Stanley G. Rockson, MD


Allan and Tina Neill Professor of Lymphatic Research and Medicine

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Additional Languages Spoken:
French , German , Italian

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiology Fellowship (1981) MA
  • Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital Internal Medicine Residency (1977) MA
  • Medical Education: Duke University School of Medicine (1975) NC
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease (1981)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1978)

Honors & Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Duke University (1973)
  • Chief Resident's Teaching Award, Stanford University (2003)
  • Chief Residents' Teaching Award, Department of Medicine, Stanford University (2003)
  • David W. Rytand Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Department of Medicine, Stanford University (1999)
  • David W. Rytand Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Stanford University (1999)
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University (2004)
  • E. William Hancock Cardiovascular Medicine Teaching Award, Stanford University (2008)
  • Franklin G. Ebaugh Jr. Award for Mentoring Medical Students, Stanford University (2008)
  • John A. White Fellow, North Carolina Arthritis Foundation (1974-5)
  • Lymphatic Research Leadership Award, Lymphatic Research Foundation (2004, 2006)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University (1971)
  • Pioneer Award, Lymphatic Research Foundation (2009)
  • Roche Award for Clinical Excellence, Duke University (1975)
  • Samuel Levine Fellow, American Heart Association (1977)
  • Teaching Award in Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Stanford University (2000)
  • Teaching Award in Cardiology, Stanford University (2000)

  • Editor-in-Chief, Lymphatic Research and Biology (2002 - Present)
  • Founding Chair, Lymphatic Education and Research Network (LE&RN) (1999 - Present)
  • Board of Directors, American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (2017 - Present)

Administrative Appointments
  • Allan and Tina Neill Professor of Lymphatic Research and Medicine, Stanford University (2008 - Present)
  • Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Stanford University (1999 - 2008)
  • Chair, Gordon Research Conference: Molecular Mechanisms of Lymphatic Function and Disease (2002 - 2004)
  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, Lymphatic Research Foundation (1999 - Present)
  • Chief of Consultative Cardiology, Stanford University (1997 - Present)
  • Director, Stanford Center for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders, Stanford University (2000 - Present)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Lymphatic Research and Biology (2002 - Present)
  • Editorial Board, Angiology (1997 - Present)
  • Member, Trans-NIH Coordinating Committee for Lymphatic Research (2002 - Present)
  • Member, Trans-NIH Angiogenesis Research Program (TARP), National Institutes of Health (2004 - Present)


Practice Locations

Lymphedema Surgery Center Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive, 1st Floor

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6004

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General Cardiology at Boswell Building Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive , 2nd Floor, Room A260

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 725-5909

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Center for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive, 3rd Floor, A32

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 725-5909

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(183 reviews)

