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Rafael Zuzuárregui


Lifelong athlete and avid sports fan

Rafael Zuzuárregui is a neurologist who cares for patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. He specializes in using deep brain stimulation (electrodes implanted in the brain to regulate abnormal activity) and botulinum toxin therapy (injections that can relieve muscle contractions). He is also interested in diagnosing and treating rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (a condition in which patients physically act out vivid dreams).

Zuzuárregui's research focuses on the overlap between movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, and sleep disorders. He is particularly interested in how deep brain stimulation can help improve sleep in patients with these disorders. He also studies issues related to medical education.

At Boston University School of Medicine, Zuzuárregui earned his medical degree; completed a residency in neurology, serving as chief resident; and completed a fellowship in movement disorders. He then completed a fellowship in sleep disorders at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

  • Education

    BUSM, MD, 2011

  • Residencies

    BUSM, Neurology, 2015

  • Fellowships

    BUSM, Movement Disorders, 2016

    Stanford Medicine, Sleep Disorders, 2017

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

I'm honored to be part of the movement disorders team. One of my goals is to use telemedicine to help patients in the Central Valley access our care.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    124 Ratings
    About our process
    Feb 28, 2023
    Dr. Z is an excellent compassionate doctor.
    Feb 24, 2023
    Dr Z is amazing!
    Dec 11, 2022
    Dr. Z is an extraordinarily empathetic and supportive doctor. He listens well and one never feels rushed in interacting with him.
    Nov 13, 2022
    Thanks Dr Z
    Nov 12, 2022
    Dr Z is simply The BEST.
    Nov 11, 2022
    Dr Z is a fabulous doctor. Professional knowledgeable and great patient communicator.
    Oct 28, 2022
    Actually outstanding is more appropriate to ratings
    Oct 14, 2022
    Very happy with Dr Z !
    Sep 30, 2022
    I am extremely confident in my doctor. His advice and follow up care is excellent.
    Aug 30, 2022
    We are most appreciative of the care we have received from Dr. Z!
    Aug 26, 2022
    Dr. Z. Is AMAZING I know how busy he is and he never makes us feel like we are rushed. AND he always seems to really care!!!!!!
    Aug 24, 2022
    I am very pleased with the service I have received.
    Aug 12, 2022
    Dr listened to my concerns and addressed them
    Aug 12, 2022
    My care provider was the best there ever could be she is the gold standard of UCSF care providers
    Aug 07, 2022
    I was not only impressed with Dr. Z's people skills but also his knowledge of relevant research
    Aug 05, 2022
    UCSF is simply as good as it gets
    Jul 16, 2022
    Dr. Z is simply the best.
    Apr 29, 2022
    Dr. Z is willing to put in the extra timeEffort it takes to move from an excellentDoctor to a phenomenal Doctor that canSkillfully treat the entire patient;. Mind bodyAnd spirit.
    Mar 20, 2022
    I've said it before and I'll say it again.....quite simply Dr. Z is the best physician I've ever had.
    Feb 09, 2022
    Again if 6 = OUTSTANDING were possible I would score Dr. Zuzuarregui all 6's!
    Jan 19, 2022
    Dr Z is an expert in his field !
    Jan 08, 2022
    Dr. Z is an exceptionally talented and open physician. He takes time to listen and doesn't jump to quick conclusions without asking for the patient's input. I always enjoy my interactions with him.
    Dec 18, 2021
    My provider put me at ease and was very easy to talk to about my Parkinson's diagnosis. I felt that he really cared about me.
    Jun 04, 2021
    Dr Z has the best doctor patient communication I have ever experienced.
    May 24, 2021
    Again long wait for short and inconclusive visit. But Dr. Z probably did the best anyone could for my condition.

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