Benjamin Laniakea

Benjamin Laniakea

Family medicine doctor

Bio:   Dr. Benjamin Laniakea is a board-certified family medicine physician specializing in full-spectrum LGBTQ+ health. He 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 he has been the Theme Lead for the Sex, Gender, and Sexual Function curriculum at the Stanford School of Medicine and spearheads the new Stanford LGBTQ+ program.
4.7 out of 5
112 Patient Ratings
37 Patient Comments

Stanford Primary Care in Los Altos

  • 960 N. San Antonio Road
  • Suite 101
  • Los Altos , CA 94022
  • Phone: 650-498-9000
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LGBTQ+ Health Program

  • 960 N. San Antonio Road
  • Suite 101
  • Los Altos , CA 94022
  • Phone: 650-498-9000
More Clinic Information » Getting Here » Make An Appointment

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine (2016)
  • Medical Education: University of Buffalo School of Medicine (2013) NY
  • Residency: UCSF Fresno Family Medicine Residency ProgramCA
  • MD, SUNY University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
4.9

Friendliness

4.7

Explanations

4.7

Listens

4.7

Includes you in decisions

4.9

Clear Communication

4.7

Confidence in your doctor

4.6

Recommended to others

4.7

Wait times

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

I really appreciate the care and kindness from Dr. Laniakea.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. Laniakea and his whole team were amazing.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

I felt at assured that I was in good hands.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Dr. Laniakea was personably, confident, knowledgable, and funny -- everything you could hope for in a doctor.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

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.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

very thorough and considerate

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

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.

SHC Patient, Sep 2018

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.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

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.

SHC Patient, May 2018

The doctor looks always in a hurry. His conversation feels like he is waiting for an opportunity to end the meeting.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

Dr. Laniakea is consistently professional yet down-to-earth in assessing medical problems. He listens and needs.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

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.

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4.7 out of 5
112 Patient Ratings
37 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

I really appreciate the care and kindness from Dr. Laniakea.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. Laniakea and his whole team were amazing.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

I felt at assured that I was in good hands.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Dr. Laniakea was personably, confident, knowledgable, and funny -- everything you could hope for in a doctor.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

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.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

very thorough and considerate

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

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.

SHC Patient, Sep 2018

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.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

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.

SHC Patient, May 2018

The doctor looks always in a hurry. His conversation feels like he is waiting for an opportunity to end the meeting.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

Dr. Laniakea is consistently professional yet down-to-earth in assessing medical problems. He listens and needs.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

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.

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

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.

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

Dr. Ben is awesome.

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

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.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

The primary care physician was courteous, friendly and took the time to explain everything.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

Dr laniakea was calm, efficient and professional

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

excellent visit! doctor is so nice !

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

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.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Dr Ben Laniakea displays competence along with supportive feedback and direction. My confidence level is high.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

already recommended dr. laniakea to my coworkers. my boss is now a patient.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

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.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

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....

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Dr Benjamin explained me everything in detail, he was interesed and checkedall my syntonms

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

First time I've met Dr. Benjamin Laniakea. I was very impressed and hope he can add on a new patient, my teenage son.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

The doctor was good about asking for preferred terminology, etc. and spent a lot of time discussing my concerns.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Very impressed with the doctor - I saw a Dr. who is covering for my Dr that's on maternity leave

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

It is a learning growing adventure.

SHC Patient, May 2017

Dr and staff really exceptional. Most impressive from reception through Dr.

SHC Patient, May 2017

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.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

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.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Benjamin is such an amazing doctor! I haven't felt as comfortable with a health care provider till I met him.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

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

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Never had such a great experience. He really was enthusiastic and caring and gave me positive feedback not just talked at me

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

The doctor had excellent manner, professional but also warm and friendly.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

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.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Good