.
March 4
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
Dr. Stella is always friendly helpful, informative I would recommend him always
Feb 15
Dr Stella is kind and compassionate and listens!
Feb 15
Dr. Stella has been my family's doctor for many years and we never had any problems with him. He has always been very caring and considerate, always taking time to listen to any concerns we have.
Feb 3
#8, 9. 1/2 hr.
Jan 15
Dr. Stella is the best doctor walk-in Geisinger Health System.
Jan 12
Dr Stella is very thoughtful , will listen to my problems, will explain and discuss treatments and tests, is courteous and kind. I believe he sincerely cares about my health and me as a person. I have recommended him.
Jan 11
Jan 8
Dr. Stella is a constant professional. He has always provided me with constant medical help even on your my giesinger program. I think that is a excellent innovation also.
Jan 5
Dr. Stella is excellent. He takes his time to address any issues you may have, wonderful doctor.
Dec 31, 2015
Dec 30, 2015
Dr. Stella is a wonderful, caring doctor, best I ever had. I have total confidence in him.
Dec 23, 2015
Dr Stella is a very caring Doctor I never feel rushed, he answers what ever questions I might have
Dec 17, 2015
Dr. Joseph Stella was very good.
Dec 9, 2015
I have no complaints about Dr. Stella. He is very knowledgeable, and polite. He also listens to what you say what your problem is.
Dec 1, 2015
I'm not sure I should recommend because I think he is in demand...he has been a tremendous doctor.
Dec 1, 2015
As a potential new patient this experience was horrible. Doctor Stella greeted me and proceeded to ask me questions then his cell phone rings and he answers it. He has 1 -2 min phone call with i beleive his son. He hangs up the phone and apologies. I was ready to walk out as soon as he picked up the phone, I didn't as i waited about 1 month for this appt.
Nov 30, 2015
Dr. Stella was tremendous! I went for a specific problem and not only did he thoroughly explain what a goiter was, but why I needed follow up care with a specialist. By 10 am the next morning I had an appointment with an endocrinologist!
Nov 16, 2015
I think that Dr. Stella is one of the best Physicians I've ever had as my PCP!
Nov 2, 2015
Dr. Stella is a wonderful doctor, and I am very lucky to have him as my physician. He listens to everything I say, and answers any questions that I may have.
Oct 29, 2015
Dr. Joseph E Stella is one of the finest doctors me & my wife ever went to. He listens, he cares, he's down to earth when talking to us & explains our problems very thoroughly.
Oct 29, 2015
Both me and my husband love our Dr, Joseph Stella, he always explains things thoroughly and checks everything thoroughly. he listens and is truly concerned,we have confidence in him like no other. we feel like he is family, he shows much concern, and never rushes us out.