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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
    131 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 10, 2023
    Dr Z is an outstanding physician.
    Nov 05, 2023
    This is part I REALLY wanted to express how we both feel. Dr. honestly one of the BEST Dr.'s I've EVER seen!!!!!! I am a caregiver to many people in my family and have gone to countless appointments with family members. Dr. Z. Is truly Incredible!!!! He has the best "bed-side-manner"!!!! There is absolutely NO arrogance!!!!! He really makes you feel like he really cares about you!!!!! I really wish that I knew what we could do to let more people know how much we appreciate him and the care that he Is giving to my husband!!!!!!
    Oct 16, 2023
    Great guy!
    Oct 15, 2023
    Visit was part of a study. No treatment is involved.
    Sep 22, 2023
    Dr. Zuzuarregui is an excellent doctor. He is knowledgeable caring attentive polite understanding honest flexible has a good sense of humor and many other qualities that make him an excellent doctor.
    Sep 17, 2023
    Dr Z is attentive and clear. He's very personable.
    Aug 11, 2023
    I am very happy with my doctor . He is easy to talk to and is very compassionate.
    Aug 06, 2023
    Dr Z is the BEST!!!!
    Aug 04, 2023
    He was so patient and comfortable to be with
    Jul 10, 2023
    Very comfortable and has knowledge and his kindness.
    Jul 09, 2023
    Dr Z is wonderful. He listens explains genuinely cares has great bedside manner.
    Jul 08, 2023
    He has literally given me a new life!
    May 19, 2023
    Dr. Z is always very accommodating and shows compassion understanding care and patience for his patients. He is knowledgeable friendly professional has great listening skills and genuinely cares for his patients.
    May 07, 2023
    This care provider has been has consistently been excellent during the time I have been treated by this physician.
    Apr 14, 2023
    Dr. Z is a very personable and responsive physician. He listens very well and has excellent suggestions for further consultation.
    Mar 29, 2023
    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!

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