Tamara Montacute

Family medicine doctor

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

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Tamara Kailoa Montacute is a board certified Family Medicine physician. She enjoys taking care of the entire family (including kids), and has special interest in women’s health, adolescent health, community health, chronic disease management, mental health and office based procedures. She also speaks Spanish.

She was born in New Zealand, grew up in England and moved to Seattle when she was twelve. Prior to attending medical school at Stanford, she completed her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University and spent several years working on public health programs in Mexico, Panama, Ethiopia and Rwanda. After medical school, she completed a Family Medicine Residency at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose. She is the co-medical director of Arbor Free Clinic, teaches several primary care focused medical student courses and spends part of her time caring for patients at the Samaritan House Free Clinics in Redwood City and San Mateo.

Outside the clinic, she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and playing with her daughter and 2 dogs.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (2013) CA
  • Residency: O'Connor Hospital (2016) CA
  • Board Certification, Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine (2016)
  • Integrative Med Certificate, Arizona Center of Integrative Medicine (2016)
  • Residency, San Jose - O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program, O'Connor-Stanford Leaders in Education Pathway (2016)
  • Medical Education, Stanford Medical School, Community Health Scholarly Concentration (2013)
  • Masters in Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, Environmental Health Sciences, Global Health Track (2008)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Barnard College, Columbia University, Major: Environmental Science, Minor: Biology (2005)

Administrative Appointments
  • Co-Associate Medical Director, Samaritan House Free Clinic (2022 - Present)
  • Co-Medical Director, Arbor Student Run Free Clinics (2016 - Present)
  • Director, Undergraduate and Medical Student Education, Stanford Primary Care and Population Health (2022 - Present)
  • Minor Procedure Service Co-Lead, Stanford Family Medicine (2017 - Present)


Specializing In

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • LGBTQ+ Health
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Stress Management and Anxiety
  • Travel Medicine
  • Women's Health

Practice Locations

Stanford Primary Care in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

211 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-9000

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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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(178 reviews)

