Ian Nelligan

Family medicine doctor

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

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Dr. Nelligan is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care and Population Health. He is a family medicine physician with a passion for medical education, high quality primary care, and primary care research. He completed medical school at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and residency at University of California San Francisco in Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Nelligan completed the Rathmann Family Medical Education Fellowship at Stanford and is an associate in the Stanford School of Medicine Educators for Care program. He is a champion for innovations in medical education, interdisciplinary education, and team based care. He is the Associate Medical Director of the Stanford MSPA program and course director in the Stanford Health Innovations and Experiential Learning Directive. He has long standing academic interests in community medicine, global health, working with underserved populations, and medical education.

Dr. Nelligan practices the full spectrum of primary care, from pediatrics to geriatrics. He is a specialist in primary care procedures including a wide variety of dermatologic, musculoskeletal, and gynecologic procedures. Dr. Nelligan is fluent in medical Spanish and strives to provide culturally and structurally competent care. LGBTQQI friendly.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Residency: UCSF Family Medicine Residency (2013) CA
  • MPH, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, Public Health (2008)
  • Medical Education: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (2010) NC
  • Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine, Family Medicine (2013)

Honors & Awards
  • Division Teaching Award, Division of Primary Care and Population Health (3/2017)
  • Eugene S. Mayer Community Service Honor Society, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine (3/2007)
  • James Bell Bullitt Award, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine (5/2010)
  • John B. Graham Research Society, UNC Chapel Hill (3/2007)
  • New Faculty Scholar, Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (4/2018)
  • Primary Care Award, North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) (5/2005)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate, Educators-4-CARE (E4C) (2015 - Present)
  • Associate Medical Director, Stanford University Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (2016 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Longitudinal Community Health Advocacy Medical Partnership (L-CHAMP) (2014 - 2016)
  • Co-Director, SFM Procedure Service (2015 - 2017)
  • Course Director, Stanford Healthcare Innovations and Experiential Learning Directive (2016 - Present)
  • Rathmann Fellow, Rathmann Family Medical Education Fellowship (2015 - 2016)


Specializing In

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • HIV Prevention and Care
  • LGBTQ+ Health
  • Sports Medicine
  • Travel Medicine

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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(110 reviews)

