Dr. Santosh Kesari, MD

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Neurology | Male

John Wayne Cancer Institute - Saint John's Health Center 2121 Santa Monica Blvd # Johnwaynecancerinstitute, Santa Monica, CA 90404 Get Directions

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Dr. Santosh Kesari is a board-certified neurologist and neuro-oncologist and is currently Chair, Department of Translational Neuro-Oncology and Neurotherapeutics, John...Read more

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Dr Kesari is one of the most caring doctors I have known. He really cares about his patients and really tries to find treatments to help them. He has been remarkably persistent in dealing with my insurance to get me approved for treatment that I need. He coordinates my care with some of my other doctors and they have even commented on how much he is trying to help caring he is. His staff is equally as nice and helpful. I'm honored to have Dr. Kesari as my doctor.
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Specialties

  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric Neurological Oncology

Board Certifications

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  • Neurology

Conditions Treated

Dr. Kesari says..

Neuro-Oncology, autoimmune neurological disorders

Advanced and metastatic cancers

general neurology

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  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chemotherapy Side Effects
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lyme Disease
  • Memory Disorders
  • Meningiomas
  • Migraine
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Neuropathy, Motor and Sensory
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinsonism
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Type Neurofibromatosis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Vasculitis

Procedures Performed

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Chemotherapy

Intrathecal chemotherapy

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  • Botox® Injection
  • Chemotherapy
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Neurological Testing
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

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    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med

    Graduated in 1996

  • Internship Hospital
    Beth Israel Deaconess Med Center

    Completed in 2000

  • Residency Hospital
    Ma Gen Hosp/Brigham and Womens Hospital

    Completed in 2003

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Dana Faber Cancer Institute

    Completed in 2004

  • Undergraduate School
    Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania

    Graduated in 1992

Awards & Recognition

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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Telugu

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  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Neurology
  • Board certified in Neurology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Kesari says...

Dr. Santosh Kesari is a board-certified neurologist and neuro-oncologist and is currently Chair, Department of Translational Neuro-Oncology and Neurotherapeutics, John Wayne Cancer Institute. He is also Director of Neuro-Oncology, Providence Saint John's Health Center and Member, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute. Dr. Kesari is ranked among the top 1% of neuro-oncologists and neurologists in the nation, according to Castle Connolly Medical Ltd and an internationally recognized scientist and clinician. He is a winner of an Innovation Award by the San Diego Business Journal. He is on the advisory board of American Brain Tumor Association, San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation, Chris Elliott Fund, Nicolas Conor Institute, Voices Against Brain Cancer, and Philippine Brain Tumor Alliance. He has been the author of over 250 scientific publications, reviews, or books. He is the inventor on several patents and patent applications, and founder and advisor to many cancer and neurosciences focused biotech startups.

Dr. Kesari has had a long-standing interest in cancer stem cells and studies their role in the formation of brain tumors and resistance to treatment. He believes that in order to cure patients with brain tumors we first need to gain a better molecular and biological understanding of the disease. A physician/scientist, Kesari harnesses his experience in surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy and novel devices to help develop Precision Therapeutic Strategies that will advance medicine to a new stage in the battle against brain tumors and eradicate the disease.

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Dr. Kesari's Care Philosophy

Personalized approaches for each patient

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Dr. Kesari says...

Neuro-Oncology, autoimmune neurological disorders

Advanced and metastatic cancers

general neurology

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Dr. Kesari says...

Chemotherapy

Intrathecal chemotherapy