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Welcome to the Department of Neurology

On behalf of the Department of Neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and The Neurological Institute of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, I welcome you to explore the exceptional patient care, education, and research programs offered throughout our department.

The prestigious Columbia University is among the oldest in the nation, and was among the first to establish a dedicated program in the neural sciences.  Similarly, The Neurological Institute of New York, established in 1909, was the first specialty hospital in the country devoted entirely to the study and treatment of nervous system disorders. Through an affiliation formed in 1921, these two landmark institutions form the foundation of the Department of Neurology's scholarly and clinical endeavors, continuing a long tradition of innovation and expertise in the field.

Today, the neurology and neurosurgery services at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center are ranked #2 in the nation, and the Department of Neurology is consistently ranked among the top 5 medical programs for NIH-funded research.  A recent academic research study cited this department as the top producer of academically active neurologists, as measured in both medical student and residency program graduates.  Indeed, our commitment to our tripartite mission of patient care, education, and research is stronger than ever.  Innovations in research and cutting-edge technologies continue to revolutionize the field and advances that were once inconceivable are now well within reach. We are closer than ever to providing real and lasting benefit to the many patients suffering with complex and often devastating neurological disorders.

Our extraordinary faculty of leading clinicians, scientific investigators, and teachers have galvanized behind the bold, new momentum that has been building around neuroscience, in both the public and private sectors. Together, we stand well poised to lead the next era of neurologic discovery ahead.  As a patient, a student, a scholar, or a supporter of a brighter future for those living with neurologic disease, we invite you to join us!
 

Richard P. Mayeux, MD, MSc
Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Epidemiology
Chair, Department of Neurology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 
Neurologist-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center 
Director, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center for Epidemiological Research 
Co-Director, Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain