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.
  4. Simon NG, Ralph JW, Poncelet AN, Engstrom JW, Chin C, Kliot M. A comparison of ultrasonographic and electrophysiologic 'inching' in ulnar neuropathy at the elbow. Clin Neurophysiol. 2015 Feb; 126(2):391-8.
  5. Dhand A, Engstrom J, Dhaliwal G. Author response. Neurology. 2014 Apr 29; 82(17):1568.
  6. Lyons JL, Coleman ME, Engstrom JW, Mateen FJ. International electives in neurology training: a survey of US and Canadian program directors. Neurology. 2014 Jan 14; 82(2):119-25.
  7. Dhand A, Engstrom J, Dhaliwal G. How experienced community neurologists make diagnoses during clinical encounters. Neurology. 2013 Oct 15; 81(16):1460-6.
  8. Cage TA, Simon NG, Bourque S, Noss R, Engstrom JW, Ralph JW, Kliot M. Dual reinnervation of biceps muscle after side-to-side anastomosis of an intact median nerve and a damaged musculocutaneous nerve. J Neurosurg. 2013 Oct; 119(4):929-33.
  9. Johnson NE, Maas MB, Coleman M, Jozefowicz R, Engstrom J. Education research: neurology training reassessed. The 2011 American Academy of Neurology Resident Survey results. Neurology. 2012 Oct 23; 79(17):1831-4.
  10. Josephson SA, Engstrom JW. Residency training: developing a program of quality and safety to train resident neurologists for the future. Neurology. 2012 Feb 21; 78(8):602-5.
  11. Keen NN, Chin CT, Engstrom JW, Saloner D, Steinbach LS. Diagnosing ulnar neuropathy at the elbow using magnetic resonance neurography. Skeletal Radiol. 2012 Apr; 41(4):401-7.
  12. Lam L, Engstrom J. Teaching video NeuroImages: the breathing arm: respiratory brachial synkinesis. Neurology. 2010 Apr 20; 74(16):e69.
  13. Du R, Auguste KI, Chin CT, Engstrom JW, Weinstein PR. Magnetic resonance neurography for the evaluation of peripheral nerve, brachial plexus, and nerve root disorders. J Neurosurg. 2010 Feb; 112(2):362-71.
  14. Biswas HH, Engstrom JW, Kaidarova Z, Garratty G, Gibble JW, Newman BH, Smith JW, Ziman A, Fridey JL, Sacher RA, Murphy EL. Neurologic abnormalities in HTLV-I- and HTLV-II-infected individuals without overt myelopathy. Neurology. 2009 Sep 08; 73(10):781-9.
  15. Dubal DB, Mueller S, Ruben BS, Engstrom JW, Josephson SA. T-cell lymphoproliferative disorder following mycophenolate treatment for myasthenia gravis. Muscle Nerve. 2009 Jun; 39(6):849-50.
  16. Josephson SA, Engstrom JW, Wachter RM. Neurohospitalists: an emerging model for inpatient neurological care. Ann Neurol. 2008 Feb; 63(2):135-40.
  17. Engstrom JW. Toward implementation of a flexible neurology residency: position of the Neurology Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Ann Neurol. 2007 Jan; 61(1):7-8.
  18. Lewis AM, Layzer R, Engstrom JW, Barbaro NM, Chin CT. Magnetic resonance neurography in extraspinal sciatica. Arch Neurol. 2006 Oct; 63(10):1469-72.
  19. Engstrom JW. Myasthenia gravis: diagnostic mimics. Semin Neurol. 2004 Jun; 24(2):141-7.
  20. Huang Y, Zurlinden E, Lin E, Li X, Tokumoto J, Golden J, Murr A, Engstrom J, Conte J. Liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectrometric assay for the simultaneous determination of didanosine and stavudine in human plasma, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, alveolar cells, peripheral blood mononuclear cells, seminal plasma, cerebrospinal fluid and tonsil tissue. J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2004 Jan 05; 799(1):51-61.

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