Dr. Michael Rafii, MD

Dr. Michael Rafii, MD

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Dr. Michael Rafii, MD is a neurology doctor who practices in San Diego, CA. He has been practicing for 15 years. Read his story

4510 Executive Dr

San Diego, CA 92121

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • MultiPlan

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more than 89% of peers
Brain Disorders
more than 86% of peers
Alzheimer's Disease
more than 81% of peers

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Dr. Rafii's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Rafii "Michael Rafii, MD, PhD, is a board-certified neurologist and director of the Adult Down Syndrome Clinic at UC San Diego. As an associate professor in the UC San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Rafii leads multiple research programs studying the link between Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome. Dr. Rafii previously served as director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at UC San Diego Health, medical director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) and director of the UC San Diego Neurology Residency Program. His book, First Aid for the Neurology Boards, now in its second edition, is one of the most widely used books in preparation for the Neurology board examination. He completed a fellowship in dementia and cognitive disorders at UC San Diego. He completed his neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was chief resident. He received his medical and doctorate degrees from Brown University School of Medicine and conducted neurogenetics research at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rafii is board-certified in neurology. He serves on the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and is co-editor of the textbook Common Pathogenic Mechanisms between Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease: Steps toward Therapy. Dr. Rafii received the Star Award from the Down Syndrome Association of San Diego for his efforts to improve the lives of people with this condition. In addition, Dr. Rafii holds a joint appointment at the University of Southern California."


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  • Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

Conditions Treated

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dementia
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Thrombosis
  • Tremor
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo


  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Brown Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 2002

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Rafii has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Rafii's Reviews

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Dr. Rafii's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
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Dr. Rafii accepts 5 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna 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
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Rafii has admitting privileges

UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest
200 W Arbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92103
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