Neil Schwartz completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA, followed by MD and PhD degrees at Northwestern University. After his Neurology residency at Stanford, Dr. Schwartz joined the Stanford Stroke Center in 2004 as a fellow in Vascular Neurology and has remained on as faculty since 2007. Currently, his primary focus is the care of patients with cerebrovascular disease in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, including patients with both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. He has a particular interest and expertise in cervical artery dissection, non-atherosclerotic vasculopathies, stroke in young adults, and stroke recovery trials utilizing stem cells.

Dr. Schwartz is a national leader in neurological education and served as the Program Director for the Stanford Neurology Residency Program for nearly a decade, but remains involved as the Associate Program Director, and Vice Chair (Education). He also serves as the Medical Director for inpatient Neurology (L5) at Stanford HealthCare. He is the director of the Young Stroke Program within the Stanford Stroke Center

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Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Vascular Neurology Fellowship (2005) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Neurology Residency (2004) CA
  • Internship: California Pacific Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency (2001) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Vascular Neurology (2008)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology (2006)
  • Medical Education: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2000) IL
  • MD, Northwestern University (2000)
  • PhD, Northwestern University, Neurophysiology Neuropharmacology (1998)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency Program, Dept. of Neurology & Neurological Sciences (2018 - Present)
  • Director, Young Stroke Program, Stanford Health Care (2017 - Present)
  • Medical Director, Clinical Neurosciences (G1/H1), Stanford Health Care (2010 - 2018)
  • Medical Director, Neurology (H1), Stanford Health Care (2018 - Present)
  • Program Director, Neurology Residency Program, Dept. of Neurology & Neurological Sciences (2010 - 2018)
  • Vice Chair (Education), Dept. of Neurology & Neurological Sciences (2018 - Present)


Practice Locations

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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Hypertension Center Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive, 1st Floor, Suite A11

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 723-6961

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Stroke Center in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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Cavernous Angioma Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