Dr. Montacute is the best! I am so fortunate to have her as my doctor!
Dr. Montacute is the best! I truly and deeply feel so fortunate to have her as my doctor!
Dr Montacute is amazing and caring and a great doctor!
The Dra Montacute is excellent
I just wrote a very complimentary note about Dr Montacute. She's a very knowledgeable caring and helpful Physician. She always shows compassion and concern for my well being and she is always open to helping me with referrals to appropriate doctors and services. Thank you.
She is simply awesome. She not only has terrific medical knowledge and expertise, but is also highly compassionate and empathic. This makes the conversation and information flow for me, both really easy and effective.
Excellent provider
Always listens to my concerns.
Dr. Montacute is such a caring doctor. I am so fortunate to have her as my PCP!
Dr. Montacute was wonderful as always.
Awesome doctor both in terms of medical skills and emotional intelligence.
Dr. Montacute is so kind and wonderful doctor ever. She makes patients feel comfortable and listens to patients concerns, and trying to solve the problems as much as she can together with patients.
She is an exceptional Physician. She listens and responds in a thoughtful and respectful manner
Prompt service, expanded companion app functionality adds convenience
The office was run efficiently and I really like my physician.
She is a fantastic Dr. Can’t say enough wonderful things about her.
Dear Dr. Montacute, Both I and my wife Maria,...we are extremely fortunate to have you as our primary care physician. You're erudite medical knowledge and highly evolved directives for patients like us have been nothing short of brilliant, well received,...and successful for all intensive purposes! Please know that Maria and I are truly appreciative, genuinely grateful, and profoundly thankful to have you as our primary care physician. Finally, thank you for granting us with your outstanding Medical Health Care by consistently, and unwaveringly gifting us with your intelligence, wisdom, and practical sense with respect to ALL of our medical health care needs. I've said / written this before and I'll repeat myself again: You're an outstanding medical doctor for whom I and Maria are both so fortunate to have as our Primary care physician. We deeply treasure and value your medical health care. Most gratefully, respectfully, thankfully, Herschel (Maria included)
Excellent Dr. I can’t say enough about how wonderful she is.
Great doctor!
Dr. Montacute and her team are very thorough and professional.
Best medical service provider I have had.
very happy
Absolutely love this Dr. She is fantastic!
Dr. Montacute is brilliant! My wife(her PCP is also Dr. Montacute), and I--we are deeply grateful and thankful to be fortunate to have her as our primary care physician. Beyond her supreme intelligence, highly competent health and medical knowledge, Dr. Montacute genuinely cares about her patients.
Took the time to listen about my concerns
Dr. Montacute is knowledgable, skilled, thoughtful, engaged, and compassionate.
Dr. Tamara Montacute is a great provider. She is genuinely concerned about my well-being, she's responsive and follows through with my questions and concerns.
Excellent and thorough. Wonderful and kind doctor.
Very thoughtful and caring. I am pleased with her service.
Dr Montacute is a great doctor, caring, thoughtful, adjusting care to my special needs. I'd happily recommend her to my friends and family.
She is great in listening and providing useful suggestions! Great doctor!
Dr. Tamara Montacute is an excellent doctor. She is always very understanding and supportive. I appreciate her and trust her.
She is the best doctor I have ever had in my life! She is such a caring doctor and I really appreciate her professional attitude and knowledge.
you are so kind, thank you.
Dr Montacute is the best! Knowledgeable, engaged, patient centered, creative problem solver. Feel so lucky she’s my doctor!!!
Dr Montecute is very sensitive and compassionate. And knowledgeable.
I'm thankful she is my Primary Care Physician
Best doctor ever. So patient and thorough. Never feel silly for my questions or concerns.
Good listener and comfortable to speak with.
She's amazing! I have never had a doctor I felt so comfortable with and so much trust in. She's a great listener, and I am fortunate that she is my doctor.
Dr. Montacute is a loving, caring and thinking for her patients doctor!
She was very kindly listen to us. Thank you
I’m extremely happy with Dr Montaque. She is Excellent! Always get wonderful care.
Dr Money acute is very patient and attentive to the conversation, proactive and goes beyond the allotted time to learn about patient’s issues,and based on those she suggests a line of action and tests to be done! Companionate and extremely professional, patients should be reassured she’s not missing any bit of their concerns and addressing them with as best as she can! Highest confidence she’s not missing a bit of everything shared!
Always very thankful for Dr. Montacute’s thorough care and compassion.
Very supportive and easy to talk to
She is amazing!
I had never met her before, but I was instantly comfortable.
Dr. Montacute is a great listener, and puts me at ease.
I am very pleased with my Doctor Montecute, she is extremely thoughtful and caring lady, thank you Stanford Hospital for having Doctors like her.
Dr M exceeds my expectations. I never felt I could replace my old physician of 20 yrs who was board certified in FIVE areas but Dr M is looking and behaving like one of the best physicians. What I like best is how comfortable the staff feel around her.
Dr. Montacute addressed all of my concerns. She has a great wealth of knowledge and a personality that kept me at ease allowing me to be proactive in my healthcare. Awesome physician! Happy that she is my family's PCP.
She is a terrific PCP and one of the reasons I like Stanford Medical so much.
Dr. Tamara Montacute was so busy but she still tried her best to see me. I am so grateful for this.
Wonderful caring doctor
Very organized and asked good questions. I appreciate that the office will follow-up to schedule an in-person exam over the next few months.
Dr. Montacute is wonderful! She listens with patience, answer everything and is very professional. I highly recommend her !!
Thank you for a terrific, productive visit!
She’s excellent.
