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Nick Galifianakis



Dr. Nicholas Galifianakis is a neurologist who specializes in taking a comprehensive approach to treating Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. His tools include deep brain stimulation, botulinum toxin injections and medication.

Galifianakis' research interests include outcomes in deep brain stimulation for patients with Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, such as with the use of new interventional MRI techniques. He also is interested in defining types of essential tremor and developing more complete models of care for advanced Parkinson's disease.

Galifianakis earned his medical degree and completed a neurology residency at the University of Southern California, where he served as chief resident. He completed a movement disorders fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and UCSF.

Galifianakis also sees patients at the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center in San Francisco, a Veterans Affairs center of excellence. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

  • Education

    University of Southern California (USC), 2003

  • Residencies

    USC Medical Center, Neurology, 2007

  • Fellowships

    University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Neurology, 2008

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    338 Ratings
    About our process
    Mar 02, 2023
    Everything was excellent
    Feb 09, 2023
    I think Dr. G. ThInks I don't have MSA. He thinks my breathing problem Is due to respiratory situation or problem. I think I do have MSA.
    Feb 08, 2023
    Dr. Galifianakis is exceptional in every way.
    Feb 02, 2023
    This was the best dr visit we ever had and I can tell you we've been to a lot of all different kinds. I wish everyone was as good as your team and Dr. G
    Jan 05, 2023
    I was informed that Dr. Galifianakis had to leave to pick up his child at school as soon as I arrived so I immediately felt rushed. I only saw him for a couple of minutes and spent the rest of the time with his fellow. He did not review the information I brought with me. I did not get to ask any questions. Anything he may have said was relayed to me through his fellow after they had a conversation in the hallway and I was not given any opportunity to speak to him directly. I drove several hundred miles to get to this appointment and spent a lot of money on hotels to stay in the area - and it took me years to get sent to a top rate facility like UCSF. I did not at all anticipate being treated dismissively by an institution that I respect greatly after my husband was treated for GBM there several years ago. I left the appointment feeling defeated and hopeless. I understand that things happen and the emergency that caused him to need to leave was unexpected but this was in no way the visit that I was told I would have. His fellow also said that if I had more questions for Dr. G that I could email him through MyChart and he would call me by the end of the day. I did so and haven't heard anything back. He seemed friendly but I had no opportunity to actually discuss anything with him so it's impossible to say I would recommend him to anyone since our interaction was so brief.
    Jan 04, 2023
    Doctor Galifianakis is simply an extraordinary doctor and human being. Can not ask for more.
    Dec 30, 2022
    I appreciate the professional and compassionate care provided by your impressive staff.
    Dec 13, 2022
    DR. G has always been great and we feel like we can talk to him about things almost like a friend.
    Nov 24, 2022
    Dr.G is open and listens well. We did not go over post-op procedures since I have some pre-testing to do.
    Nov 19, 2022
    Dr. Galifianakis is an excellent doctor!
    Nov 18, 2022
    The doctor was very engaged with us and gave very good instructions re medications and after visit procedures.
    Nov 13, 2022
    Nov 04, 2022
    I couldn't ask for a better doctor than Dr. G. He accomplishes so much in such a short amount of time. He listens well and I know he has my best interest at heart. Dr. G always makes me see a clearer picture of what's going on with my health. I feel honored to be his patient.
    Nov 01, 2022
    Dr. Galifianakis is the best!
    Oct 29, 2022
    Very good doctor and nurse
    Oct 28, 2022
    Dr Nicholas is very patient and curing.
    Oct 11, 2022
    The doctor was exceptional!
    Sep 13, 2022
    Dr. G Is an intuitive and compassionate doctor. He's friendly and professional.
