Philip A. Starr


Developer of implantable brain devices

Dr. Philip Starr is a neurosurgeon with interests in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery; surgical treatment of movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease; and the physiology of the basal ganglia (brain neurons involved in vital functions, including motor control). He finds improving the quality of patients' lives to be the greatest reward in his specialty.

Starr earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in neurosurgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He completed a fellowship in surgery for movement disorders at Emory University Hospital.

Starr is a member of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

  • Education

    Harvard School of Medicine, 1989

  • Residencies

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Neurosurgery, 1995

  • Fellowships

    Emory University Hospital, Surgery for Movement Disorders, 1998

  • Board Certifications

    Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

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Our mission is to use advanced technology to restore patients with movement disorders to a full life.

Clinics I work with

Movement Disorders Clinic

Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building

1651 Fourth St., Suite 232
San Francisco, CA 94158

Neurosurgery Clinic

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

My reviews


Overall Experience
40 Reviews
Dr. Starr was absolutely fantastic. I might be having brain surgery and I went into my appointment very anxious. When I left I had complete faith in Dr. Starr and his knowledge of me and my situation. I would trust him to operate on me 100%. He was wonderful.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
40 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
40 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
39 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
40 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
40 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
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Decorative Caduceus

The Motor Network in Parkinson's Disease and Dystonia: Mechanisms of Therapy

Duration of 'on' stimulation time without dyskinesia in adaptive compared to standard open loop stimulation determined from the patients' motor diaries. The self-report motor diary is a validated method to capture this information...