Dr. Rafael Santiago, MD

Pulmonary DiseaseMaleAge 68

Dr. Santiago
Accepting new patients

Med Center Cardiology Pllc

225 E Sonterra Blvd Ste 217 San Antonio, TX 78258

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(210) 481-3119

Dr. Rafael Santiago, MD is a Pulmonologist in San Antonio, TX and has over 43 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University Of Puerto Rico School Of Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus medical school in 1978. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Baptist Medical Center and Methodist Heart Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Santiago to book an appointment.

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Dr. Santiago is affiliated with Methodist Hospital Stone Oak San Antonio, a highly rated hospital.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
    Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
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Experience and Background Checks

Experience
Background

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Texas
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. Santiago's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Sleep Apnea
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Santiago treats Sleep Apnea more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Santiago treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Central Sleep Apnea
Sleep Study
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Santiago performs Sleep Study more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Santiago performs this procedure more than 98% of his peers

Wheezing
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Santiago treats Wheezing more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Santiago treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Santiago's conditions and procedures:

  • Acidosis
  • Alkalosis
  • Arterial Blood Gas Test (ABG)
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Breath Testing
  • Breathing Disorders
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchospasm
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cough
  • Emphysema
  • Empyema
  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
  • Goodpasture's Disease
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Low Blood Oxygen Level
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Lung Nodule
  • Metastatic Respiratory System Cancer
  • Mycobacterial Lung Infection
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumonitis (Due to Solids or Liquids)
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Procedures
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Respiratory Management
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep Study
  • Smoking Cessation Counseling
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracentesis
  • Valley Fever
  • Vascular Disease
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis
  • Wheezing

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Dr. Santiago accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
HealthKeepers Plus POS
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Advantage HMO
Blue Advantage PPO
Blue Card PPO
Blue Choice HMO
Blue Choice POS
Blue Plan 65 Medicare Supplement HMO
Blue Plan 65 Medicare Supplement PPO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care
Choice Care Network PPO
Choice Care PPO
Choice PPO
Freedom
Freedom HMO
Freedom PPO
Gold
Gold Choice
Gold HMO
Humana EPO
Humana HMO
Humana POS
Humana PPO
Medicare Advantage HMO
Preferred PPO
Tricare
Medicare
Special Needs Plan SNP
Molina Healthcare
Molina
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Principal Financial Group
UnitedHealthCare
Basic PPO
Choice
Choice Plus
Choice Plus EPO
Choice Plus HMO
Choice Plus POS
Choice Plus PPO
Commercial HMO
Fiserv
Golden Rule HMO
Golden Rule POS
Golden Rule PPO
Medicare Advantage HMO
Options EPO
Options POS
Options PPO
PacifiCare Texas
Secure Horizons
Select Plus EPO
Select Plus HMO
Select Plus POS
United Healthcare EPO
United Healthcare HMO
United Healthcare POS
United Healthcare PPO

Dr. Santiago's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Santiago

4.6

Based on 20 ratings

5 Stars
85%
(17)
4 Stars
0%
(0)
3 Stars
10%
(2)
2 Stars
0%
(0)
1 Star
5%
(1)
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What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (16)
  • Explained conditions well (16)
  • Listened & answered questions (16)
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment (2)
  • Appointment was rushed (1)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (1)
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He is the best! I will miss him when he retires!
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What could be improved
No results
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Doralee – Feb 27, 2020
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Dr. Santiago is good but he doesn’t have time for his patients. By this I mean his practice is growing and if you have to cancel and reschedule it may be a month or two later.
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Jan 03, 2020
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Dr. Santiago is the best, after many attempts and fails at getting my 80 y/o mother to quit smoking, he did it! Dr. Santiago laid out the facts, no sugar coating and said he would be happy to treat her either way, but he explained exactly what would happen if she kept on, (as did many other doctors) but Dr. Santiago really got through. She has now quit smoking after 60 + years and hopefully she'll be with us for many more. Thank you Dr. Santiago
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Dec 12, 2019
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Dr. Santiago is very thorough and very attentive. Highly recommend him to anyone needing to see a Dr. in his field.
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JVC – Nov 21, 2019
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Dr Santiago treats me for two things and I think he’s great. His assistants are very helpful anytime I have problems I have to
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
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Barbara Baugh – Sep 23, 2019
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Cannot rate him high enough with Robert.magnificent group.the most thorough.gteat
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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May 09, 2019
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Great Doctor, but his staff not friendly AT ALL!!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Mar 22, 2019
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Dr. Santiago is very thorough when evaluating your condition. He orders the necessary tests to confirm what he believes it to be. He spends a good deal of time with his patients and listens very carefully. I highly recommend Dr. Santiago for your pulmonary needs. His billing office sucks though. They do not follow through with what they say they are going to do.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Feeling Much Better Now in San Antonio, TX – Feb 03, 2019
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Very knowledgeable about possible treatment to help manage asthma better. Only had one visit and I think he is very good. I am impressed with his level of knowledge. Very professional.
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
  • Long wait times
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jones c in san antonio Texas – Jun 20, 2018
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One of most professional, caring and understanding Doctors I have seen. Dr. Santiago listened to my concerns, answered my questions, did not rush me in anyway and was very thorough with my examination. Without a doubt I would highly recommend Dr.Santago. The staff is also amazing, professional and extremely helpful.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Cibolo, TX – Feb 01, 2017
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Enjoyable visits, Dr. Santiago is very professional and always seems to be genuinely interested in patient's health.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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James J. Lohman in San Antonio, TX – Apr 20, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

As a doctor my primary goal is to provide my patients with caring and professional service in managing their pulmonary and sleep medicine needs.

Specialties

  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Sleep Medicine

Education

1985
Barnes Jewish Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
1981
Barnes Jewish Hospital
Residency Hospital
1979
Jewish Hosp-Wash U
Internship Hospital
1978
University Of Puerto Rico School Of Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus
Medical School
1974
Duquesne University
Undergraduate School
,

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dr. Rafael Santiago, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Rafael Santiago, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Santiago's profile to make an appointment.

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What are Dr. Rafael Santiago, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Santiago frequently treats Sleep Apnea, Sleep Study, and Wheezing. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Santiago treats.

Where is Dr. Rafael Santiago, MD's office located?

Dr. Santiago's office is located at 225 E Sonterra Blvd Ste 217, San Antonio, TX 78258. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Rafael Santiago, MD speak?

Dr. Santiago speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. Rafael Santiago, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Santiago has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

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Locations

Practice

Med Center Cardiology Pllc225 E Sonterra Blvd Ste 217 San Antonio, TX 78258
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Rafael M. Santiago M.d.1434 E Sonterra Blvd Ste 210 San Antonio, TX 78258
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Affiliated Hospitals

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

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Baptist Medical Center

San Antonio, TX

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received

Methodist Heart Hospital

San Antonio, TX

2 Awards Received

Methodist Hospital

San Antonio, TX

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

10 Awards Received

Methodist Hospital Stone Oak

San Antonio, TX

75% Patient Experience Rating, 6% higher than the national average

4 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)

North Central Baptist Hospital

San Antonio, TX

2 Awards Received

St. Lukes Baptist Hospital

San Antonio, TX

2 Awards Received