Cerebrovascular Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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Dr Schwartz is very caring and patiently answered all my questions and concerns
It's clean, good environment and professional stuff
Resident Dr Shah and Dr. N. Schwarz were very professional and thorough.
Worked with his team, listened well
Great Doc! Super smart, great bed side manner One of the best I’m ever experienced in 60 years
Dr. Schwartz was excellent. He carefully studied my record, and made well explained recommendations. He is also very personable and showed interest in me as a person.
Ms. Fisher did a good job
The team was friendly and knowledgeable
Dr. Schwartz is Best.
Dr. Schwartz was amazing - knowledgeable and compassionate!
He speaks in a calm, kind voice. He explains everything about your scans and charts a course of action to improve your health.
I had a very informative and constructive session with three members of the care team that treated me initially at the stroke center.
These guys are great. They really do look into problems, and take the time to recommend unique solutions for individuals.
Best medical visit I ever had!
Excellent doctor! I have been with him for 13 years and though I moved back to Hawaii, he is always responsive by phone or email, as if I were in Palo Alto! He also is extremely knowledgeable about other science specialties, especially new medications.
A wonderful experience overall, when dealing with difficult health problems.
Dr. Schwartz is a rock star! Very easy to talk to and very smart.
He is an excellent doctor
He leaves many opportunities for my questions and is excellent in general. I can't imagine better.
Very attentive to detail, great communicator with very strong bedside manner.
Dr. Schwartz was wonderful. I feel I am in very good hands.
Was excellent.
Dr. Murray resident was exceptional. I appreciated his questions asking about my concerns. Dr. Schwartz was caring and professional and addressed my concerns.
Excellent care.
Dr. Schwartz & his intern, Dr. Culbertson, were as in the past, patient, thorough, INSIGHTFUL, & very reassuring in their examination and in the very thorough write-up of their report. They represent a high standard for other doctors to follow!
Dr. Schwartz came highly recommended and exceeded my expectations on all accounts.
Dr. Schwartz was informative, clear in his diagnosis and questioning. I felt I had his undivided attention.
Dr. Schwartz was excellent in all respects.
Everything was extremely good. Super personnel.
I would certainly recommend Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Jakubowski to others.
The doctor in training was a lovely addition to my visit.
Though he was nice and polite, the time spent with the doctor was pretty short.
Dr. was very friendly and though.
Dr. Schwartz really rendered excellent service to me because of his untiring efforts to let me feel out-of-pain because my left arm was so painful & swollen. She ordered ultra-sound to rule-out blot blot & I was experiencing atrial fib. I thank him so much for his concern & care.
Very frank and thorough discussion of 2nd stroke - Discussed pros - cons of blood thinner.
Dr. Schwartz was very kind & compassionate! I really appreciated how he put me at ease and explained everything in simple and clear terms. Very grateful!
Writes excellent & detailed summary of visits and helps me with a complicated and disturbing health picture has a lovely and helpful nurse as well.
Dr. Schwartz is approachable thoughtful, clear and informative. He is a consumate professional. Very kind!!
Only issue and I could have asked was what to expect from the referral physician. Tried calling office, but hard to connect and, again, no call back after leaving 2 messages.
Doctor Schwartz behaved very kind with me.
Excellent first visit.
Both doctor's came across very caring and professional and put my wife at ease during the visit to the clinic.
Dr. Schwartz was exceptional & very thorough. One of the most personable doctors I have had at Stanford - Equal to my personal physician, Dr. Scott Wood!
All good. I got the best care and attention from Dr. Schwartz.
Dr. Schwartz is extremely professional, yet friendly & warm. I have utmost confidence in him.
Dr. Schwartz is professional, charming and patient.
Dr. Schwartz took time to explain everything clearly and took time answering my questions. He could not have been better!
Doctor Neil Schwartz immediately puts one at ease. He is personable and radiates competence. He had reviewed my case in detail and explained his conclusions in a clear and understandable way.
I was very impressed with Dr. Schwartz, and really appreciate his approach to managing my medical situation and coming up with a treatment plan that makes sense.
It was a good experience in meeting doctors so kind like you.
Dr. Schwartz is a very professional and thorough doctor. When I first saw him, he explained in details all the scans, images, Xray taken and did a thorough detail write up assessment. After 4 years of seeing him, he did another one. Other neurologist are not as detail as him. I appreciate his thoroughness and kindness.
Very good!
Very good.
Drs. Schwartz & Kwon were very knowledgeable caring and thorough, Dr. Kwon also followed up with a phone call.
Very good.
Excellent doctor.
Very good!
Outstanding physician.
Spent a lot of time w/me. Very patient & thorough in answering all my questions & going over all med options. Never felt like they were in a hurry to move on A++++. Both PA & dr.
I have never been treated better from any facility, nurse, doctor, etc., in my entire life as I was treated here -
He is a very good dr.
My gratitude to Dr.Schwartz who together with his staff nurse have extended to me excellent service & care. indeed I felt their great concern to help me get well. Thank you so much & continue to share god's blessing & love to the less fortunate.
Dr. Neil Schwartz is the most caring and knowledgeable physician in Neurology. He is a credit to his profession.
The care providers were super.
Very good.
Professional, personable - Excellent.
Excellent clinical attention and care.
Dr. Neil Schwartz is a wonderful doctor and so is his staff. All my questions are answered very promptly. I like having Dr. Schwartz as my neurologist and his team. They help me understand.
Good -
Dr. Schwartz has been a wonderful doctor. He shows compassion & takes his time to answer all of my questions.
Outstanding physician.
I'm very fortunate to have all these good folks helping me recovery.
Dr Schwartz spent a lot of time with me in my prior visit explaining my medical conditions and the options for treatment. He has a very soothing manner and above all else, I felt safe. It was the individual time that he spent with me that made me feel at that moment he was 100% present for me. For that I am deeply grateful.
Excellent. Very patient, articulate, understandable!
My experience with Dr. Schwartz and his team has been exemplary. Never have I experienced such excellent, competent, thorough, care.
Dr. Schwartz spent quite a bit of one on one time with me going over my condition & options. He was 100% attentive & made me feel cared for & safe.
Appreciate Dr. Lee (?) who met with us & especially Dr. Schwartz to stop in. Sometimes the other docs don't do that. Also appreciate referral to Hematology to see if we can better control Dad's BP.
Dr. Schwartz and nurse Spokoyna took their time to explain my health problem. They were not rushed; very kind indeed.
Lots of info understandably and empathetically supplied.
Very knowledgeable and courteous doctor.
Dr. had read my concerns on pt. questionnaire prior to coming in. Was very good in explaining and reassuring me. Acknowledged my fear & ordered an ultrasound which gave us added information crucial to my condition. Very smart MD.
Concerns about my welfare.
Dr. Schwartz was awesome!
Dr. Schwartz is a wonderful doctor who explains things well.
Dr S & his fellow were truly excellent.
Excellent care; very professional. On my 1st visit with Dr. Schwartz - I felt as if he was MY neurologist & I would definitely see him again if needed.
Dr. Vegetiy and Dr. Schwartz is the finest doctors I've ever had. I have total confid. in them.
His follow-up notes to my doctor did not match what I'd told him/them. Were they listening?
I get the best care from Dr. Schwartz and his team.
This is a very professional organization!
Dr. Schwartz is a wonderful doctor who responds quickly, very knowledgeable, and is very understanding.
This was my first visit. I left feeling completely satisfied with consultation.
Dr. Schwartz is an "amazing," wonderful doctor - organized, detail, clear explanation, comprehensive, good listener, understanding, CARING wonderful doctor!!!
Very thorough and helpful. Willingness to investigate to find root cause. Helpful practical suggestions.
Dr. Schwartz is wonderful; I feel that I am with the best doctor for my condition.
Dr. Schwartz provided very reassuring explanations about my condition and scary radiology report.
Dr. Schwartz is the best doctor I have known, he is expert in his field and care about his patients -
Very good experience.
Always a GOOD experience.

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