Dr. Ronald Ellis, MD

Dr. Ronald Ellis, MD

Neurology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 58
Dr. Ronald Ellis, MD is a neurology specialist in San Diego, CA and has been practicing for 28 years. He graduated from Boston University School Of Medicine in 1990 and specializes in neurology.Read his story

200 W Arbor Dr

San Diego, CA 92103

Contact Information

(619) 543-6222

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Brain Disorders
more than 74% of peers
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
more than 58% of peers
more than 50% of peers

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Dr. Ellis' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Ellis "Ronald J. Ellis, MD, PhD, is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in adult neurological diagnosis and treatment for patients with HIV or AIDS. He is the only specialist in the neurology of HIV/AIDS in the San Diego area and also receives referrals from throughout California. Both his clinical work and research focus on the neurological manifestations of HIV infection and their pathogenesis and treatment, particularly dementia, neurocognitive disorders and sensory polyneuropathy. In addition to these diagnoses specifically related to HIV, Dr. Ellis provides care for a variety of other neurological conditions in which the presence of HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy can substantially influence best practices. These include stroke, epilepsy, and movement disorders. As an example, antiepileptic medications that may be safely used among HIV negative individuals can be a poor choice for HIV infected individuals based on interactions with antiretroviral and other commonly used concomitant medications. In addition, a variety of neurological conditions become increasingly prevalent as people with HIV get older. As a professor in the Department of Neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Ellis trains medical students, residents and fellows. He supervises neurologists who care for patients during hospital stays. He conducts a variety of industry- and NIH-supported clinical trials. These trials are designed to evaluate the efficacy of new treatments for HIV neurocognitive disorders and dementia, such as tesamorelin, and for HIV-associated, painful distal sensory polyneuropathy, such as pregabalin. Dr. Ellis is associate director of the NIMH-funded P03 HIV Neurobehavioral Research Programs (HNRP) and principal investigator of its Neuromedical Core. He also serves as co-director of the multicenter CNS HIV AntiRetroviral Therapy Effects Research (CHARTER) study and the Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center (TMARC) at UC San Diego. TMARC comprises an integrated program of human clinical, neuroimaging, laboratory and animal model investigations being conducted at UC San Diego, the Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and the Scripps Research Institute.Dr. Ellis completed his residency and fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine and interned at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He earned his medical degree and PhD from Boston University School of Medicine. He is board-certified in neurology.He has held leadership positions in many NIH-funded clinical trials networks, including the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). He is frequently consulted by the National Institutes of Health to serve on advisory boards, grant review committees, and other expert bodies. He reviews manuscripts for more than a dozen clinical and basic science journals including the Annals of Neurology, JAMA, Neurology, Neuroscience Letters, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Journal of Infectious Diseases, and AIDS. Dr. Ellis continues to make significant contributions to international research on HIV neurology, serving as a co-investigator or consultant on projects in Brazil, Romania, Cameroon, Nigeria and India. He serves as a grant reviewer for the NIH and for multiple national and international research funding organizations."
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1  Specialties

  • Neurology

1  Board Certifications

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

61  Conditions Treated

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3  Procedures

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.


  • Boston University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Uc San Diego, School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Uc San Diego, School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Ellis has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Ellis' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ellis to family and friends
3 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (3)

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Dr. Ellis' 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

    31 to 45 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

Dr Ellis came highly recommend from my primary care Dr. I don’t think anyone should bother wasting their time with him as he’s checked out and unplugged. When you need a highly specialized neurologist don’t see him. I found more information from the internet as he was useless and just a waste of...more
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My partner was a patient of dr Ellis. He was rude, demeaning and demonstrated unprofessional conduct throughout the appt. said that he had “actual patients” that needed to be seen. His level of negligence and substandard care became more evident in follow up conversations. He eventually...more
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Was under his care for 8 years for Idiopathic progressive polyneuropathy, Radicular syndrome/lower limbs & Epilepsy/Seizures. He was OK at first, only spent 5-6 min on EVERY appointment. After years of mediocre appointments, I had issues I needed his help with. One medical & another was for help...more
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