    Sep 09, 2022
    Doctor G. Is very professional and a very good listener. He cares about what my concerns are and what I need.
    Sep 09, 2022
    I was there to listen and learn. I've tried everything the neurologists here have to offer. Are there any other options for me? Next steps?
    Aug 27, 2022
    Dr G is the best doctor I've ever had. He listens understands and most importantly provides meaningful and clear instructions.
    Aug 18, 2022
    The physician(s) were honest. He (they) admitted his (their) lack of familiarity with the lab results. It is most appreciated.
    Aug 15, 2022
    Excellent care from Doctor Galifianakis I am very happy to have him as my Doctor.
    Aug 13, 2022
    Dr. G was very thorough and patient with my mom.
    Aug 07, 2022
    Nick is terrific! Where do I sign up? Gold star!
    Aug 06, 2022
    Good experience
    Jul 28, 2022
    We also really both liked and appreciated Dr. Galifianakis.
    Jul 23, 2022
    Dr. Galifianakis is kind generous with his time and super helpful. He listens with great attention to detail communicates clearly and shows a genuine care and desire to help.
    Jul 06, 2022
    Excellence all around!
    Jun 06, 2022
    Dr. "G" has been our movement neurologist for quite awhile now and we appreciate having him
    May 16, 2022
    Dr. Galifianakis listens closely to my experience with my HFS and respects my decision to for now handle it with a small amount of medication versus botox. I appreciate that he listens to me. We are new to one another and I appreciate that he is willing to dialogue with the patient. It helps to be heard!
    Apr 21, 2022
    Remarkably friendly thoughtful and courteous care. I would definitely recommend to other
    Apr 20, 2022
    No comment was made about my blood pressure or making another appointment it seems like everybody was running late
    Apr 15, 2022
    He was very kind friendly and knowledgeable. He made me feel comfortable and at ease.
    Mar 23, 2022
    Excellent experience and support for what will likely be an ongoing issue. I appreciated consulting with the doctor as to a reasonable plan going forward.
    Mar 19, 2022
    Dr. G is tremendously over booked and he offered to get back to me on a medication issue but he hasn't done so. Call backs are very crowded and not often done.
    Mar 16, 2022
    Mar 03, 2022
    Felt confident & reassured about the planned treatments for my handicapped sister. I was well informed of the pros & cons of such treatments.
    Feb 14, 2022
    Exception support from doctor and support team
    Jan 27, 2022
    Long time patient
    Jan 24, 2022
    We ran out of time for him to go over my options for treatment as thoroughly as I would have liked although we spent some time on it.
    Dec 08, 2021
    Dr. Galifianakis was excellent in every regard: informative helpful kind compassionate and generous with his time. I was nervous as it was the first time we had met and he put me at ease right away. He was extremely detailed in his explanations of my condition and treatment options and he listened to my concerns with care and empathy.
    Nov 25, 2021
    Dr. G has always been very good. He has been my neurologist for many years.
    Nov 20, 2021
    Dr. G is the best!!
    Nov 03, 2021
    Not dr fault. I was very late.
    Oct 29, 2021
    I have received all-round help and care from all the medical staff here. It is their superb technology that gave me the opportunity to be reborn! I thank you very much
    Oct 07, 2021
    Sep 27, 2021
    It was not the doctor's fault that there was confusion regarding the vial that had been removed from the cabinet. It was not his fault that the staff were untrained in the processes and procedures to ensure my approval was confirmed.
    Aug 19, 2021
    I am not totally clear on side effects of newly prescribed medicationA prescription renewal was not sent to my mail-in pharmacy
    Jul 01, 2021
    The new Rx he prescribed left me dizzy. He had not explained there would be any side effects. I had to stop taking it. I phoned the Dept. For my follow-up appt and no one called back explaining about the problem with the medication. I left a message for the Dr. On My Chart and he did not reply. It's been 4 days. No follow-up or treatment notes were posted on My Chart.
    Jul 01, 2021
    Dr. G is personable professional and knowledgeable. I feel he is very present and thoughtful during our telemed sessions. I am very happy with my care.
    May 06, 2021
    Excellence defined.