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Marta San Luciano


Runner, Parkinson's disease specialist and mother of three

Dr. Marta San Luciano specializes in diagnosing and managing movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, dystonia, essential tremor and myoclonus. She has special interests in caring for patients whose genetic background may increase their risk of Parkinson's disease and dystonia, and in developing biomarkers and measuring outcomes in movement disorders.

San Luciano received her medical degree from the University of Navarra in Spain and earned a master's degree in clinical research methods from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York and a residency in neurology at Boston University Medical Center. She also served as a clinical and research fellow in movement disorders at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in New York.

In 2008, San Luciano was awarded a Clinical Research Training Fellowship by the American Academy of Neurology. She is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and Parkinson Study Group.

  • Education

    University of Navarre School of Medicine, 2002

  • Residencies

    Boston University Medical Center, 2007

  • Fellowships

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2010

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

  • Languages


The joy of practicing medicine for me is connecting with my patients and improving quality of life for those affected with neurological illness.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    213 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 30, 2023
    Excellent visit.
    Nov 30, 2023
    I have seen Dr San Luciano twice and both times I have been impressed
    Oct 31, 2023
    Both the fellow and Dr. San Luciano were wonderful attentive great communicators helpful kind -- terrific! Thanks to you both!
    Oct 12, 2023
    Dr. Marta San Luciano Palenzuela is an outstanding physician. She has been my doctor for many years and I would not choose any other neurologist except her. She has always given me her undivided attention care concern and compassion. She is very kind caring friendly sweet compassionate and always professional towards me and my wifel. She is truly a wonderful example of an exceptional doctor.My family and I feel honored to have Dr. San Luciano as our trusted physician. God bless her for all her devotion to her profession and to her patients.
    Oct 09, 2023
    My experience with the caregiver continues ro be extremely positive
    Oct 03, 2023
    Dr San Luciano is the BEST! She is an expert for my condition listens intently educates about possible future options and is extremely kind caring and responsive! So grateful to be her pt.
    Sep 22, 2023
    Excellent medical services as usual!
    Sep 21, 2023
    She is an excellent doctor
    Sep 16, 2023
    Always a pleasure to talk with Dr. Luciano.
    Sep 15, 2023
    Dr San Luciano saw us during her lunch hour probably. There was a problem with medication and orders having been changed on discharge from hospital. She cleared it all up. Very grateful!
    Sep 14, 2023
    Aug 20, 2023
    I believe I have the best MD to help me with my medical condition
    Aug 18, 2023
    Dr is warm and obviously cares about her patients
    Jul 29, 2023
    I could not have received any better care anywhere else.
    Jul 24, 2023
    Dr San Luciano was insightful and courteous.
    Jul 20, 2023
    Excellent Dr.'s for my problem
    Jun 16, 2023
    Dr Marta is kind and concerned. She took time to ask questions and to asess my condition
    May 29, 2023
    As always doctor San Luciano continued to provide excellent service. As well as treating us like family. She is the "BEST"!
    May 26, 2023
    Dr. San Luciano is a compassionate care provider. I feel honored to be her patient.
    May 20, 2023
    Dr. San Luciano is always very attentive and communicative.
    May 13, 2023
    Very friendly.
    Apr 22, 2023
    Apr 21, 2023
    Dr. San Luciano is a very caring physician.
    Mar 17, 2023
    Love this doctor. She is amazing. She addresses all my concerns and gives me great advice.
    Mar 16, 2023
    Truly exceptional and so helpful to me on the situation and corrective steps I should take.
    Feb 18, 2023
    Dr St Luciano is always professional courteous and empathetic.
    Jan 26, 2023
    I alway recommend UCSF
    Jan 11, 2023
    Excellent knowledgeable clinician. Fortunate to have her as a doctor
    Dec 03, 2022
    Top notch!
    Nov 19, 2022
    Dr San Luciano was prepared and helpful (like usual).
    Oct 20, 2022
    A wonderful but overloaded physician!
    Oct 13, 2022
    Excellent physician. Very thorough and easy to understand
    Sep 29, 2022
    Always pleasant. Professional on. Time
    Sep 27, 2022
    Service providers were good listeners took time to understand my answers and confirmed their understanding.
    Sep 02, 2022
    Always a pleasure to see Dr. Luciano.
    Sep 01, 2022
    She is a skilled physician with a personality to match. Probably her most admirable trait his her responsiveness to patient Inquiries.
    Aug 18, 2022
    Both my physicians were excellent.
    Aug 04, 2022
    Both the fellow and the attending physician were great.
    Jul 24, 2022
    Excellent experience
    Jul 23, 2022
    I will not move out of the area because my doctors are so important to me. They are excellent.
    Mar 28, 2022
    My husband is in long term care at jewish Home. I think it took them awhile to implement new instructions but they finally did.
    Feb 22, 2022
    Dr San Luciano is always empathetic. She understands the challenges of Parkinson's patients and for their spouse
    Decorative Caduceus

    Cerebellar Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders in Cerebral Palsy in Children and Youn...

    This is the primary motor outcome measure. It is the Movement Disorder-Childhood Rating Scale 4-18 Revised (MD-CRS 4-18 R). The MD-CRS 4-18 R is a validated tool aimed to evaluate movement disorders in developmental age. It is par...


    Decorative Caduceus

    A Study to Assess the Safety of BIIB122 Tablets and if it Can Slow the Worsening of Early-Stage...

    Time to confirmed worsening is defined as a worsening event sustained over 2 consecutive assessments. MDS-UPDRS is a multimodal scale assessing impairment and disability consisting of 4 parts. Part II assesses motor experiences of...