Dr. Clete A. Kushida is a neurologist who specializes in the diagnosis and management of sleep related breathing disorders (e.g., obstructive sleep apnea), sleep-related movement disorders (e.g., restless legs syndrome), and parasomnias (e.g., sleepwalking, REM sleep behavior disorder). He is a neurologist, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford; Associate Chair, Division Chief, and Medical Director of Stanford Sleep Medicine; and Director of the Stanford Center for Human Sleep Research. He is the inaugural President of the World Sleep Society, past President of the World Sleep Federation, past President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and founding President of the California Sleep Society. Dr. Kushida has conducted basic and clinical sleep research since 1977, served as Principal Investigator for numerous large federally and industry sponsored studies, and his research interests include the anatomic and physiologic changes associated with sleep apnea, the management of restless legs syndrome, and countermeasures for sleep loss. He has authored or edited over 300 publications including six books, and serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Sleep Science and Practice as well as the largest publication on the field of sleep to date, the Encyclopedia of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms (2nd edition, 6 volumes, 454 chapters, 827 authors, 3,835 pages).

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Fellowship, Stanford University, Sleep Medicine (1996)
  • Residency, University of California San Diego, Neurology (1994)
  • Internship, University of Hawaii, Internal Medicine (1991)
  • M.D., Univ of Chicago, Medicine (1990)
  • Ph.D., Univ of Chicago, Neurosciences/Biopsychology (1986)
  • M.S., Stanford University, Biological Sciences (1982)
  • B.A.S., Stanford University, Biological Sciences/Psychology (1981)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate Chair-Sleep Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2020 - Present)
  • Director, Stanford University Center for Human Sleep Research (1996 - Present)
  • Division Chief, Stanford Sleep Medicine (2017 - Present)
  • Medical Director, Stanford Sleep Medicine (2010 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Sleep Medicine Center Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street, Pavilion B, 2nd Floor, MC 5730

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-6601

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Hypertension Center Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive, 1st Floor, Suite A11

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 723-6961

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(69 reviews)

