Biography & Education

Biography
My goal is to provide advanced and compassionate care for patients with brain and spine pathology. I will provide neurosurgical consultation to patients for the entire western Washington region.
Specialties
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
Education Background
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Residency: STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Fellowship: Stanford
Languages
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Care Locations

Cranial, Spine and Joint Clinic
Colby Campus
1717 13th St., Suite 401
Everett 98201
Cranial, Spine and Joint Clinic
Providence Medical Building Monroe
19200 North Kelsey
Monroe 98272
Providence Everett
1321Colby
Everett 98206
Accepting New Patients

Specialties

Specialties
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Aneurysms (Brain/Cerebral)
  • Arteriovenous Malformations
  • Cerebrovascular Diseases
  • Cervical Spine Problems/Proc.
  • Tumors (Spine and Cranial)

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.5 out of 5 (71 Ratings, 27 Comments)

100

07/26/2015
The Dr always had enough time for my issues and questions.
Swedish Patient
100

07/21/2015
Dr. Santarelli and the office staff are wonderful. I would recommend them to a friend.
Swedish Patient
100

07/18/2015
Dr. Santarelli is a thoughtful, brilliant, gifted surgeon who I trust completely.
Swedish Patient
70

05/17/2015
The problem I had was I had been treated in the emergency room and was to see this specialist within three days. I phoned everyday and was told the doctor had not looked at the tests and they would try to get them to do it the day I would phone. I was very nervous about the tests results [...] . I was not seen for a week and waiting was hard. They could at least have said it was not urgent,then fit me in when they could.
Swedish Patient
100

05/03/2015
Dr Santarelli was the best dr I have ever had. He took the necessary time to explain everything. His office staff were the finest ever.
Swedish Patient
100

04/08/2015
I don't have any negative comments about the provider. [...] I thought Dr. Santarelli was very knowledgeable and explained all options available. He took his time and repeated information as needed. Dr. Santarelli answered all the questions I had. His medical assistant was wonderful and warm.
Swedish Patient
 

04/02/2015
It seemed as if this Dr was scripted as to what he should say. He just kept repeating the same statement. He did not listen to me and kept interrupting me. I left with no more information than I had when I came. I was crying and he was smiling which I found to be rude. Obviously he has no empathy or caring.
Swedish Patient
60

04/01/2015
Dr. said he wanted to consult with his colleague because he wasn't 100% certain "which" surgery would be best and that he would have an answer for me within the week. It is now 12 days later and I still have no answer from him. I DO appreciate his interest in consulting with others but if his schedule is so hectic, he should not be advising patients of such an early response. I've been dealing with this issue since last September and was looking forward to seeing a bright light at the end of the tunnel so am quite disappointed at this time.
Swedish Patient
100

03/25/2015
Very good dr. easy to understand.
Swedish Patient
70

03/19/2015
The provider is a very knowledgeable Doctor and Surgeon, however, at times the provider can be unempathetic to the patients concerns. For example, if I have a list of post-surgical symptoms that I am experiencing, and would like answers to why I may be experiencing them, and how long I should expect to experience them, the provider tends to minimize the concerns and not provide an answer as to why I may be experiencing them. The provider doesn't seem to handle a patient that has done their research on their condition, and would like to share the examples of what they found, and ask questions about the information. Overall, I realize that not all Surgeons can be great at surgery and also great with the empathy that is needed to care for people, it would be nice to have a little more courtesy given when I have concerns about a procedure that I am having done, or the recovery process.
Swedish Patient
100

02/27/2015
There was a follow up test recommended and possible surgical procedure (two different possibilities) It would have been helpful to have a printed handout about the procedures and exactly what is involved to help make decisions and to decide on the timing.
Swedish Patient
100

02/18/2015
very friendly receptionist. Doctor really cares about her patience, is very clear at what she is saying and makes sure you understand. Is good listener. Does her job well
Swedish Patient
100

02/18/2015
The scheduling of the pre-op exam was less than organized. I had to call twice to find out when the exam was to take place. [...] I feel that the office should have done this without my having to ask.
Swedish Patient
100

02/15/2015
Dr Santarelli and his staff are a courteous professional team. Being under their care gives me comfort. I have full confidence in them.
Swedish Patient
80

01/28/2015
Have to get another operation on lower back. I'm not satisfied with his answer!
Swedish Patient
100

01/14/2015
The dr.is a very compassionate dr.I would recommend him to every one!
Swedish Patient
100

01/13/2015
Excellent bed side manners along with a great surgeon!
Swedish Patient
100

12/30/2014
though there was an opening for surgery, this surgeon was also leaving town shortly thereafter on vacation…I chose to wait until he could be reachable after such a serious operation
Swedish Patient
80

12/30/2014
I waited more than 30 minutes to see the provider.
Swedish Patient
100

12/08/2014
Explained everything very well.
Swedish Patient
100

11/13/2014
Go through our medical records by asking the patient if it's OK to do so in front of escort before procedure (nurse).
Swedish Patient
 

10/21/2014
Dr Santerelli explained my condition , I had been referred to him for evaluation of possible stroke. He showed me the xrays and reassured me. I found him very calm and kind.
Swedish Patient
100

10/14/2014
I do not have any bad experience with this provider and he is one of the most appreciated health provider I've ever known in my entire life.
Swedish Patient
100

10/12/2014
Need a better clerical staff!
Swedish Patient
100

09/25/2014
Very sensitive & caring about my issues responded to my basic questions.
Swedish Patient
100

09/23/2014
The care at all of the Doctors with Western Washington Medical is outstanding
Swedish Patient
100

09/16/2014
Drs Santarelli and [...] saved my life. They both went the extra mile to save me [...]. Excellent effort.
Swedish Patient