Veronica E. Santini, MD

Veronica E. Santini, MD

Movement disorders specialist

Bio:   Dr. Veronica Santini joined the Stanford Neurology faculty in 2014, where she has a busy movement disorders and clinical research practice. Dr. Santini co-directs the Multidisciplinary Huntington Disease and Ataxia Clinic, where she oversees a large and dedicated team of specialists providing holistic, patient-centered care. In 2015, it received the prestigious designation as a Huntington Disease Society of America, Center of Excellence and has maintained this designation under her leadership. Given her expertise in the evaluation of autonomic dysfunction and in ataxia, she has a particular interest in the management of multiple system atrophy. Dr. Santini is impassioned to provide equitable healthcare, identifying disparities in neurologic care worldwide and launching global multidisciplinary neurologic programs to provide care to low income nations. Her most recent work, in collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the St. Luke Foundation, delivers neurologic care to impoverished nation of Haiti. Due to this work, she was named a Global Ambassador of the St. Luke Foundation. Dr. Santini was also selected as a 2015 AAN Palatucci Advocate and a 2016 AAN Emerging Leader. She is also active in other leadership roles of the AAN and of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society.

Dr. Santini is enthusiastic about medical education and has a responsibility in teaching Stanford medical students from their first to their graduating years at Stanford. She is an Educator 4 C.A.R.E., where she directs a learning community of over 30 students throughout their training and previously held leadership roles in the Practice of Medicine and Science of Medicine courses. She resumes her instruction to the clinical medical students as director of the Required Neurology Clerkship and is a mentor for the neurology residents and movement disorders fellows. She is also a member of multiple School of Medicine education committees and has played a prominent role nationally to increase student interest and engagement in the neurosciences. Dr. Santini has won numerous teaching awards, including the Neurology Clerkship Educator award, the Lysa Forno Excellence in Teaching award, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Pre-Clinical Teaching, the Award for Excellence in Promotion of Humanism, and the Lawrence H. Mathers Award for Exceptional Commitment to Teaching and Active Involvement in Medical Education.
4.9 out of 5
145 Patient Ratings
138 Patient Comments

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Movement Disorders Center

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Boston University School of Medicine (2014) MA
  • Residency: Boston University School of Medicine (2013) MA
  • Medical Education: Boston University School of Medicine (2009) MA
  • Board Certification: Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2013)
  • Internship: Caritas St Elizabeth?s Medical Center (2010) MA
  • Fellowship in Movement Disorders, Boston University Medical Center (2014)
  • Board Certification, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2013)
  • Residency, Boston University Medical Center (2013)
  • Internship, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (2010)
  • Medical Doctorate, Boston University School of Medicine (2009)
  • Bachelor's of Science, University of Miami, Chemistry (2003)

Honors & Awards

  • Emerging Leaders Forum, American Academy of Neurology (2016)
  • Fellow, Stanford University's Center for Innovation in Global Health (2015)
  • Global Ambassador, St. Luke Foundation Nonprofit Organization in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2014)
  • Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, Outstanding Resident Role Model, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (2012)
  • Lysia Forno Excellence in Teaching Award, Stanford University, Department of Neurology (2016)
  • Medical Student Neurology Clerkship Faculty Teaching Award, Stanford University, Department of Neurology (2016)
  • Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum, American Academy of Neurology (2015)
  • Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching, Tufts Medical Center (2010)
  • The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Pre-Clinical Teaching, Stanford University, School of Medicine (2018)

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Clerkship Director of the Neurology clerkship, Stanford University, School of Medicine (2014 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Multidisciplinary Huntingtons Disease and Ataxia Clinic, A Huntington's Disease Society of America, Center of Excellence (2014 - Present)
  • Co-Lead Quarter 3, Practice of Medicine I, Stanford University, School of Medicine (2015 - Present)
  • Director, Parkinsons Disease Duopa Program, Stanford Movement Disorders Clinic (2015 - Present)
  • Educator 4 C.A.R.E. (Compassion, Advocacy, Responsibility, Empathy), Stanford University, School of Medicine (2017 - Present)

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Friendliness

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Explanations

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Listens

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Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

4.9

Clear Communication

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Confidence in your doctor

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Recommended to others

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Wait times

SHC Patient, Jun 2020

Excellent provider, very caring.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Dr. Santini is as good as it gets! :-)

SHC Patient, Nov 2019

Dr. Santini & staff are excellent.

