Ryan Phelps, MD

Ryan was born in Mountain View, California, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his undergraduate education in community college, and ultimately graduated from UC Davis where he studied psychology with an emphasis on memory and child development. He then attended medical school at UCSF, where he was awarded funding to complete pediatric tumor research focused on medulloblastoma immunotherapies under the mentorship of Dr. Manish Aghi. Within the field of neurosurgery, he is particularly interested in pediatrics and global health. He is also passionate about teaching, and co-founded a company called Synaptiq Learning, which is an adaptive flashcard platform designed for medical education. Outside of medicine, he enjoys traveling with his partner, riding horses with his dad, dabbling in chess, and rock climbing.


Stanford University – Palo Alto, CA
Department of Neurosurgery
Resident Physician

University of California, San Francisco - School of Medicine – San Francisco, CA
M.D. with Distinction

University of California, Davis – Davis, CA
B.A. in Psychology with Highest Honors

Foothill College – Los Altos Hills, CA

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Honors & Awards:

  • 2022: MD with Distinction
  • 2021: School of Medicine Dean’s Yearlong Fellowship


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