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Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD
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Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD

(310) 315-6125
Primary Specialties
  • Neurology
  • Neuro-Oncology
Medical Groups & Affiliations
  • Hoag Affiliated Physicians
  • Providence
  • Saint John's Physician Partners
  • St. Jude Affiliated Physician
  • St. Jude Affiliated Physicians
  • St. Jude Heritage Medical Group
  • Additional Languages Spoken

Primary Office

John Wayne Cancer Center
2121 Santa Monica Boulevard
Garden Level
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 315-6125
(310) 582-7287

Secondary Office

One Hoag Drive
1 Hoag Drive
Building 47
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 764-6385
(949) 764-1882

Third Office

Saint John's Physician Partners
2151 North Harbor Boulevard
Suite 1500
Fullerton, CA 92835
(714) 446-5830
(714) 992-3037

Physician Bio

Santosh Kesari, M.D., Ph.D., is a board-certified neurologist and neuro-oncologist. He serves as director of neuro-oncology at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and chair of the Department of Translational Neuro-oncology and Neurotherapeutics at John Wayne Cancer Institute. A physician and scientist, Dr. Kesari specializes in personalized medicine for patients with malignant brain tumors. His experience in precision therapeutic strategies targets brain tumors at the molecular level to eliminate the disease. Dr. Kesari’s research efforts have focused on cancer stem cells, their role in the formation of brain tumors and their resistance to treatment. His goal is to advance neurological medicine by developing targeted drugs to eradicate brain tumors. He has more than 200 publications, including original articles, reviews, editorials, books and clinical communications. Dr. Kesari has received countless awards and recognition throughout his medical career, and he was named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly.

Areas of Expertise



  • Internship:
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - 2000
  • Medical School:
    University of Pennsylvania - 1999
  • Fellowship:
    Massachusetts General Hospital - 2006
  • Residency:
    Brigham & Women's Hospital - 2003
  • Board Certified in Neurology

Areas of Expertise

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