I’ve found the best care with my Dr. Rockson and his team that is second to none. Thanks Lots
Dr. Rockson is excellent!
Very satisfied
Clear comments and analysis
Great visit - he explained everything clearly.
Dr. Rockson was very thorough and knowledgeable.
Dr Rockson took the time to truly listen to my story and was thorough in explaining what he thought my complicated issues were. He suggested next steps and referred me to other departments as well. Dr. Rockson expertise was clearly apparent and just what I needed after visits to multiple Doctors in my hometown that had barely a clue!
Dr Rockson is excellent- very professional and thorough and answers all my questions
I felt reassured throughout the visit of the qualityof attentionto my situation.
Gina, Dr.Rockson, and his staff are nice, professional, and do their jobs..
Dr Rockson was kind, thoughtful, empathetic, he listened and offered great recommendations and advice.
Dr. Rockson answered all of my questions and concerns.
Stanford has the state of the art medical care
Dr Rockson is wonderful & a huge asset to my care.
Thoughtful detailed oriented and good communicator
Dr. Rockson is a national treasure.
Dr. Rockson is an outstanding physician, and he is also one of the finest people I know, knowledgeable and caring. Over five years I've gotten to know him personally, and I believe all of his patients do, as when he is meeting with you he is 100 percent present. He listens attentively and answers your questions, taking time to explain any aspect that you don't understand fully, and doesn't speak down to you. These things put the patient at ease and help them to better understand how to participate more effectively in their own care.
For the previous 22 years I have always had a positive experience with Dr. Rockson. I would highly recommend him.
Kind, compassionate, professional and knowledgeable
I was very thankful to have this appointment with Dr. Rockson. Iowa’s my first one, he was very helpful in his evaluation, answered my questions, and shared his thoughts.
Everyone was kind and helpful. Great experience!
Dr. Rockson, Gina and Christy are all excellent
Dr. Rockson is one of the kindest physicians I have ever met. His gentle nature is especially appreciated with a condition that has caused me to struggle with my own body image. I recognize that Dr. Rockson is a world expert and I am most grateful I was able to have an appointment with him. Thank you so much!
I appreciated the time he spent and his willingness to think outside the box, as my case is complex and requires creativity in tx.
Simply the best: highly competent/informed; clear; caring; patient, thoughtful
Exceptional kind and caring people
I was treated with respect and did not feel rushed or not heard
Dr. Rockson exceeded all expectations. He is a great doctor and one of the few lymphadema specialists in the Bay Area.
Was able to explain condition in clear fashion
A great experience with my video appt. My laptop seems to have developed a cracked speaker which caused audio feedback issues for Dr. Rockson, but I think we understood each other quite well despite that. He is wonderful!
I saw Dr. Rockson and regret I hadn't seen him a couple of years ago. He knew exactly what I had and needed to do. He has a wonderful easy manner and spent as much time as I needed to answer questions. It was well worth the 6.5 hour drive.
Doing a video/Zoom appointment did nto allow for the doctor to actually see and exam my leg and the reason for the appointment.
Dr. Rockson gave me his full attention. He was very thourough and took his time to educate me and spent time answering my questions.
Absolutely exceptional outstanding knowledge service and respect towards their patients the doctor was absolutely a godsend I'm greatly appreciative of him as well as all the staff by far the best experience I've ever had in a medical office in my entire life. I couldn't ask for a better doctor then the doctor that was given to me
Dr. Rockson is very kind, personable, knowlegable & proffessional.
Dr. Rockson and the research he does is life-changing for lipedema patients.
Had Video consultation with Dr,
On time, no rush, dr Rockson patient, kind, generous with his time, answered all my questions
Dr. Rockson and his team are always up to date on the latest notes in your medical file. They don't ask questions you've already answered in the check in sheet. And they do it with a welcoming attitude.
I am grateful for dr rockson and his staff and their knowledge and care for me
He came up with some new good things that I can do for my leg and working on a new stocking.
Positive experience all-around.
Knowledgeable, listens well, puts the disparate pieces of info together unlike anyone else so far
Dr.Rockson took time with me to really find out what had happened with my accident and his caring demeanor was excellent..
The first doctor after 17 years as a cancer survivor who could pin point the issues and understand my concerns about lymphedema and could diagnose fibrosis.
Dr. Rockson is the best! He spent so much time with me.
Dr. Rockson was very helpful. He was pleasant, explained my condition to me, and answered all my questions.
Very disappointed at the lack of concern .
Dr. Rockson and his office staff were so professional and kind. They took their time to address all questions and concerns. I felt very comfortable in their care.
excellent in all respects
Excellent in every way: competent determined flexible patient thorough kind
Everyone has been very helpful through this whole process
Love this doctor. Answered every question and concern; SO knowledgable about my condition.
Dr. Rockson came in very well prepared with my case. He spent a lot of time explaining diagnosis to me, making recommendations, and answering my questions.
Dr. Rockson is an excellent doctor !
Dr. Rockson could not have been more informative or helpful. I felt heard and that he really was tuned in to my unique situation. I feel hopeful for my future.
The care I received from this provider over a number of years hasn't been anything than EXTREMELY EXCELLENT
Dr Rockson is one of the best practitioners I have ever encountered. He was, and is, helping me immeasurably.
