FAVORITE METRO LOCALS: Scott Stern, M.D., West Little Rock
Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of Surgical Oncology at CARTI Cancer Treatment Center
Originally from: Jackson, Michigan | Neighborhood: West Little Rock
Dr. Scott Stern moved to Little Rock from Michigan in 1978, when his father took a position at MM Cohn, a department store that was previously located on Capitol Avenue. Scott flew the coop and relocated to St. Louis to attend Washington University. Then, he had a brief stint as a Texan during his fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Still, the homefires burned deep and called Scott home to Arkansas. He wanted to be close to his family—and raise his own family here. "Little Rock is a remarkable place to raise a family." Scott said. “It is a medium-sized town that masquerades as a large city. You can literally find anything you need here, and the people are simply the best.”
When he first moved here, Scott hardly knew anyone, but he said it didn't take long before he made friends—forming deep lifelong friendships.“It was miraculous,” Scott said. “I was amazed at how I was welcomed and befriended.” Even though his own children have grown up and moved away to Brooklyn, New York and Sante Fe, New Mexico, Scott and his wife, Cindy, are rooted here. They love hosting friends and family at their home in West Little Rock. “We’re people-people,” Scott said.
In his free time, Scott enjoys riding his bike and going on runs to stay active. He plays golf and is a founding member of the River City Men’s Chorus. He also loves teaching Sunday school.
Scott also enjoys giving back to the city he loves. One of his favorite ways to do so is through CARTI's own Festival of Trees, a three-day event that raises money to support his hospital's mission and its more than 35,000 annual patients who come for care from every county in Arkansas and from surrounding states.
Favorite way to stay active: “Cycling; I stay active by riding my bike.”
Happy hour hot spot: “My bar in my house!”
Best local restaurant: The Terrace – Mediterranean Kitchen (West Little Rock)