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

She was a great personality. Good sense of humor.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

I love my doctor!

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. Santini is very caring & compassionate. I would have no hesitation recommending family members or friends to her.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Dr Santini is great. She is very professional but not intimidating. She listens and shows concern. The doctor that was with her who did the actual injections was also quite nice. She did a good job. Not as good as Dr. Santini but she was really good. I was quite happy with the experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Santini is a great physician - very knowledgeable, compassionate and caring. I have utmost confidence in her - that her recommendation and treatment plan are in my best intent.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

All positive.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Always good experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

I always have a positive experience when visiting with Dr Santini. She goes over my situation and makes adjustments in my medication, etc as needed.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

pleasant staff.

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4.9 out of 5
145 Patient Ratings
138 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jun 2020

Excellent provider, very caring.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Dr. Santini is as good as it gets! :-)

SHC Patient, Nov 2019

Dr. Santini & staff are excellent.

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

She was a great personality. Good sense of humor.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

I love my doctor!

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. Santini is very caring & compassionate. I would have no hesitation recommending family members or friends to her.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Dr Santini is great. She is very professional but not intimidating. She listens and shows concern. The doctor that was with her who did the actual injections was also quite nice. She did a good job. Not as good as Dr. Santini but she was really good. I was quite happy with the experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Santini is a great physician - very knowledgeable, compassionate and caring. I have utmost confidence in her - that her recommendation and treatment plan are in my best intent.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

All positive.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Always good experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

I always have a positive experience when visiting with Dr Santini. She goes over my situation and makes adjustments in my medication, etc as needed.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

pleasant staff.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Thank Dr. Santini for the excellent support over the years. She continues to provide trusted information on Lisa's condition, and her advice and recommendations on Lisa's medications and treatment have been very helpful.

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

I couldn't be more pleased with Dr. Santini.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Dr. Santini demonstrates a genuine interest in her patients.

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Santini is an excellent dr.!

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

dr Santini is outstanding. She is thorough, patient and kind. So lucky to have her as my doctor.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

Dr. Santini has been an excellent health care provider. I wish all of my physicians were as vested in my care and solutions as she is. over all fantastic experience.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Dr. Santini is a very warm person, she makes me feel very relaxed.

SHC Patient, May 2018

The treatment I receive from Dr. Santini has greatly improved my quality of life.

SHC Patient, May 2018

I feel that I am appreciated as a patient

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

Dr. Santini is one of the best physicians we know we all fortunate to have her.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

These ratings refer to Dr Santini not the doctor who assisted.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

Superb care provider! Likewise her fellow.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

Very caring. Friendly.

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

Dr. Santini is fantastic! She is caring, informative, attentive, and highly skilled. After our visits I always feel more hopeful and am "supercharged" about what I can do to beat Parkinson's.

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

I was very impressed with Dr. Santini to the point that I might opt to try to have her for my doctor in the future.

SHC Patient, Feb 2018

A pleasure

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

Dr. Santini is AWESOME as is her team!!!

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

We love Dr. Santini - she is excellent.

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

very good

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

Dr. Santini is always energetic, cordial and forthright.

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

Tell everyone very happy with service and no pain.

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

Dr. Santini is excellent & very knowledgeable. She always answers our questions & spends time with us as needed.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

Dr Veronica Santini is the BEST!!!

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

Excellent, pleasure & compassionate.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

As much as I like Dr Santini, I am looking forward to getting services in Fresno.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Outstanding care provider!

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Santini is outstanding. She is pleasant and gives good information in an understandable way. She is a great neurologist. She is caring and kind.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Thanks so much!

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Love Dr. Santini!

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Dr. Santini is a caring and concerned physician, who gives me confidence, and comfort with every visit. She is AMAZING!

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

She is professional, competent and caring.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Santini is WONDERFUL!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Santini is THE BEST. She always takes time, listens, offers good advice and is very approachable. We love her!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

This was the initial visit with Dr Santini and we were very pleased.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr Santini is the BAR that physicians should look to when they look in the mirror. She is EXCELLENT!!!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

dr santini is an angel very sweet and listens

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Good.