He’s a wonderful doctor. He cares about his patients.
Knowledge and efficient
excellent health care. Dr. Nelligan is perfect PCP.
I appreciate Dr. Nelligan's concern for my well-being and his willingness to consider my preferences for treatment plans. Earlier this year, I expessed a desire to avoid blood-pressure medication, and he has worked with me to pursue changes to diet and lifestyle that are yielding positive results.
He has good bedside manners. Listens to what is bothering you and suggests what needs to be done.
Excellent Doctor, very caring and attentive.
He is fantastic
His sincere kindness and empathetic approach made me feel like I could trust him.
Dr. Was very thorough and patient in discussing my issues.
He’s is thurogh, a good Checker and explains condition s very well And number Not in a hurry!
Very professional, listened polite and we agreed a plan
Dr. Nelligan is an excellent GP in all matters, knowledge, resource reference, patience, empathy, follow through and bedside manner.
Dr. Nelligan is a great doctor. He is very patient when talking and listening to the patient. I made good decision to have him as my primary.
I've enjoyed having him as my doctor. He seems very knowledgeable and thorough, and is a nice guy as well.
Excellent meeting, brief and to the point.
I'm so fortunate to have Dr. Nelligan as my doctor. He takes so much time to help me and he is so caring and knowledgeable. He's just so kind and patient and I really believe he is passionate about caring for all his patients. He goes out of his way for helping me with my feelings. I feel cared for and Dr Nelligan is the BEST!
Again, thank you for the prompt scheduling of the visit. That was of primary importance in this instance.
Excellent doctor, attentive and compassionate. It was a very pleasant experience.
Excellent physician!
I love having Dr. Nelligan as my primary and am so glad that I made the decision to switch from Kaiser to Stanford. Dr. Nelligan is warm, easy to talk to, answers all my questions, makes good suggestions. I feel very fortunate to have him as my PCP.
Dr Nelligan always makes me feel he cares and I am being taken care of. That’s a nice feeling to have.
He is great!
I very much appreciate Dr. Nelligan's willingness to work with me to find non-phramacological approaches to care that address my concerns about potential side effects of certain medications. I am looking forward to educating myself by reading literature he has suggested regarding healthy choices and habits for self-care. Dr. Nelligan's ability and willingness to provide a reality check, fact check or context for my extremely limited amounts of medical understanding and research is quite important and very helpful, as well. We are beginning to build consensus regarding my care plan. I look forward to continuing on our current path and I'm feeling that we will have a positive outcome.
Outstanding clinician! Typically a little pressed for time which must be a result of the above.
Excellent, thorough PCP.
Great. As always.
Dr Nelligan is kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and thorough. Couldn’t ask for a better doctor!
Dr. Nelligan is the best!
In general, I hate going to the doctor and it makes me very anxious. Dr. Nelligan makes me feel very comfortable and relaxed. I trust his advice and recommendations.
Very good he is an excellent provider. Thank-you for having such wonderful providers.
I feel my first exam visit with Dr. Nelligan was a good experience.
Dr. Nelligan seems very thorough and attentive.
I love Dr. Nelligan! He is patient, attentive, and has excellent bedside manner. I'm very grateful to have him as my doctor.
This doctor is one of the good doctors that Stanford has, he is very human & furthermore from the start he made an effort to speak Spanish leaving the hospital very high, thank you very much for having him there.
I was very impressed with the time spent and thoroughness Dr. Nelligan spent with me.
Dr Nelligan is a wonderful doctor! he is so knowledgeable, kind, caring and he is thorough each time I have a visit with him.
Dr. Nelligan is terrific.
Dr. Nelligan carefully explained treatment options so that I could decide which way to proceed.
Dr Nelligan is terrific
I was very satisfied with Dr. Nelligan - he was extremely kind and helpful.
Excellent MD.
Really happy with my experience here! Dr. Nelligan was very helpful and attentive and took the time to address all of the concerns I had.
Ian Nelligan is great.
I have been seeing Dr. Nelligan since 2015. He is a rare breed that actually cares about your wellness. Amazing at communicating with you and offering actionable solutions. love that he includes you in his clinical decision making.
Doctor Nelligan was very caring and professional.
I am happy I chose the Dr that I did.
He listens! Explains things clearly nice nice man - Know his stuff.
Dr. Nelligan is the best!
I am very lucky to have Dr. Nelligan as my care provider. He is the poster child of what you want for primary care provider. He is a credit to the profession.
dr Nelligan is exceptionally nice
I'm very pleased to have Dr. Ian Nelligan as my new primary care physician. He's excellent.
dr Nelligan is the best :-)
Nelligan was awesome - personable, approachable, detailed, well informed visit was perfect.
Dr Nelligan and his staff are excellent care providers. Thorough, detailed, specific w excellent bedside manners.
Excellent that doctor was not rushed and spent time to explain.
Dr. Nelligan explained in detail some facts that I was not knowledgeable in and helped me be a better informed patient -
Excellent care provider!
good doctor - straightforward
