Dr. Benjamin Laniakea is a board-certified family medicine physician specializing in full-spectrum LGBTQ+ health. They graduated from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical sciences and attended residency at UCSF Fresno Family and Community Medicine residency program. Since 2018 they have been the Theme Lead for the Sex, Gender, and Sexual Function curriculum at the Stanford School of Medicine and spearheaded the Stanford LGBTQ+ adult clinical program.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine, Family Medicine (2016)
  • Medical Education: University of Buffalo School of Medicine (2013) NY
  • Residency: UCSF Fresno Family Medicine Residency Program CA
  • MD, SUNY University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


Specializing In

  • LGBT Health

Practice Locations

LGBTQ+ Health Program Los Altos, CA
Los Altos, CA

960 N. San Antonio Road, Suite 101

Los Altos , CA 94022

(650) 724-8844

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Stanford Primary Care in Los Altos Los Altos, CA
Los Altos, CA

960 N. San Antonio Road, Suite 101

Los Altos , CA 94022

(650) 498-9000

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(69 reviews)

Dr. Ben is super professional, and friendly, I feel that he really cares about his patients’ well-being!
He’s an excellent doctor. Even with the high patient load he has, it still seems like he knows his patients and can remember details about them. Makes me feel valuable.
This was my first visit with Dr. Laniakea. He is obviously smart, knowledgeable, and compassionate, and he is a great communicator, funny, warm, and reassuring. I feel very lucky to have him as my new PCP. His LGBTQ Care Team members also did a great job of doing the preparation ahead of the visit so it could go smoothly and efficiently. Thank you so much!
Provides thoughtful, detailed advice.
Dr. Laniakea is wonderful and I'm glad he's my doctor.
Great, caring doctor
My favorite doctor.
He Is very Helpful good Dr
Very thoughtful and helpful, and good at making their patients feel comfortable enough to tell them all information needed.
Dr. Laniakea is an amazing doctor!
We think you are a fantastic doctor!
I appreciated Dr. Laniakea's listening abilities and I felt comfortable talking to him.
I think he is a very good doctor. I am very happy to be one of his patients
He was personable and knowledgeable.
Overall Awesomeness, I was hoping first visit was a physical checkup. Rather than a Video visit. Prior physical done by Stanford did not went so well. Rather disappointed.
Nothing but praise - he’s awesome.
This Doctor makes one feel quite comfortable in discussing all issues.
They were awesome and very understanding, I even learned some things I didn't know before. Definitely looking forward to having them as my primary care doctor
He’s an excellent doctor, asking a lot of questions to get at root of visit and understand my symptoms. He helps me understand what is likely happening, gives me recommendations, and clear next steps.
He is a great Doc!
I had been seen by Dr Laniakea once before and so has my husband (we’re both patients of Dr Vaughan). We both remembered Dr Laniakea as an excellent doctor, thorough, clear, an excellent listener with excellent advice and follow up, pleasant and likable. Today’s visit reaffirmed my very positive opinion of Dr Laniakea. Thank you!
He is very easy and very concern my health
Great doctor
I really liked this guy. he seemed to care about my issues and recommended that I get a longed appointment the next visit. he was more attentive to my concerns which made me feel validated and understood.
Dr. Laniakea excellent at paying attention to concern & questions. I have recommended them to others!
I had an amazing experience, and even recommend the doctor and the LGBTQT clinic to my friend.
Benji is fantastic, very personable and went above and beyond what I was expected in a primary care physician.
Dr. Laniakea was great. He listened to all my concerns and answered all my questions.
I feel dr laniakea has a real interest in my well being
Great care. I appreciate it.
loved Dr Ben Laniakea! His injection was the best ever!
Very pleased with doctor and staff
I really appreciate the care and kindness from Dr. Laniakea.
Dr. Laniakea and his whole team were amazing.
I felt at assured that I was in good hands.
Dr. Laniakea was personably, confident, knowledgable, and funny -- everything you could hope for in a doctor.
The clinician felt like he was in a bit of a hurry. it wasn't a nice feeling to feel like I was on the clock.
very thorough and considerate
As in my past visit overall good experience with Dr. Laniakea. I was personally preoccupied with work anxiety/stressors so some of that overshadowed my visit.
Good "bedside" manner; answers questions in understandable way. I hear MD's only listen for about 15 seconds after entering room; Dr. Laniakea listens much longer than that. I'm happy.