Helpful, informative, responsive to my concerns.
Dr. Montacute is amazing, she never hesitates on ordering any tests . Always listens to all my concerns and orders proper tests to be on the safe side.
Fantastic Dr.
I will definitely recommend Dr. Montacute to my families and friends as well.
Dr. Montacute is exactly what I have been looking for in a primary care physician: she is a great listener, very supportive, collaborative, and personable. I feel fortunate to have found her.
Dr. Montacute was wonderful. Very kind, compassionate, thoughtful and understanding. I didn't feel rushed and I felt like she really cared about me as a person.
I always feel so comfortable to talk to Dr. Montacute. Such a wonderful doctor!!
She is very thorough, pleasant, and professional. She is a great doctor and I will not hesitate to recommend her to my family and friends.
Dr. Montacute is always very supportive, caring, and helpful in our appointments and via myhealth.
She is a wonderful, caring doctor she addresses all my questions and concerns. She is up to date on my conditions and helps monitor them.
I cannot rate Dr. Montacute highly enough. She's so good at what she does. I wanted to discuss an issue that I'm not really comfortable talking to anyone about and that I've never spoken to her about before. Dr Montacute made me feel very comfortable from the start of the visit. She made me feel relaxed. I felt like she could understand my situation. She somehow said all the right things and thoroughly explained my options to me. I feel extremely lucky to have such a supportive, caring and experienced primary care physician.
She is very good Doctor!!! I Am very happy, that she is my doctor !!!
She was very thorough, personable and efficient. I felt well taken care of.
I am very happy that Doctor Tamara Nontacute is my my family doctor !!! Thank hot God.
Excellent Doctor. Truly caring and empathic. And I trust her and the guidance she provides me implicitly.
Excellent doctor - very happy with Dr. Tamar Montacute. Knowledgeable, professional, thoughtful and thorough.
She is a great care provider. I’m very happy with her care.
She is very caring and passionate doctor She is always up on the latest treatment for my conditions. She really listens to me and addresses all my questions and concerns I may have. Others can learn from her
Dr. Montacute is a wonderful doctor!
Dr Montacute provided excellent care and services today. She was thorough and very understanding.
She is very attentive and offers time to voice concerns properly. She has good extensive knowledge and offers good direction. I feel I am in good hands!
Awesome doctor!
Dr. Montacute is always very compassionate, kind, and helpful in problem solving/arriving at solutions.
Dr. Tamara Montacute is very detailed and concerned in her csre and health advice. She addresses all my questions fully and helpfully.
Love this Dr. extremely knowledgeable and helpful she really cares about her patients.
Dr.Montacute makes everything appear easy and is excellent at preventive health screening. She appears very through and collaborating w me
I cannot rate Doctor Montacute highly enough. She is extremely professional. She extremely caring and empathetic. She is extremely thoughtful. After my call yesterday I reflected on the fact that I am lucky to have such a wonderful primary care physician.
Dr. Montacute is by far one of the best PCPs I've ever had - attentive, caring, open-minded - the type of doctor everyone should have.
Dr. Montacute is knowledgeable and care about patients very much. She is one of the best!
She is awesome! Let me know if you need more details and/or a litany of specific things I am in gratitude for.
Dr Montacute has been my PCP for a number of years now. Really like her because she takes the time to explain and I never feel rushed during a visit whether live or on video.
Very professional and seeks out answers. I trust her judgement about my care.
Dr Montacute is very caring, thoughtful, and knowlegable. She communicates very clearly and her staff is excellent. Thank you...
Dr. Montacute is always kind and patient. I'm very grateful to have her as my doctor. She seems very knowledgeable as well.
Best Doctor ever!
She is terrific
She is very compassionate and addressed all my health concerns and conditions
Dr. Monacute is wonderful!
Dr. Montacute is very knowledgable and has explained plan and treatments in detail.
I was advised of conditions, given options & choices. Dr. was interested & addressed my questions well.
Amazing doctor!
Dr. Montacute is extremely personable and thorough. Wonderful primary care provider.
Terrific doctor!
Dr. Montacute was fantastic!
She do a good job!!
The doctor was interested in my well being.
Best doctor I've had! She was excellent, and very thorough! Went above and beyond. Really shows she cares about her patients health.
Unusual attention and time.
She is the best doctor I have ever had.
A truly wonderful Doctor. Thoughtful and incredibly hard working.
I am very happy that I have Dr. Montacute. Thank you for your difficult job.
I love Dr. Montacute. One of the rare gems of a truly caring, listening physician.
My caregiver is the best!
Dr. Montacute was amazing, she really listened to me and my concerns and figured out a way to make me as comfortable as possible, walked me through the entire thing, gave me tips and tricks for how to distract myself and after care to minimize any pain. I really appreciated the time she took and help and understanding of my concerns!
very approachable and down to earth
Dr. Montacute is the best, kindest, most thorough doctor I have had in my lifetime. She truly cares, listens, and then applies her knowledge.
Doctor's follow-up was outstanding. Far better than is typical in human medicine.
Thank you Dr Montacute for understanding my pain level, your kindness, and walking me through the procedure process to ease me. Highly appreciated!
I highly recommend my PCP.
Dr. Montacute is a top notch professional. She is knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. She has great bedside manner and embodies (I CARE. She is definitely an asset to Stanford.
I really like Dr. Montacute. Friendly, compassionate, and a good listener.
Dr. Montacute is simply awesome! I consider myself extremely fortunate to have her as my primary care provider. She is amazingly well informed on all my issues and has a terrific bedside manner with terrific (and empathic) listening skills.
