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William R. Shankle, MS, MD, FACP

Neurologist located in Newport Beach, CA

About William Shankle, MS, MD, FACP


Throughout his extensive career, board-certified neurologist William Shankle, MS, MD, FACP, has been regarded as a leading expert in the management and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related neurological degenerative conditions. As the founder of Shankle Clinic in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Shankle uses his extensive experience to provide exceptional care for patients from near and far. 

Dr. Shankle attended undergrad at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in biology. He continued to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he completed medical school. 

He pursued an internship in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and then completed his residency in neurology at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. Dr. Shankle also trained as a statistician at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and completed further postgraduate studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

After co-founding the Alzheimer’s Research Center at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Shankle served as Clinical Director for ten years. He also served as Director of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Program at Hoag Neurosciences Institute.

Dr. Shankle has taken part in many research endeavors and has received numerous awards, including the Zenith Fellows Award from the Alzheimer’s Association. The New York Times has also recognized Dr. Shankle’s investigations on human brain development, reporting on his research as among the most important scientific discoveries of the 1990s.

Insurance Coverage

Medicare Our office accepts Medicare, which means that we accept the Medicare fee schedule. Medicare usually pays 80% of their allowed fee. The patient is responsible for any remaining allowed amount including their deductible. If you are covered by a secondary insurance carrier, we will submit a claim to them after Medicare has processed the claim. PPO / Private Insurances We are "out of network"/"non-participating" for most PPO or private insurances. Insurance companies typically reimburse "out of network"/"non-participating" providers at a lower rate. The patient is responsible for the difference between the billed amount and the amount that is paid by the insurance carrier. *We recommend that you check with your insurance carrier about your individual coverage. HMO's We are not a provider for any HMO and do not accept any HMO insurances. If you wish to see our physicians you will be considered a cash patient and will be responsible for the entire visit including any testing.

Blue Cross
Hoag Affiliated