Santosh Kesari, MD, Neurology, Santa Monica, CA, John Wayne Cancer Institute

SantoshKesariMDPhD, FANA, FAAN

Neurology Santa Monica, CA


John Wayne Cancer Institute

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    John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center
    2200 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90404
    Phone(310) 829-8265
    Fax(310) 582-7287
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  • Dr. Santosh Kesari is a board-certified neurologist and neuro-oncologist and is currently Chair, Department of Neurosciences and Neurotherapeutics, John Wayne Cancer Institute and Pacific Neuroscience 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 graduated from University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences in 1992 and earned a Ph.D. degree in molecular biology and a M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. He completed his residency in neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and his neuro-oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He was previously assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital and then professor of neurosciences at UC San Diego. He is a member of the Society of Neuro-Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Indian Society of Neuro-Oncology, American Neurological Association, and American Academy of Neurology. For information about Dr. Kesari's research, go to and

Education & Training

  • Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteFellowship, Cancer Biology, 2004 - 2006
  • Massachusetts Gen HospFellowship, 2003 - 2006
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/BWH/MGHFellowship, 2003 - 2004
  • Harvard School of Public HealthProgram, Clinical Effectiveness, 2004
  • Massachusetts General HospitalResidency, Neurology, 2000 - 2003
  • Harvard Medical SchoolFellowship, 2000 - 2003
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterInternship, Neurology Preliminary Year, 1999 - 2000
  • Harvard Medical SchoolFellowship, Medicine, 1999 - 2000
  • Perelman School of Medicine at the University of PennsylvaniaClass of 1999, MD
  • National Hospital for Neurology and NeurosurgeryExtern, 1999
  • University of Pennsylvania School of MedicinePh.D, Molecular Biology, 1993 - 1996
  • University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and SciencesBA, Biology and Mathematics, 1989
  • George Washington High SchoolHS, 1989

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2009 - 2021
  • MA State Medical License
    MA State Medical License 2001 - 2010
  • National Board of Physicians and Surgeons Neurology
  • United Council for Neurologic SubspecialtiesNeuro-Oncology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • America's Top Doctors Castle Connolly, 2012-2014
  • Top Doctors:San Diego Area Castle Connolly, 2013
  • America's Top Doctors for Cancer Castle Connolly, 2011-2013
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Fibroblasts as a Practical Alternative to Mesenchymal Stem Cells  
    Santosh Kesari, MD, BioMed Central
  • Pritumumab, the First Therapeutic Antibody for Glioma Patients  
    Santosh Kesari, MD, Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Use of dynamic susceptibility-contrast MRI (DSC-MRI) to assess perfusion changes in the ipsilateral brain parenchyma from glioblastoma.  
    Ulmer S, Liess C, Kesari S, Otto N, Straube T, Jansen O, Journal of Neuro-Oncology; 91(2):213-20
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Books/Book Chapters

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  • Conceptual and Clinical Progress in Neuro-Oncology. 
    Delhi, India
  • Chemotherapy in Low Grade Gliomas. 
    Delhi, India
  • Translational Studies in Brain Tumors. 
    Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Systems and Methods for Internal Organ Mico-imaging in situ using scanning fiber-optic microscopes. 
    Santosh Kesari, BWH
  • Small Molecule Microarrays and Methods for Making and Using them. 
    Shu Chein, Dayu Teng, Santosh Kesari, Pengfei Jiang, UCSD SD2011-024 (provisional patent 61/375,373, filed 8/20/10)
  • Diagnosing CNS Malignancies Using MicroRNA. 
    Anna M. Krichevsky, Brit Mollenhauer, Nadiya M Teplyuk, Santosh Kesari
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Press Mentions

  • How to Take Care of Yourself if You Have a Serious Health Condition During This Crisis
    How to Take Care of Yourself if You Have a Serious Health Condition During This CrisisApril 15th, 2020
  • Signs You May Have a Brain Tumor, According to Doctors
    Signs You May Have a Brain Tumor, According to DoctorsFebruary 25th, 2020
  • 20 Signs of Cancer Usually Ignored by Men
    20 Signs of Cancer Usually Ignored by MenJanuary 22nd, 2020
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Other Languages

  • Telugu

Hospital Affiliations