Dr. Montacute is the best! She always takes time to explain everything she is very knowledgeable, I am very lucky to have her as my PCP.
Dr M is amazing. she took my concern seriously even though it was probably nothing- which it was. Bery thorough in making sure I understood what was going to happen, what my options were and why she was doing. I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone!
Dr. Montacute was respectful, efficient, clear in her explanations, made sure I understood the next steps in treatment and listened to my concerns/requests for referrals.
Dr. Montacute took care to explain everything about my options, the procedure I choose, and to answer all of my concerns.
My dr. is AWESOME!
Dr Montacute is a very good and thorough doctor
Dr. Montacute saved my life and I am grateful each day.
I thoroughly "enjoy" and appreciate Dr. Montacute! She is extremely attentive, thorough with her explanations & makes sure you understand what is going on. She recommends tests/exams to rule out other issues!
Dr. Montacute is very good about explaining medications in words I can understand so that I can make an informed decision regarding my treatment.
The doctor was friendly, professional, and efficient with care.
Dr. Montacute is always very kind and caring and seems to truly care about her patients. She is also thorough in explaining her recommendations, treatment/prescriptions, etc.
Dr. Montacute is very thorough and takes time to ensure I understand my care plan and medication.
Dr. Montacute is excellent with bedside manner; her face isn't buried in the computer monitor.
Dr. Montacute is fantastic. She is quite a treat to have as a provider.
I say enough about Dr. Monticute's level of concern for my problem and the care she provided. She practices medicine and healing with knowledge and heart.
All very good.
Dr. Montacute has provided me with excellent care and treatment. She is very knowledgeable and inspires great confidence.
Care provider is very friendly and answered all of my questions during appointment and through MyHealth.
I have searched for 3 years for a primary care doctor & Stanford that I liked. Dr. Montacute is the one. Caring, listens to you, empathetic, explains things fantastically! So so happy to have found her!
Day before holiday weekend. Everyone in a great mood.
She made a special effort to talk to another doctor and get back to me with his thoughts. Excellent service!
My PCP was on family leave and suggested that I see this provider. She was excellent in every way.
last visit I ended up in the ER and everyone was great in assisting me in call my work and loved ones
I appreciated the fact that Dr Montacute contacted me a few days later to ask me if I was feeling better.
Dr. Montacute is simply AWESOME. She is incredibly caring and empathetic, in addition to being exceptionally well informed. And even when there is something she has not encountered she immediately is on top of the latest research and resources within the Stanford medical community. She embodies what I believe a terrific PCP should be. My last visit was only one example of this. Please don's lose her!
Great Dr., took the time to explain until I understood. Did not rush the examination and most important listened to my concerns.
Dr Montacute is a very good Dr
Very responsive to my concerns.
This was my first visit and I really enjoyed chatting with Dr. Montacute. She was friendly, showed concern and interest in my health, and gave great advice.
Dr. made me feel very comfortable and at ease.
The doctor was very sweet and informative about the procedure!
Dr. Montacute spent a good amount of time with my concerns. She went above & beyond with my care. She answered all of my questions and I did not feel rushed. I am grateful for her excellent care!
Someone knocked on the door to tell my doctor something (I think about her next appointment), so I felt like she was rushed. I usually feel like I have plenty of time with her.
She listens and takes time with me. She goes extra step. She is amazing doctor. She's compassionate and always wants to to know if there is anything else she can help me with. I highly recommend her to anyone.
Dr Montacute is fantastic!
This MD had a kind way of making you want to see her again.
1) Despite amount of time spent by both Dr Montacute and the student physician (Lance), the visit still felt rushed. 2) It felt like service was being pushed -- that it was not necessarily driven purely by medical necessity, but by medical possibility. Those two comments are coupled: I'm pretty good at asking questions to ensure medical necessity is driving recommendation service procedures, but that's harder to execute in a faster-moving environment. FWIW.
Dr. Montacute is a very good doctor and I was very pleased with my care.
This is my first visit with Dr. Montacute. She is surprisingly good, friendly, down-to-earth, concerns about my health like a family member. I would recommend her to others and I'm hoping Dr. Montacute will continue to be this way. Loved the expert thank her!
Dr. Montecute was fantastic
Dr Montacute was very good. Very thorough.
Dr. Montacute seemed friendly and helpful.
Friendly & professional.
She was a very good listener and carefully went through my medical history.
Each office visit has been excellent. I appreciate the amount of time the doctor spent with me.
This was my first visit to healthcare after a gap and I felt listened to and had time to explain my concerns.
Dr. Montacute is the one of most through care providers I have ever encountered
This Dr is Outstanding! Very happy with my care.
Dr. Montacute is outstanding!
everyone was very friendly, warm and professional and treated me with the utmost care.
Dr. Montacute is amazing! She was helpful, understanding and encouraging to get me on a healthy track. Her recommendations for treatment and explanation behind each one was fantastic! Also very warm, welcoming and professional.
Dr Montacute is GREAT. She listens, asks great questions and really makes me feel like she cares.
I feel very lucky to get care from such a good doctor
the dr was very friendly and caring
My first meeting. It was an excellent introduction to Dr. Montacute
She was wonderful - she made sure all of my questions were completely answered. #8. Thank you!

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