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Dr. Robert J. Santella graduated from the New York Medical College in 1970. He works in San Diego, CA and 2 other locations and specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology and General Practice. Dr. Santella is affiliated with Alvarado Hospital LLC and Sharp Memorial Hospital. He speaks English and Spanish.


  • New York Medical College; Graduated 1970

Insurances Accepted


Blue Cross



Health Net



Office Hours

Mon8:00am - 5:00pm
Tue8:00am - 5:00pm
Wed8:00am - 5:00pm
Thu8:00am - 5:00pm
Fri8:00am - 5:00pm


Office/outpatient visit new$75.00
Sports Physical$75.00

Patient Reviews

Overall Rating

After terrible experiences with several other primary care physicians the past few years, Dr. Santella has been a godsend. Maria and Jennifer in the office are fantastic too. Thanks so much, Dr. Santella!

Overall Rating

I've been a a patient of Dr Santella for quite a few years now and I am extremely grateful for the quality medical care I receive. I have, unfortunately, had to see many doctors in my life. If I could hold their attention for more than 10 seconds it was a miracle. Dr Santella, on the other hand, looks you in the eye and listens to your health complaints. He will then consult your medical record, which he always has in his hand when he sees you, and make a recommendation based on your specific condition and history. He then explains to you, in laymans terms, what is going on and why he is doing what he is doing. I do not call this patronizing. I call it being a good doctor. Dr Santella is very popular and has many patients. Sometimes he gets very busy. Even on his busiest days he will squeeze you in for an emergency. If you can see he is running his tail off please don't waste his precious time with chit-chat. Be pleasant and get to the point of your visit. Don't be offended if he spends less time with you than you would like. This goes a long way to not only making him a better doctor, but making you a better patient. One reviewer commented on his comments about being fat. I am struggling with weight issues as well and both he and I know I'm fat. If I have lost a few pounds since my last visit I get encouragement. If I have gained I get a warning. Is there something wrong with this? We all know being overweight leads to serious medical problems and if he needs to remind you of that from time to time then that is just the way it goes. You should expect nothing less from your doctor. This isn't 3rd grade where everyone wins the blue ribbon for trying. It's your life. The staff is quite simply amazing. From reception to the back room you are greeted with a genuine smile and made to feel welcome. After awhile, they may recognize your voice when you call, and say 'Hi Ken!' before you tell them who it is. This never ceases to put a smile on my face. Their professionalism, dedication and heartfelt compassion for their patients goes a long way to making this one of the best medical offices in the county. If you are accepted as as one of Dr Robert Santella's patients, you are in good hands and you should thank your lucky stars.

Overall Rating

Very great Dr. & wonderful, friendly staff. Knowledgeable, trustworthy and reliable, albeit a bit of an "out-dated" office decor, don't let the general, older feel of the place misguide you - Dr. Santella and his staff are just what you would expect out of a family practice. No funny business, hidden fees or extreme waiting when you visit. Make sure you have your appointment scheduled as walk-ins can be tricky with their hours of operation. I give this Dr. 5 stars for his expertise, kindness, knowledge and hiring a wonderful staff that is ready tol listen to your needs and in the business, "for you".

* Reviews have been sourced and collected through a mix of verified Doctible patients and other publicly available directories.

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