Dr. Nelligan and I have our issues. But I believe he is an excellent physician.
Dr. Nelligan was great - empathetic listener, down to earth yet professional. I was impressed.
I have felt I couldn't have received better care from previous care providers (alternates too) from this clinic and am very thankful and again feel very lucky to have my current care provider for all the reasons listed above.
Dr. Nelligan made a good suggestion that I may need to take some control Cholesterol duo to my conditions although my Cholesterol was not terribly high
Nelligan is awesome, worth the wait. I am young but I work at Stanford as well so I appreciate when providers treat me as an adult.
Very knowledgeable, caring and efficient. I'm very glad to have Dr. Nelligan as my primary care provider.
Doctor Nelligan takes care of me in an outstanding way!
Dr. Nelligan was thorough, professional & polite at all times.
I did not feel rushed through the small operation I needed. I felt I was given the proper attention. In the past with my previous health provider (not Stanford health), I felt like the stop watch started as soon as I walked in the door with the nurse assistant and it felt like there was a race to get me out of there as quickly as possible. But with this visit, I felt everything went smoothly and the Dr. took his time from start to finish. I really appreciated that.
my doctor gave me excellent diagnosis and treatment
Excellent doctor!
This was a very good quality experience, it was also extremely efficient. Within less than 2 hours a small procedure (aspiration of joint fluid), blood exam, X-ray and drug prescription with pickup at pharmacy were done. This is amazingly fast.
Dr. Nelligan is the best.
best care and doctor I have experienced. Dr. Nelligan is outstanding
Dr. Nelligan has provided the best care I have received from my previous doctor. He really does care about me and takes his time - I'm thankful he is now my doctor!
Dr. Nelligan is very good & takes into account one's priorities well.
Dr. Nelligan is always prepared, thoughtful, and compassionate! I'm so grateful that he is my doctor.
I was surprised with how much time that Dr. Nelligan spent with me; he listened and spoke in a manner I could understand. I felt he listened to my concerns and needs-I never felt like he was rushing through my appointment. I actually began to fell guilty he was spending so much time with me, but he assured me it was okay, and continued to make sure I understood my treatment plan-I felt better after my appointment since he demonstrated he actually cared about my health and well being-very refreshing. I will recommend him as to anyone who needs a great doctor.
great Provider
thank you, Dr. Nelligan, for performing this procedure at SFM so I did not have to go to an outside clinic.
This is a young physician still warped up in self-absorbing views of what should and not should be with little flexibility that only time provides to be able to see the patient's point of view and input. None of that happens!
Dr. Nelligan is an excellent, caring and thoughtful provider.
Dr Nelligan was great. I also had some follow-up questions via MyHealth messaging, and he was very quick to respond.
Very professional.
Wonderful physician! Responsive, caring.
Ian is terrific! Always engages in thoughtful and attentive discussion about my health and all of my questions.
If all doctors and medical staff performed like Dr. Nelligan and his staff I believe peek would look forward to seeing their doctors. Dr. Nelligan actually listens to me and talks to me like a human. He offered several paths for me and really helped me. I don't feel like I am in a fast food drive through with Dr. Nelligan.
A good man. Listens very well and asks good questions.
Dr. Nelligan is the best!
Dr Nelligan spent time patiently explaining all medical questions I had. He is very knowledgable. I feel fortunate to have him as my new doctor.
Dr Nelligan was attentive, polite, listened to my problems, asked good questions. He didn't make me feel that he's rush. He answered my questions well. Great service overall.
Good he is very friendly and a very good care provider.
This is my first time to see DR. Nelligan and he is a good doctor.
Gooad care always.
I LOVE DR. NELLIGAN BUT I always feel like he feels rushed - I don't know why our visits have a pre-set time on them. When I see that, it makes me not want to ask him questions.
He is a very cool doctor. Knowledgeable caring and sensitive to your needs.
I met with a medical student first. She was great. Dr. Nelligan didn't seem to really care& just wanted to get to his next appointment.
I was not prescribed any medications but a medication was used for my minor procedure and Dr. Nelligan did an excellent job reviewing the risks and benefits of the medication and what to do if I were to see the symptoms that he clearly described to me.
This was the first time I visited my provider and it was a very good experience. I am confident that I received excellent care.
Dr. was in hurry to finish - He didn't check another issue - but he recommended to take more pain killers to alleviate pain. -
Very pleased with the friendliness and helpfulness of the care provider.
Dr. Nelligan is EXCELLENT - kind, patient, perceptive. I am so grateful that he is my doctor! He even remembered miniscule details about my family that I had mentioned at a past office visit.
I was very pleased by my treatment by Dr. Nelligan.
Already recommended to a friend.
Really fantastic!
My husband is now going to see Dr. Nelligan & I recommended my friend also.

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