About me

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, he studies new therapies for neurological complications of spine disease and peripheral nerve entrapment (a category of conditions involving compressed nerves).

Engstrom earned a bachelor's degree in genetics at the University of California, Davis, followed by 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 in 1988.

Engstrom has received numerous awards, including the Betty Anker Fife Distinguished Chair in Neurology from UCSF, Visiting Professor of Neurologic Education at the Mayo Clinic and Outstanding Clinical Teacher for Neurology Residents from UCSF He is director of the Neurology Residency Program at UCSF and an associate editor for Harrison's, an online resource for medical practice and research. He is vice chair of the Department of Neurology at UCSF.

  • Education

    Stanford University School of Medicine, 1981

  • Residencies

    John Hopkins Hospital, Internal Medicine, 1984

    UCSF Medical Center, Neurology, 1984

  • Fellowships

    John Hopkins Hospital, Neuromuscular Disorders, 1989

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Academic Title


EMG Clinic

400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

General Neurology Clinic

400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

Peripheral Nerve Center

400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

My reviews


Overall Experience
193 Reviews
Dr Engstrom is a very kind compassionate provider and is obviously extremely knowledgeable informed and experienced in his field of expertise. I have real trust in his advice and would recommend him as a Neurologist and am very glad he was recommended a few years ago.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
192 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
191 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
186 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
191 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
189 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
189 Reviews