SHC Patient, May 2017

I would give Dr. Santini an excellent "score" she is caring & kind & professional.

SHC Patient, May 2017

Dr. Santini is excellent. Very caring. Took time to listen and explain options.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Fantastic experience every time!

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

I have a great deal of confidence in Dr Call and Dr Poston. Dr Santini was new, but she was obvioisly excellent.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Santini is an angel.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Santini is both a friend and my physician. I trust her and she really understands me as a human being as well as a patient. She looks at the whole person and respects my opinion. I love working with her.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Santini is invariably positive in those areas where diagnosis has shown a positive improvement in my medical condition.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

I have had a great experience with Dr. Santini. She has helped me tremendously.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr Santini has always been positive, relaxed and honest. Appointments with her is a good experience.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Our doctor showed competence, compassion and patience.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

very good

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

We love Dr. Santini.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

technically very competent and excellent people skills

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

excellent. to me one of the most important traits of a health care provider is the ability and willingness to listen to a patient. Dr. Santini reflects this trait better than ANY health care provider I have ever had. I always feel that I matter when I see her and her team.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

two and one half hours for a twenty minute appointment. no way to run a business

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Santini is awesome.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Again this appointment was for a research project both the Nurse and Doctor were very good, explained everything in detail as to why or why not.... excellent service.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Santini is a treasure!

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

dr Santini is awesome. I wished I lived closer to Palo Alto.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

I have nothing but praise for all the doctors who attended me.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

I have been very pleased with the care and concern exhibited by all of the doctors I have seen at Stanford Health.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

I'm very happy with Dr. Santini. She discussed with me concerns my wife and I had about my medication. She very patient.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Santini is a gem. Very professional- helpful- instructive and friendly. We enjoy coming to see her.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Good.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Santini is wonderful. Almost makes having Parkinson's fun!

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Santini and Dr. Call are very attentive and caring

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Santini is nice and amazing provider. I have full confidence on her. My PD symptoms are controlled. I'm lucky to have her as my provider.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

evaluates last visit outcomes and adjusts treatment to suit my pain and functioning levels

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

fantastic!!!

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Santini went above and beyond what is reasonable to be expected. I appreciate her kindness, compassion, and respect; She was thorough in listening to my concerns, helped me to understand the possible underlying problems, and made referrals to further investigation by other specialists. So far I have received appointment calls from two other clinics (out of three). Dr. Santini also explained thoroughly a newly FDA approved procedure for which I might be a good candidate once it is available early next year. I feel fortunate to be a patient under her care, as I have utter confidence in her.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

I have been at stanford for a research study, then it is very different than been a regular patient with health problems. that is the reason i will not complete this part. however the the people: nurse, doctor, assistant, who worked with me were FANTASTIC.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Santini always gives me the time I need. And answers any questions I might have. That is much appreciated.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I had, as always, a very positive experience with this care provider.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

The physician assigned to me has a very positive approach and uses humor to lighten up a sometimes too serious situation. she always has a ready and acceptable solution to all our questions.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Good.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Santini is excellent.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

good

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr Santini is an excellent doctor, ome of the very best that I ever had in my life. I trust jer, depend on her and I like her very much

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Santini is awesome

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Always feel like Dr. Santini has given me a thorough exam.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Veronica Santini is an amazing physician. She is extremely professional, caring, considerate, friendly, compassionate, wonderful and outstanding! I feel very fortunate and blessed to have her as my doctor.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

This is the best dr. ever. My son actually enjoys getting shots because she makes him smile & laugh & feel like a normal person.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Veronica Santini is a exemplary practitioner and provider. She utilizes all of your network and other specialists to help find solutions. She has gone out of her way in any way possible to help and accommodate my mothers needs. We are confident in her knowledge and ability to work thru moms rare condition. She has helped us understand and deal with a very difficult time and situation. "The Best" We love her care.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Santini is awesome.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Veronica Santini is truly amazing. She is extremely professional, caring, friendly and attentive. She has been caring for my problems and conditions for some time now. Her attentiveness and caring extends to my family as well and for that we are very grateful to her. She is one of the very best physicians whom I have had the great pleasure to know. She is so very compassionate, empathetic and knowledgeable. She loves her profession and this shows in the way that she treats her patients. I wish that we could clone Dr. Santini because she is truly a very unique and rare gem!

