John Engstrom, MD

Title(s)Professor, Neurology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address505 Parnassus Avenue, #M798B
San Francisco CA 94117
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

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    University of California, San FranciscoResidency School of Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Dr. John Engstrom, a specialist in neuromuscular disorders, is director of neurology outpatient services and a neurologist at the UCSF Spine Center. In addition to treating patients, he studies new therapies for neurological complications of spine disease and peripheral nerve entrapment (a category of conditions involving compressed nerves).

    Engstrom earned a bachelor's degree in genetics at the University of California, Davis, followed by a medical degree at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed a medical residency in neurology at UCSF, where he served as chief resident, before joining the UCSF in 1988.

    Engstrom has received numerous awards, including the Betty Anker Fife Distinguished Chair in Neurology from UCSF, Visiting Professor of Neurologic Education at the Mayo Clinic and Outstanding Clinical Teacher for Neurology Residents from UCSF. He was also awarded the Distinguished Neurology Teacher of the Year Award by the American Neurological Association, and in 2021 he was honored with the B. Baker Lifetime Achievement in Neurologic Education, given by the American Academy of Neurology. He is director of the Neurology Residency Program at UCSF and an associate editor for Harrison's, an online resource for medical practice and research. He is vice chair of the Department of Neurology at UCSF.

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    1. Neuroglial stem cell-derived inflammatory pseudotumor (n-SCIPT): clinicopathologic characterization of a novel lesion of the lumbosacral spinal cord and nerve roots following intrathecal allogeneic stem cell intervention. Acta Neuropathol. 2019 12; 138(6):1103-1106. Sloan EA, Sampognaro PJ, Junn JC, Chin C, Jacques L, Ramachandran PS, DeRisi JL, Wilson MR, Kriegstein AR, Bollen AW, Solomon DA, Margeta M, Engstrom JW. PMID: 31659431; PMCID: PMC6858593.
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    2. Education Research: Neurology resident education: Trending skills, confidence, and professional preparation. Neurology. 2016 Mar 15; 86(11):e112-7. Jordan JT, Mayans D, Schneider L, Adams N, Khawaja AM, Engstrom J. PMID: 26976522; PMCID: PMC5573046.
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    3. Predicting success: What medical student measures predict resident performance in neurology? Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2015 Aug; 135:69-72. Burish MJ, Fredericks CA, Engstrom JW, Tateo VL, Josephson SA. PMID: 26038279.
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    4. Visualizing axon regeneration after peripheral nerve injury with magnetic resonance tractography. Neurology. 2014 Oct 07; 83(15):1382-4. Simon NG, Narvid J, Cage T, Banerjee S, Ralph JW, Engstrom JW, Kliot M, Chin C. PMID: 25186862; PMCID: PMC4189102.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    5. A comparison of ultrasonographic and electrophysiologic 'inching' in ulnar neuropathy at the elbow. Clin Neurophysiol. 2015 Feb; 126(2):391-8. Simon NG, Ralph JW, Poncelet AN, Engstrom JW, Chin C, Kliot M. PMID: 24962009.
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    6. Author response. Neurology. 2014 Apr 29; 82(17):1568. Dhand A, Engstrom J, Dhaliwal G. PMID: 24895747.
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    7. International electives in neurology training: a survey of US and Canadian program directors. Neurology. 2014 Jan 14; 82(2):119-25. Lyons JL, Coleman ME, Engstrom JW, Mateen FJ. PMID: 24319037; PMCID: PMC3897435.
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    8. How experienced community neurologists make diagnoses during clinical encounters. Neurology. 2013 Oct 15; 81(16):1460-6. Dhand A, Engstrom J, Dhaliwal G. PMID: 24049130.
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    9. Dual reinnervation of biceps muscle after side-to-side anastomosis of an intact median nerve and a damaged musculocutaneous nerve. J Neurosurg. 2013 Oct; 119(4):929-33. Cage TA, Simon NG, Bourque S, Noss R, Engstrom JW, Ralph JW, Kliot M. PMID: 23767892.
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    10. Education research: neurology training reassessed. The 2011 American Academy of Neurology Resident Survey results. Neurology. 2012 Oct 23; 79(17):1831-4. Johnson NE, Maas MB, Coleman M, Jozefowicz R, Engstrom J. PMID: 23091077; PMCID: PMC4098835.
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    11. Residency training: developing a program of quality and safety to train resident neurologists for the future. Neurology. 2012 Feb 21; 78(8):602-5. Josephson SA, Engstrom JW. PMID: 22351799.
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    12. Diagnosing ulnar neuropathy at the elbow using magnetic resonance neurography. Skeletal Radiol. 2012 Apr; 41(4):401-7. Keen NN, Chin CT, Engstrom JW, Saloner D, Steinbach LS. PMID: 21845447.
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    13. Teaching video NeuroImages: the breathing arm: respiratory brachial synkinesis. Neurology. 2010 Apr 20; 74(16):e69. Lam L, Engstrom J. PMID: 20404302; PMCID: PMC3462505.
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    14. Magnetic resonance neurography for the evaluation of peripheral nerve, brachial plexus, and nerve root disorders. J Neurosurg. 2010 Feb; 112(2):362-71. Du R, Auguste KI, Chin CT, Engstrom JW, Weinstein PR. PMID: 19663545.
