John Engstrom, MD


Dr. John Engstrom, a specialist in neuromuscular disorders, is director of Neurology Outpatient Services and a neurologist at the UCSF Spine Center. In addition to treating patients, his research includes the study of new therapies for neurological complications of spine disease and peripheral nerve entrapment or compression. Engstrom earned a bachelor's degree in genetics at the University of California, Davis and a medical degree at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed a medical residency in neurology at UCSF where he served as chief resident before joining the UCSF Medical Center staff in 1988.

Engstrom is the recipient of numerous awards including the Betty Anker Fife Chair in Neurology, Visiting Professor of Neurologic Education at the Mayo Clinic and Outstanding Clinical Teacher for Neurology Residents. He is director of the Neurology Residency Program at UCSF and an associate editor for Harrison's Online — a resource for clinical medicine and research. He is a professor of clinical neurology and vice chair of the Department of Neurology at UCSF.


EMG Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-4965
Fax: (415) 353-2898

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nerve Injury Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-7500
Fax: (415) 353-2889

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Neurology Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2273
Fax: (415) 353-2898

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Stanford University School of Medicine 1981


John Hopkins Hospital, Internal Medicine 1984
UCSF Medical Center, Neurology 1984


John Hopkins Hospital, Neuromuscular Disorders 1989

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Jordan JT, Mayans D, Schneider L, Adams N, Khawaja AM, Engstrom J. Education Research: Neurology resident education: Trending skills, confidence, and professional preparation. Neurology. 2016 Mar 15; 86(11):e112-7.
  2. Burish MJ, Fredericks CA, Engstrom JW, Tateo VL, Josephson SA. Predicting success: What medical student measures predict resident performance in neurology? Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2015 Aug; 135:69-72.
  3. Simon NG, Narvid J, Cage T, Banerjee S, Ralph JW, Engstrom JW, Kliot M, Chin C. Visualizing axon regeneration after peripheral nerve injury with magnetic resonance tractography. Neurology. 2014 Oct 07; 83(15):1382-4.

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