Veronica E. Santini, MD, MA

Veronica E. Santini, MD, MA

Movement disorders specialist

Bio:   Dr. Veronica Santini is a neurologist who specializes in the diagnosis and management of movement disorders, including the treatment of Parkinsons disease and atypical parkinsonism, tremor, tic disorder (including Tourette’s syndrome), dystonia, chorea, and ataxia. Dr. Santini co-directs the Multidisciplinary Huntingtons Disease and Ataxia Clinic at Stanford University Movement Disorders Clinic. In this role, she oversees a large and dedicated team of doctors and specialists, who collectively provide the emotional, cognitive, psychosocial, and physical supports required for truly holistic, patient-centered care. Already providing gold standard care for these patients, Dr. Santini further expanded the services of the clinic and its patient referral basis, leading to its prestigious designation as a Huntingtons Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence. In addition to her work in Huntingtons disease and ataxia syndromes, Dr. Santini has specialized training in disorders of the autonomic nervous system and has a particular interest in the management of Multiple System Atrophy.

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. In their first year, Dr. Santini leads Quarter 3 of the Practice of Medicine course, followed by neurology specific workshops in Quarters 5 and 6 of the students’ second year. She is also a lead lecturer in the neurosciences portion of the Human Health and Disease course in the second year. She resumes her instruction to the senior medical students as the Associate Clerkship Director of the Neurology Clerkship. She is also an influential educator and mentor for the neurology residents and the movement disorders fellows, implementing several curricula for these trainees. Dr. Santini is a valued educator in the Department of Neurology and the School of Medicine and she has won numerous teaching awards within these roles.

Dr. Santini is also impassioned to provide exceptional and equitable healthcare to all. Identifying the great disparities in neurologic care worldwide, Dr. Santini launched global neurologic programs to provide care to developing nations. Her most recent work, in collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the St. Luke Foundation, delivers neurologic care to Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, which has been struck by devastating natural disasters. She leads a team of neurologists, trainees, nurses, physical therapists, and pharmacists to Port-au-Prince personally at least once annually, while other teams of neurologists provide continuity of care at least once monthly. In addition to providing neurologic care and education in Haiti, Dr. Santini has worked with medical centers in Nepal and Kenya.

Dr. Santini performs research within these realms to advance the science, improve patient care outcomes, and to increase education and understanding of neurologic disease. In addition to numerous speaking engagements, Dr. Santini has authored several articles in well-respected, peer-reviewed journals and a book chapter within the celebrated text: Parkinsons Disease and Movement Disorders.

Dr. Santini received her medical degree from Boston University, where she went on to complete her Neurology residency, becoming Chief Resident in her final year of training. She continued on at Boston University to complete a fellowship in Movement Disorders and joined the Stanford faculty in 2014. She was 1 of only 12 international candidates selected as an AAN Emerging Leader and also became an AAN Palatucci Advocate. Furthermore, she received distinctions as the recipient of the Neurology Clerkship Educator award, the Lysa Forno Excellence in Teaching award, and as a Faculty Fellow of the Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health.
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361 Patient Ratings
96 Patient Comments

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Movement Disorders Center

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Boston University School of Medicine Office of the Registrar (2014) MA
  • Residency: Boston University School of Medicine Office of the Registrar (2013) MA
  • Medical Education: Boston University School of Medicine Office of the Registrar (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

  • Chief Resident Immersion Training in the Care of Older Adults, Boston University Medical Center (2012)
  • Global Ambassador, St. Luke Foundation Nonprofit Organization in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2014)
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (2012)
  • Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, Outstanding Resident Role Model, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (2012)
  • Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching, Tufts Medical Center (2010)
  • Senior Fellow, Stanford University's Center for Innovation in Global Health (2015)

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)

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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.

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4.8 out of 5
361 Patient Ratings
96 Patient Comments

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 awesome

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

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

Wonderful - absolutely have total confidence in Dr. Santini.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

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

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 is an excellent physician, knowledgable, and caring.

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

Wonderful care provider!

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

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

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.