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    15. Neurologic abnormalities in HTLV-I- and HTLV-II-infected individuals without overt myelopathy. Neurology. 2009 Sep 08; 73(10):781-9. Biswas HH, Engstrom JW, Kaidarova Z, Garratty G, Gibble JW, Newman BH, Smith JW, Ziman A, Fridey JL, Sacher RA, Murphy EL. PMID: 19738173; PMCID: PMC2739606.
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    16. T-cell lymphoproliferative disorder following mycophenolate treatment for myasthenia gravis. Muscle Nerve. 2009 Jun; 39(6):849-50. Dubal DB, Mueller S, Ruben BS, Engstrom JW, Josephson SA. PMID: 19358236.
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    17. Neurohospitalists: an emerging model for inpatient neurological care. Ann Neurol. 2008 Feb; 63(2):135-40. Josephson SA, Engstrom JW, Wachter RM. PMID: 18306369.
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    18. Toward implementation of a flexible neurology residency: position of the Neurology Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Ann Neurol. 2007 Jan; 61(1):7-8. Engstrom JW, Neurology Residency Review Committee. PMID: 17262849.
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    19. Magnetic resonance neurography in extraspinal sciatica. Arch Neurol. 2006 Oct; 63(10):1469-72. Lewis AM, Layzer R, Engstrom JW, Barbaro NM, Chin CT. PMID: 17030664.
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    20. Myasthenia gravis: diagnostic mimics. Semin Neurol. 2004 Jun; 24(2):141-7. Engstrom JW. PMID: 15257510.
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    21. Liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectrometric assay for the simultaneous determination of didanosine and stavudine in human plasma, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, alveolar cells, peripheral blood mononuclear cells, seminal plasma, cerebrospinal fluid and tonsil tissue. J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2004 Jan 05; 799(1):51-61. Huang Y, Zurlinden E, Lin E, Li X, Tokumoto J, Golden J, Murr A, Engstrom J, Conte J. PMID: 14659435.
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    22. Prevalence and clinical features of HTLV neurologic disease in the HTLV Outcomes Study. Neurology. 2003 Dec 09; 61(11):1588-94. Orland JR, Engstrom J, Fridey J, Sacher RA, Smith JW, Nass C, Garratty G, Newman B, Smith D, Wang B, Loughlin K, Murphy EL, HTLV Outcomes Study. PMID: 14663047.
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    23. Isolated brachialis wasting: an unusual presentation of neuralgic amyotrophy. Muscle Nerve. 2001 Dec; 24(12):1699-702. Watson BV, Rose-Innes A, Engstrom JW, Brown JD. PMID: 11745981.
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    24. Statistical motor unit number estimation: reproducibility and sources of error in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Muscle Nerve. 2000 Feb; 23(2):193-7. Olney RK, Yuen EC, Engstrom JW. PMID: 10639610.
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    25. Low back pain: an algorithmic approach to diagnosis and management. Geriatrics. 1998 Oct; 53(10):26-8, 33-6, 39-40 passim. Rose-Innes AP, Engstrom JW. PMID: 9791195.
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    26. Evaluation and treatment of orthostatic hypotension. Am Fam Physician. 1997 Oct 01; 56(5):1378-84. Engstrom JW, Aminoff MJ. PMID: 9337760.
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    27. Comparison of transthecal and subcutaneous single-injection digital block techniques. J Hand Surg Am. 1997 Sep; 22(5):901-5. Low CK, Vartany A, Engstrom JW, Poncelet A, Diao E. PMID: 9330152.
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    28. HTLV-associated myelopathy in a cohort of HTLV-I and HTLV-II-infected blood donors. The REDS investigators. Neurology. 1997 Feb; 48(2):315-20. Murphy EL, Fridey J, Smith JW, Engstrom J, Sacher RA, Miller K, Gibble J, Stevens J, Thomson R, Hansma D, Kaplan J, Khabbaz R, Nemo G. PMID: 9040713.
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    29. Future role of neurologists. West J Med. 1994 Sep; 161(3):331-4. Engstrom JW, Hauser SL. PMID: 7975577; PMCID: PMC1011420.
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    30. HTLV-II associated myelopathy in 43-year-old woman. REDS Investigators. Lancet. 1993 Mar 20; 341(8847):757-8. Murphy EL, Engstrom JW, Miller K, Sacher RA, Busch MP, Hollingsworth CG. PMID: 8095653.
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    31. Idiopathic, progressive mononeuropathy in young people. Arch Neurol. 1993 Jan; 50(1):20-3. Engstrom JW, Layzer RB, Olney RK, Edwards MB. PMID: 8418796.
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    32. Quantitative motor unit analysis: the effect of sample size. Muscle Nerve. 1992 Mar; 15(3):277-81. Engstrom JW, Olney RK. PMID: 1557075.
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    33. Trigeminal neuropathy: Gd-DTPA enhanced MR imaging. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1991 Jul-Aug; 15(4):605-11. Sevick RJ, Dillon WP, Engstrom J, Bergman WG, Harnsberger HR. PMID: 2061476.
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    34. Cerebral infarctions and transient neurologic deficits associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Am J Med. 1989 May; 86(5):528-32. Engstrom JW, Lowenstein DH, Bredesen DE. PMID: 2712060.
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    35. Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema after charcoal hemoperfusion. South Med J. 1985 May; 78(5):611-3. Engstrom JW, Young J, Rennie WA, Kennedy TP. PMID: 3992308.
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