Dr. Rockson is a very patient, concerned and caring doctor. He listens and responds to the questions or issues that the patient has, not just canned responses. And the experience he brings to defining the medical problems is priceless. It makes such a difference when the doctor can bring a wide spectrum of knowledge to bear on a diagnosis.
Dr.Rockson is very attentive. A good listener who gives excellent feed-back. I did not feel rushed. He was very generous with his valuable time.
Dr. Rockson listens with care he answered all my questions he spent lots of time with me - not hurried.
Dr. Stanley Rockson - yeah!
Dr. Rockson has it all: high competence; thorough; listens; patience; compassion
he checked out my records and listened to me carefully. he figured out things that have puzzled me fora long time.
Dr. Rockson is the example all doctors should follow.
I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Rockson. He was very timely on our video visit and a wealth of knowledge about my condition!
Dr. Rockson has a great "bedside" manner. I was very happy to hear that my presentation is not typical for lymphedema, whew!
Very pleased with my appointment & the discussion/plan.
Dr. Rockson & his staff were fantastic! I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Dr. Rockson!
Very good.
I've been with Dr. Rockson for years. I appreciate the time be takes with me and the detail he gives me.
Dr. Rockson exhibits it all: learnedd; clear; thoughtful; careful; thorough; compassionate.
Dr. Rockson is superb.
I feel very lucky to have access to SHC and doctors like Dr. Rockson who specialize in lymphedema.
Dr. Rockson and his NP have been excellent!
Dr. Rockson and his nurse - are exceptional with friendliness, knowledge and respect.
Liked the Doctor and the details he explained very well
Dr. Rockson is great and I am happy with our visit.
I am a long time patient of Dr. Rockson. I have always observed him & his staff to be very skilled, proficient & professional!
Dr Rockson is concerned, professional& caring
Dr. Rockson is simply the best! I would highly recommend him to all my friends, & if someone needs cardiology consultation.
Dr. Rockson is wonderful in explaining treatment, and addressing all health concerns. You always feel that your situation is of the utmost importance to him.
Dr. Rockson is the absolute best!
Dr. Rockson is terrific and I have total confidence in his abilities. He goes way above and beyond the simple diagnostic and really endeavors to look at the entire medical situation. Excellent and very approachable bedside manner.
Grateful to Dr Rockson for his continuing research in the areas of Fat Disorders, and more thanks to him for his activism in trying to get insurance coverage for Fat Disorder treatment, meds, supplements, equipment. If there were more people specializing in this area it wouldn't take nearly a year to get an appointment. That remains a problem.
Dr. Rockson is the reason I put up with the rest of Stanford.
there is only one word to describe Dr Rockson, amazing
Dr. Rockson is a first rate clinician.
Dr. Rockson is someone I have full confidence in and trust to make decisions regarding my condition/s. He explains things thoroughly and also listens. I'm very glad I am able to have him for my cardiologist.
Went-over board in creating a welcome - Seeing the staff's reactions to one another quieted my anxiety -
I liked Dr Rockson and staff very much.
Really excited to see if Dr. Rockson can help me.
Dr. Rockson has been my cardiologist for years. He is a quick study. He analyzes the problem giving me options. He is wonderful.
Dr. Rockson is an expert in this field and he is also very considerate and empathetic to his patients.
Dr. Rockson is a very good provider.
Professor Stanley G. Rockson provided me with clear explanations about the status of my heart and the reason why he was providing me with the device mentioned above.
Dr. Rockson is very caring and nice. He always spend time to listen to my concern and provide necessary treatment options. He always patiently explains everything in the words/language that I would understands. He is the best doctor!!!
An excellent discussion with Dr. Rockson.
Dr. Rockson is very professional and sympathetic to your circumstances. I have and will recommend Dr. Rockson to others.
Terrific doctor & care.
Everyone seemed to go "above & beyond."
rockson is the best: highly competent, careful, clear, caring
Dr. Rockson is very professional yet very warm and friendly. He answers all my questions and makes me feel as if I am the only patient in the clinic. He never seems rushed. He is very thorough.
Dr. Rockson is terrific - - - competent, personable and caring.
not sufficient experience with provider to recommend other than by his reputation
Incredibly impressive physician.
I am completing this in regards to the infusionclinic I just remebered that I had an appointment with Dr Rockson earlier that day
Dr. Rockson was very thorough concerned and engaged. Spent a great deal of time discussing my case. He was well prepared with a thorough knowledge of my medical history.
Dr. Rockson gave me very good feedback on my condition with a plan to move forward, so grateful .
Dr. Rocksin assured my wife and I his goal was to get to the bottom of my condition, which is a case study in strange at the moment. He upholds the hype that precedes him without any doubt.
Dr. Rockson was excellent, both in his knowledge, help and understanding.
Dr. Rockson was an amazing man! He showed much interest in my concerns. He was very friendly and he made the appointment a pleasant experience.
good experience
Dr. Rockson is the best!
Dr. Rockson is so caring & friendly. I appreciate how he takes his time to answer all my questions and concerns. He is a world expert on lymphedema, yet down to earth & approachable.
Dr. Rockson is kind, attentive, brilliant and the best doctor anyone can have.
Dr Rockson is an amazing doctor. He pretty much saved my life through his medication treatment plan.
Dr. Rockson is ideal: learned; listens; compasionate; very careful; generous with time; clear
