Dr. Brian Andrews, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 66

Dr. Andrews
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Brian T Andrews MD

45 Castro St Ste 421 San Francisco, CA 94114

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(415) 600-7760

Dr. Brian Andrews, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in San Francisco, CA and has over 41 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of California School of Medicine - San Francisco medical school in 1981. He is affiliated with medical facilities Mills-peninsula Medical Center and Novato Community Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Andrews to book an appointment.

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Affiliated with Mills-peninsula Medical Center Burlingame, a highly rated hospital.

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  • Explains Conditions Well
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Experience
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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Andrews' Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Andrews treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Andrews treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Andrews treats Low Back Pain more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Andrews treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Andrews performs Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy) more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Andrews performs this procedure more than 96% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy

Dr. Andrews' conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Andrews accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select-CA HMO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Chinese Community Health Plan (CCHP)
Cigna
Cigna HMO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

Dr. Andrews' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Andrews

4.3

Based on 24 ratings

5 Stars
79.16666666666667%
(19)
4 Stars
4.166666666666667%
(1)
3 Stars
0%
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2 Stars
0%
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1 Star
16.666666666666668%
(4)
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Most arrogant man I ever met Did cervical decompression on me that went bad , left me paralyzed, I was active and thriving before this procedure , never made any effort to explain what happened and lied on his post op report , that there were no complications One year out and paralyzed , he is in my thoughts everyday , can see his face and him telling me of the thousands of this procedure with no problems
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Jul 19, 2021
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Arrogant guy , told me easy surgery has done thousands in for one night ,3 week recoup , no talk about possible failure . My surgery failed , I’m paralyzed , been three months , this guy told me he would be checking most days on me , 2 months in facility, saw him a few times , no compassion , stuff happens but , this guys has no compassion, plenty more to story
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Oct 14, 2020
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Dr. Andrews is the all time best. I have such great respect for his judgment, in addition to his diagnostic abilities and expertise. Plus he is a kind individual. I have had three surgeries with him, neck and back, and am hoping he doesn't retire anytime soon. I pray also he is boning up on his cloning skills so he will always be around.....
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Mary B., San Rafael – Jan 21, 2020
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Dr. Andrews is an absolute saint. He has operated on me twice, first time 20+ years ago. Most recently, another neurosurgeon misdiagnosed me and was recommending an invasive procedure (fusing three vertebrae) and in the wrong area. Dr. Andrews did another microdiscectomy which fully resolved my issues. I would not let anybody else touch my neck/back. My only concern is how much longer he'll continue to practice. I could not recommend him more highly.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dean B – Nov 22, 2019
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It doesn't get better than Brian Andrews. Period.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Gail Moore in San Francisco, CA – Aug 16, 2019
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Have had 3 surgeries with Dr. Andrews and he has done all in a minimally invasive manner. The latest surgery, 2 other surgeons wanted to do a double fusion and he was able to do a minimally invasive approach that left me without any fusion and full mobility. I strongly recommend Dr. Andrews.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
9 people found this helpful
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Mike in Kentfield, CA – Jun 29, 2017
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Brian is atypical in his field as he is not fettered by an overriding ego-based state of consciousness as many of the neurosurgeons I encountered were in my journey. If you've got brain cancer and you need to find someone to cut your head open it's a daunting prospect. Dr. Brian Andrews is certainly at the top of his field, yet beyond his expert knowledge and mastery of technique is the simple fact that you can expect to be treated with compassion & openess at the fundamental level.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
9 people found this helpful
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JOHN DOE in Oakland, CA – Jan 10, 2017
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Has been my doctor since bad car accidents for 20 years ago.He is the best. Very conservative, kind, brilliant. He recently recommended my 5/6 and 6/7 discs be replaced due to constant pain and other modalities of healing did not work. I am almost 3 weeks out of surgery with no pain ! Dr. Andrews and all of his staff are professional and available to help at all times. I am so grateful to all of them!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
17 people found this helpful
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Emma Rawlings in Belvedere Ca. – Aug 02, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Brian Andrews, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in San Francisco, CA and has over 41 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

1987
University Of California-San Francisco
Residency Hospital
1982
University Of California-San Francisco
Internship Hospital
1981
University of California School of Medicine - San Francisco
Medical School

Awards

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What are Dr. Brian Andrews, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Andrews frequently treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), Low Back Pain, and Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Andrews treats.

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Dr. Andrews' office is located at 45 Castro St Ste 421, San Francisco, CA 94114. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Brian T Andrews MD

San Francisco Office45 Castro St Ste 421 San Francisco, CA 94114
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Andrews is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Mills-peninsula Medical Center

Burlingame, CA

81% Patient Experience Rating, 12% higher than the national average

25 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Novato Community Hospital

Novato, CA

78% Patient Experience Rating, 9% higher than the national average