SHC Patient, May 2016

I love Stanford

SHC Patient, May 2016

This last visit was with Dr. Santini. she spent close to an hour with me evaluating my progress and making suggestions. I couldn't ask for a more compassionate and well informed doctor. I can't express in words how much I appreciate her.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Excellent service and care - Dr. Santini was very pleasant and explained all my questions.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr Santini is great. Very smart and easy to communicate with.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Santini is simply outstanding!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Good

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Santini is one in a million. She is so very sweet, kind and caring. We have recommended her to 2 of our friends who now see her. However not everyone needs a movement specialist neurologist!

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

I feel fortunate to have been referred to Doctor Santini.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Care provider answered questions clearly and honestly.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Santini is brilliant, friendly & accessible. I have recommended her to my friends. For 4 years I had horrible insomnia, which over 12 doctors could not fix, they included 2 movement disorder specialists at UCSF. Dr. Santini immediately figured out what was going on & now I can sleep. Also, even though she (unfortunately) is not my doctor anymore, she still helped me and most generously spoke to me over the phone for at least 15 minutes to help me with my orthostatic hypotension problem.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

We are very happy to have Dr. Santini work with us on my condition.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Wonderful - absolutely have total confidence in Dr. Santini.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Santini is the perfect "fit" in neurology. She is kind and friendly and puts people at ease. Neuro patients sometimes have symptoms that make them feel insecure about themselves. Dr. Santini is very reassuring. I would highly recommend her to a neuro patient.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

I loved my care provider.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr Santini is awesome!

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Have already referred 2 people.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Santini always takes time to really talk with me, as well as Veronica

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I have seen two doctors for my illness and they have helped me keep symptoms under control.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Santini is wonderful. She always answers our questions and is forward thinking putting my husband's health first.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Exceptionally thoughtful & helpful.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr Santini was well worth the wait. She was by far the best neurologist I've had the pleasure of seeing. Very thorough and attentive to my concerns. She genuinely cared about me and made me feel confident in her care. Excellent!

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Santini is an excellent physician, knowledgable, and caring.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr Santini does a great job every time I meet with her!

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Wonderful care provider!

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

This visit was thorough, professional, and a very positive experience.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Dr. Santini is very friendly, courteous & concerned!

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

I would say, my care provider is pleasant, though it's my first visit or encounter with her. She said I'm doing well...She answered all my questions and concerns during my visit. She also explained to me Why the need to increase the dosage of my pill and also the benefits of attendIng Physical therapy for my balance. Overall she's great!

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

great experience. this doctor has given me hope that my symptoms might be able to be managed.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

She gave me the impression she know the field very well.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

I was very pleased by how much time the doctor & physical asst spent with me.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Love this Doctor , absolutely will recommend her to everybody. EXCELLENT doctor.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Santini and her assistant were wonderful with my husband, kind, friendly and put us at ease.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Dr. Santini & her assistant were so helpful & very pleasant. I was very happy with my visit.

SHC Patient, May 2015

I was seen primarily by the resident. I saw Dr. Santini for less than 10 minutes total. While, I admit I was nervous and tired, I felt rushed to ask any questions, like she had somewhere else she had to be. She never once mentioned the research I did about the diagnosis she told me I had is basically only linked to cancer patients. She did not actually ask me any questions about my past history of depression yet based my entire diagnosis off of past medical history. I left her office feeling more confused than before because the diagnosis doesn't fit!I feel like I wasted my time and money to be disappointed and still having the same issues.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Very confident in her manner, diagnosis, treatment and concern.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Love her she is great

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Was very good every thing for me.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr. Santini is great! Dr. Santini.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Great doctor - Always listens & is very professional!

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

This was my first visit with Dr. Santini & I was very pleased with the results. She's great!

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Very good doctor!

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Very impressed, confident, very good people skills, very able to build up confidence and provide hope and care.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. Santini was excellent in her understanding & overall concern for me!

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. Santini was caring & patient with my concerns. A wonderful person and physician.