I am very pleased with the excellent care provided by Dr. Stanley Rockson, my cardiologist, at Stanford.
I have a lot of confidence in Doctor Stanley G. Rockson. I live in Southern California however my husband and myself are treated by him.
Very good.
Dr Rockson is compassionate and shares his knowledge in ways that I understand. He has an open, loving and calming demeanor.
Dr. Rockson is a wonderful doctor & we are appreciated of his service.
My wife & I are very glad to have Dr. Rockson as our doctor.
Other than the wait time for the appointment, Dr. Rockson and the staff were all excellent.
Dr. Rockson is a great doctor, very caring, he explained everything very clearly and answered all my questions
Dr. Rockson is exemplary: has it all: learned, clear, thoughtful, patient. Give him a bonus.
Very good that is why I am his patient since 1996. Could not find a better cardiologist.
Outstanding skills & patient care.
Very informative and insightful discussion of my care with follow up schedule to determine source of action not lymphedema!!!
Very good.
Dr. Rockson is always caring and nice. I trust his professional experience and knowledge and his advice.
I trust Dr Rockson with my life.
Very good experience.
Dr. Rockson diagnosed my condition when no one else could & talked about studies myself & my daughter can be a part of. He was very very nice as was everyone I met.
Dr. Rockson, was extremely polite and nice, but he didn't always listen to what I had to say.
Dr. Rockson always listen to everything I have to say. He always explain everything in detail for me to understand. He really cares for his patients. He is the best!!!
It is quite obvious that Dr. Rockson and his staff are very dedicated to their profession and specific line of work.
Dr. Rockson was wonderful!
Dr. Rockson recommended that I get a 2nd opinion from another orthopedist which turned out to be crucial to my future treatment & health. I am very grateful.
Dr. Rockson is the best!
I've been w/Dr. Rockson for years. I have utmost confidence in him & believe he cares about my health & survival.
Dr. Stanley Ruckson gave me hope & encouraged me. He is so very knowledgeable in his field.
Excellent visit and the doctor demonstrated a real concern and attention to solving a difficult diagnosis.
Dr. Rockson was clear, concise, and kind. He was able to educate me on my health problem. After Dr. Rockson explained the medical problems, he then explained the diagnostic tests he was ordering and that the results of the tests will drive my treatment plan. He answered all of my questions and my husband's questions. It was refreshing to speak to a doctor that listened and was patient with me. Dr. Rockson took the time to make sure I was given the "MyHealth" account set-up information and encourage me to contact him through "messages" because it is the fastest way for him to communicate with me. I am grateful for the amount of compassion and respect he gave me and my husband.
I have already referred Dr Rockson to an out of state friend. Truly was grateful for his compassion,empathy and his knowledge .
Exceptional physician & staff that we've (both my wife and I) have enjoyed for at least 14 years, we are both very fortunate to have Dr. Rockson as our cardiologist!!
Dr. Rockson is a cut above all other doctors that I have ever met. He is what all doctors should be.
Dr. Rockson is an incredibly patient, kind and compassionate man! He took a great deal of time with me and was very interested to get to the bottom of my issues. He showed much professionalism & concern and was very thorough!
Rockson is the best. Deep knowledgeable; professional; patient; superb communicator; cares!
Dr. Rockson and his staff are excellent.
Dr. Rockson has it all: competence, listener; advisor; patient; generous with time.
The physicians was EXCELLENT also!!! Very caring, knowledgeable, and someone I would feel very comfortable going to again or recommending to anyone else! REALLY POSITIVE EXPERIENCE!!!
He spend enough time. To listen me. Didn't rush
Dr. Rockson has the reputation of being the best in this and at at least three surrounding states in his facility. I was there, are delighted to be seen by him for my problem.
Dr. Rockson spent quite a while with me explaining the diagnosis and follow up care which I really appreciated.
Dr. Rockson and his staff have always been and continue to be excellent provider.
There is a reason/s I come from Las Vegas for care. Dr. Rockson beyond compare an extremely COMPETENT and CARING physician. He is the reason I am alive!
So much time spent exchanging information and providing me with clear explanation about my problems and how to address them!
Dr. Rockson, Leslie & Kate are just an outstanding team. I feel so confident I am getting the best care - they are truly wonderful in all aspects.
I have been seeing Dr. Rockson for 15 years and he is one of the best doctors I have ever seen. Always willing to listen and help.
Dr. Rockson is a well informed and informative doctor. I look forward to my yearly visits with him
Dr. Rockson was awesome. He really LISTENED and cared about my issues.
Very good always.
Rockson is very knowledgeable, professional, caring.
He couldn't help me is what he said - my case was not severe enough and he deals with more severe cases.
Great bedside manner, good listeners.
Very good experience.
I value Dr Rockson's opinion so went to him as a non-surgical 'opinion'. He is clearly an expert in the area of lymphedema and appreciate his interest in my case given his busy schedule.
Dr. Rockson was very nice, wish we could have spent more time discussing my case.
I would see Dr. Rockson again without question. He is a wonderful practitioner. I wish I lived closer to Palo Alto to have him as my physician.
Awesome, thorough, knowledgeable care and advocacy. Thank you!!
Dr. Rockson really cares for his patients and really a very good human being.
Superb/very professional and learned.
Very good!
Dr. Rockson was excellent, very knowledgeable. Very compassionate & warm hearted.
Dr. Rockson does an outstanding job!
Dr. Rockson makes me feel important in my own treatment.

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