Dr. Santosh Kesari, MD

Dr. Santosh Kesari, MD

Neurology  |  
Male  |  
Age 46
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Dr. Santosh Kesari, MD is a neurology specialist in Santa Monica, CA and has been practicing for 14 years. He graduated from Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med in 1996 and specializes in neurology, oncology, and more.Read his story

2121 Santa Monica Blvd # Neuro-Oncology

Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP)
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Top Care Areas


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Brain Cancer
very high
more than 96% of peers
Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
very high
more than 94% of peers
Brain Disorders
more than 82% of peers

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Dr. Kesari's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kesari "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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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kesari "Personalized approaches for each patient"


  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric Neurological Oncology

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated



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.


  • Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
  • Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Ma Gen Hosp/Brigham and Womens Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Dana Faber Cancer Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kesari has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Telugu

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kesari's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kesari to family and friends
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Likelihood to Recommend (9)

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Dr. Kesari's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

Dr Kesari is a superior clinician researcher,and human being. He takes on patients who are facing dire obstacles in order to survive. My husband rudy Metzger is one of those people. He was given three months to live back in November of 2010. We are starting out eighth year under the care of...more
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Dr. Kesari and his entire team went above and beyond to personally take care of my mother. They fought for weeks to get her access to the best innovative treatment for her glioblastoma, after we were given little hope. Dr. Kesari gives patients his phone number, and he always responds right away on...more
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Had Glioblastoma removed in Dec. 2015 -- he's been my oncologist ever since -- I am doing well -- strong and healthy -- Dr. Kesari is very creative in his approach and also very caring -- he did testing to determine protein in my tumor so we could maximize my care -- currently using special vaccine...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...more
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