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Nicholas A. Butowski


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Dr. Nicholas Butowski is a neuro-oncologist who specializes in brain tumors, neuroimaging, cognitive and rehabilitative neurology, and complementary therapies for neurological disorders. He is director of clinical services in neuro-oncology and a researcher at the Brain Tumor Center.

In his research, Butowski focuses on developing treatments for primary brain tumors as well as methods to ensure good quality of life for patients and to assist them in recovering from or coping with brain injury.

Butowski earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in neuro-oncology at UCSF. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Society of Clinical Oncology and Society for Neuro-oncology.

  • Education

    University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1999

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Neurology, 2003

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Neuro-oncology, 2004

  • Academic Title


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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    173 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 16, 2023
    I feel extremely fortunate that Dr. Butowski was available to see me and pick up with me after not seeing him since 2017. He's so very knowledgable and paid out a reasonable plan for me to follow. I need to do my part now.
    Nov 15, 2023
    As always excellent care!
    Nov 12, 2023
    My care provider received quite general info about injections and he did not reply due to my need to provide a list for which he would respond. This is due to the detail he would provide to me specifically. All treatments for my particular disease are extremely new
    Nov 11, 2023
    Very good
    Oct 08, 2023
    Dr. Butowski makes sure that I understand everything in a way that no other doctor has.
    Oct 06, 2023
    I've been seeing Dr Butowski for 13 years now. He's incredibly thoughtful patient and wise and gives me great confidence in my care.
    Oct 01, 2023
    Dr. Butowski has made me feel very cared for. I reached out to him after not seeing him for 6 years and he immediately responded.
    Sep 29, 2023
    Dr. Butowski is excellent on all counts. He's an asset to his division.
    Sep 28, 2023
    We are grateful to have Dr Butowski on our care team.
    Sep 20, 2023
    Very good
    Sep 20, 2023
    We consider ourselves truly fortunate to have Dr. Butowski as our neuro-oncologist.
    Aug 16, 2023
    Very informative and caring
    Aug 12, 2023
    The team was WONDERFUL!
    Aug 12, 2023
    Top notch care provider for sure
    Aug 12, 2023
    Aug 11, 2023
    I just love Dr. Butowski and his whole team. I feel like theiy're MY team!
    Aug 02, 2023
    Excellent MD in all ways. My husband taught me to meditate. Dr B convinced me to meditate.
    Jul 27, 2023
    Dr. Butowski always takes his time to make sure you're comfortable with your plan of care.
    Jul 06, 2023
    I've always had a good experience with Dr. Butowski
    Jun 30, 2023
    Dr. Butowski is a wonderful doctor who cares understands and supports my needs to the fullest.
    Jun 22, 2023
    Nicholas Butowski seems to be the best I have found globally.
    Jun 18, 2023
    Jun 16, 2023
    I really liked Dr Butowski
    May 17, 2023
    May 17, 2023
    Dr. Butowski simply the best provider in the clinic.
    May 17, 2023
    We are very fortunate to have Dr. Butowski as our neuro-oncologist.
    May 12, 2023
    From the MRI visit to evaluation with Dr. Butowski everything went very well!!!
    Apr 27, 2023
    Excellent care all around!!
    Apr 27, 2023
    Dr Butowski is excellent. I'm happy he is my NeuroOnc. I feel safe and cared for. He is smart and easy to speak with. He hears what I have to say and responds in a way that doesn't dismiss me. That Is a major issue with others and I appreciate that it's not with him.
    Mar 30, 2023
    As a result of the delay in getting to talk to the doctor our discussion was not as productive.
    Mar 22, 2023
    Very good experience
    Mar 17, 2023
    Dr. B is the best!
    Feb 17, 2023
    Dr. B is always very helpful in explaining my test results and listening and answering any questions or issues I may have.
    Jan 22, 2023
    Jan 13, 2023
    A post appointment email follow up was a nice touch.
    Jan 02, 2023
    Always a pleasure and very much appreciate the time invested in my health.
    Dec 30, 2022
    It was a good meeting with Dr. Butowski about my MRI results. He didn't show the results of my MRI scan this time like he usually does before but I trust him as he confirmed it's stable so I suppose it's not necessary to see them if they are the same as before.
    Dec 29, 2022
    Dr. Butowski is an excellent provider. Decent human being; extremely knowledgeable; compassionate. Top notch communication. If only he was chair of this department.
    Dec 21, 2022
    Excellent service
    Dec 10, 2022
    Doctor butowski was great. Heard our concerns and made surgery happen while we sat with him.
    Nov 28, 2022
    Great discussion of why optune does not work
    Nov 11, 2022
    Excellent care!
    Oct 29, 2022
    Very good service and experience
    Aug 18, 2022
    Deal with 6 different hospital staffs and without comparison the easiest and friendliest staff I encounter. Made it a point to complete this time to show appreciation I might not show during visit.
    Aug 12, 2022
    Dr. Butowski is literally the BEST.
    Aug 11, 2022
    Nick is good guy
    Aug 04, 2022
    Dr Butowski gives excellent advice.
    Jul 30, 2022
    Dr. Butowski is always very open and kind to my needs and asks if I have any questions and he is caring to respond.
    Apr 20, 2022
    Best doctor anywhere of any kind.
    Apr 16, 2022
    Always excellent top notch care by this provider
    Mar 30, 2022
    Dr. Butowski is amazing. He is always attentive and provides excellent care and support. He is an asset to the UCSF care system.
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