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.

Clinics I work with

Movement Disorders Clinic

Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building

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

My reviews


Overall Experience
108 Reviews
Dr. Zuzuarregui was exceptional in having reviewed my records spending considerable time discussing my condition with me and providing advice on alternative treatment options. I have the highest regard for his attentiveness and expertise.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
108 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
108 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
105 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
106 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
107 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
107 Reviews

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