Dr. Kushida listened to my questions and concerns answering all of my questions. I look forward to receiving the follow up information that was discussed. I will be contacting him as suggested if I need further letters of medical necessity to provide my insurance company and device supplies company.
Dr Kushida was very thourough and took the time to do a well check up. He seemed sincerely interested in the patient's questions.
Dr. Kushida is professional, responsive. He listened to my comments and concerns.
Did through exam and very knowledgeable about sleeping issues
Dr. Kushida asked detailed questions related to my sleep apnea. Explained every aspects of sleep apnea, and possible options. He read my old home sleep study and highlights issues reported by another medical facility, which were not explained me that medical facility, I personally Thank Dr Kushida for his detailed time spent on my case.
I would highly recommend you to any one with restless legs i was very pleased with Doctor Clete Kushida he helped me to understand and put me to ease as to what to do thank you very much
Did a great job helping me understand my issues and options for treatment.
He seemed very knowledgeable about the problem I contacted him about. He seemed to have a nice manner and demonstrated concern for me an the issue I'm facing. He was more helpful than the neurologist I have been seeing. I liked him.
Dr Kushida is excellent and has been my specialist for nearly 15 years. I am v happy with him and his team
Great listener and very attentive. Extremely knowledgable.
Dr. Kushida is very thorough and knowledgeable. He answered all my questions and is very professional. I highly recommend him to anyone with sleep apnea problem.
On time, had read the notes, knowledgable about my case, helpful, attentive
Dr Kushida is an excellent physician-knowledgable and compassionate. I would highly recommend Stanford Sleep Clinic for patients interested in state of the art effective and compassionate care.
Dr. Kushida was thorough, asking pertinent questions, and listened to my responses. He also inquired if I had any specific or additional questions. A follow up plan was discussed. I can contact him if issues arise and he would see me in a year for an annual visit if no issues presented sooner.
Excellent at explaining items that are discussed and is interested in seeing my sleep improve
Excellent Doctor and confident he will help.
No complaints.
Very good overall.
Consultation experience excellent.
The experience was very clear, concise and developed a better understanding of the process.
really value the doctor/s I meet with here, they take their time to explain each step and what's normal to expect during the process and helpful tips to consider during my treatment
I ended up spending most of my time with the fellow. She was very nice but not particularly informed about my condition and I had to explain several things to her. she was pleasant, but not well-informed.
Dr. Singh was very easy to talk to and understood my concerns.
Gave me generic information rather then information tailored to my sleep test.
They were excellent.
All questions were fully answered and clearly explained.
Excellent responsive care, caring, thoughtful approach by Fellow and Attending physicians.
Well done!
I had no worries, so again, there was no applicable answer to question 3 in this section.
This doctor is absolutely incredible. He is caring, thorough, kind, listens
Dr. Kushida. Very good experience as noted above. Dr. Tsai was also very good. Address leak problem and prescribed smaller mask (nasal).
Dr. Cheng, embodied all of the positive attributes one would desire in a physician. She was, professional but friendly, caring and clearly concerned about my welfare. You need more doctors like her.
Dr. Kushida was using his computer for most of our meeting. He hardly made eye contact.
He wouldn't leave the room until he was sure I understood what was happening and why.
Dr. Kushida made me feel that my questions were unfounded and that he did not have time for me. He was in a hurry to leave the room as I tried to ask him about the pros & cons of having a sleep apnea test at home vs. at Stanford clinic. Dr. Kushida
Very good experience.
Dr. kushita is first rate.
Follow-up by doctor w/i 24-48 hrs. did not happen - took a few weeks to hear back from them.
Very good!
Dr. Kuchida is amazing. He cut through to the problem and solved it in under five minutes calling the sleep dentist and getting an appointment scheduled. He is just plain cool!!! The younger doctor did not look at me when she talked to me. She was smart, knowledgeable & I assume caring, but she did not have info @ the sleep dentist. I found her failure to look at me and her failure to just say - "I don't know, let's ask/do X to find out. Quite off-putting.
The doctor's assistant spent a fair amount of time with me. The main doctor spent about 7 minutes with me. I don't think that is sufficient time.
Dr. Kushida is great. Calm, relaxed, to the point. Took the time to research my problem and resolved my issue.
physician was stone cold. No empathy. Barely wanted to talk to me. poorly explained options. I brought in lots of prior records Spent most of time reviewing those, and inputting his notes. Should have been asked to forward records prior to appointment and use appt. time to communicate with patient.
Dr. Kushida was very kind. But it was Dr. Christopher Nguyen that was mostly dealt with and he was VERY understanding of our situation; what could & could not be accomplished with our son (disabled); and prescribed the only course of action that was reasonable. Very good doctor.
Left confused. Like I was a statistic in and out.
Dr. Singh was extremely patient, helpful, and easy to talk to. He showed concern for my issues and made an effort to answer all of my questions. Would absolutely visit the sleep clinic again based on this interaction.
Clean, concerned, knowledgeable very helpful.
Dr. was kind & patient. Would be a good fit for other clients without narcolepsy.
Thorough process and professional follow-up.
Excellent service with dr. Horrible experience with lady @ checkout & scheduling appt.
I am very fortunate to be under the care of Dr. Kushida. he is a very knowledgeable doctor who explained to me the terms I couldn't understand on my sleep study results. He listened to my concerns and answered all my questions. He did not rush the visit, he spent a good amount of time w/me.
Dr. was thorough and patient with my questions.
outstanding experience
Dr. Matthew Chow and Dr. Anthony Kushida were very professional, caring and attentive to my needs and answered my questions and concerns in detail.
Excellent - experience was very thorough.
I was impressed and pleased that I never felt rushed. He took plenty of time to answer all my questions and discuss options.
Very very good dr. Stanford Bay always had & will always have awesome well educated Dr.
I have the utmost confidence and trust in Dr Kushida and his health plan for me
Overall we was good. First seen by Dr. Ashbrook, then Koshida. Felt a lack of urgency in solving problem for better or worse; but were very competent and knowledgeable. Overall 8/10.
Excellent intake by fellow MD. Almost overly courteous! Listened well. EXTREMELY brief visit with attending - showed concern & next steps. Was afraid to guess at source of problem.
Provider left me quickly without explain next step, or without making sure next step was followed. I felt be dealt with like a junk!
I like this guy a lot. I feel confident in him.
DRs. are very caring, understanding, compassionate, professional.
Concern by referring dr. were NOT addressed.
Good experience.
Did not get the help I needed to use the CPAP mask effectively - sent me to Apria office where they did not provide needed help either.

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