Dr. Laniakea is an extraordinary physician, and his attentiveness and respect to my needs as an LGBT person deserve much praise. He gave me multiple treatment options to choose from, described them in a way I could easily understand, and was knowledgeable and respectful about possible sexual needs and complications. I cannot imagine going through this same experience with doctors I had in years past.
The doctor looks always in a hurry. His conversation feels like he is waiting for an opportunity to end the meeting.
Dr. Laniakea is consistently professional yet down-to-earth in assessing medical problems. He listens and needs.
I really liked him and will not hesitate to see him again or contact him via email for things I may need. He was very helpful when I needed a prescription filled last minute and I had not yet meet him. He was also a great counselor in certain areas pertaining specifically to me.
Dr. Laniakea was wonderful to meet with. He was very personable and took the time to go through my list of concerns with respect to my overall health and referred me to a couple of specialists. I look forward to returning, knowing he will listen and answer questions.
Dr. Ben is awesome.
I can not say enough great things about Dr. Laniakea. He is extremely personable and builds a sense of trust and confidentiality immediately. I was very worried about the possibility that I could be diabetic, and was very hesitant to even bring this up. But he did an outstanding job of making our discussions safe and comfortable. Truly outstanding.
The primary care physician was courteous, friendly and took the time to explain everything.
Dr laniakea was calm, efficient and professional
excellent visit! doctor is so nice !
Dr. Laniakea was very knowledgeable and thorough. He didn't rush through the appointment and took time to make sure I understood everything. He definitely provided above average care.
Dr Ben Laniakea displays competence along with supportive feedback and direction. My confidence level is high.
already recommended dr. laniakea to my coworkers. my boss is now a patient.
I've recommended my provider to my co-workers. my boss will be seeing the same provider of my recommendation. I've also referred my roommate and other co-workers. I feel like Dr. Laniakea remembers me and knows me when he sees me. I don't feel like i'm one of a million patients that gets lost in the shuffle. I feel extremely comfortable discussing my health concerns that could even be embarrassing.
The main concern I came in for was dismissed pretty handedly. There's has been overwhelming evidence and recommendations from other organizations, CDC namely, to look into what I came in for. However, I was given an alternative that is preventative in nature but may simply mask the issue till it naturally goes away. Oh well....
Dr Benjamin explained me everything in detail, he was interesed and checkedall my syntonms
First time I've met Dr. Benjamin Laniakea. I was very impressed and hope he can add on a new patient, my teenage son.
The doctor was good about asking for preferred terminology, etc. and spent a lot of time discussing my concerns.
Very impressed with the doctor - I saw a Dr. who is covering for my Dr that's on maternity leave
It is a learning growing adventure.
Dr and staff really exceptional. Most impressive from reception through Dr.
The reason I gave a "Fair" rating on #9 (confidence) was because I got the sense that Dr. Laniakea didn't (have time to?) read my med history that I filled out ahead of time or the nurse's notes. He spent a fair amount of time on me, but I also had a number of issues to talk about and didn't have enough time to cover everything thoroughly but this I can understand.
Physician showed little interest in patient. He said he had no knowledge about my disease and everything would be handled by specialist. But at least, I think he should have shown dr.'s attitude as a PCP.
Dr. Benjamin is such an amazing doctor! I haven't felt as comfortable with a health care provider till I met him.
Extremely impressed with Dr. Laniakea! Excellent "bedside manner"; great listener & asks key questions; gives useful & practical advice & suggestions; kind, patient, understanding personality; very knowledgeable, comprehensive, & professional; helpful with referrals to other specialists; exceeded my expectations in quality of care provided
Never had such a great experience. He really was enthusiastic and caring and gave me positive feedback not just talked at me
The doctor had excellent manner, professional but also warm and friendly.
I found Dr Laniakea to be one of the friendliest and most down to earth doctors I have met, while still being knowledgeable and giving a high standard of care. Kudos! Will definitely be recommending him.

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