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Blair Ford, MD

  • Professor of Neurology at CUMC
  • Director, Movement Disorders Surgery Center
Blair Ford, MD

Dr. Ford is a clinician, medical educator and clinical-investigator whose practice and research focuses on Parkinson's disease and movement disorders, including tremor, dystonia, Tourette syndrome, myoclonus, ataxia and chorea. His primary clinical work and research involves neurosurgical treatment using deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease, tremor and dystonia. He serves as Medical Director for the Center for Movement Disorder Surgery in the Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at Columbia University.

As an educator, Dr. Ford is the director of Columbia's Neurology Residency Program. As neurology clerkship director at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, he won several teaching awards, including the Bohmfalk Award, the medical school highest recognition for excellence in clinical teaching.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and a member of the American Neurological Association, Dr. Ford has contributed over 100 original articles, reviews, and book chapters to the literature. Dr. Ford has lectured extensively on topics ranging from deep brain stimulation to medical education. He has reviewed articles for Archives of Neurology, Movement Disorders, Neurology and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Ford serves as Scientific Editor for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and has been listed as one of America's Best Doctors since 2002.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Movement Disorders

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
  • Internal Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Movement Disorder
  • Tremor

Languages Spoken

(in addition to English)

  • French

Education & Training

  • McGill University Faculty of Medicine
  • Residency: Rhode Island Hospital
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Locations

  • Neurological Institute of New York

    710 West 168th Street
    Suite: 350
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone:
    (212) 305-0549
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-0549
    Fax:
    (212) 305-1304

Centers/Institutes/Programs

  • Movement Disorders Surgery Center

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • AARP [Medicare Managed Care]
  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Access (Exchange), Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Blue Shield [New Jersey]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Indemnity, Medicare (Mediblue), Medicare Managed Care, NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Traditional Medicare (NY)]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • POMCO [POMCO]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [SelectHealth]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-5537

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Director, Neurology Residency Program

Research Interests

  • Parkinson's disease and movement disorders
  • Neurosurgical treatment using deep brain stimulati

NIH Grants

  • A LONG-TERM FOLLOW-UP STUDY OF THE PATIENTS WHO UNDERWENT BILATERAL STIMULATION OF THE SUBTHALAMIC NUCLEUS (STN) USING THE LIBRA/LIBRAXP DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION SYSTEM AS AND ADJUNCTIVE TREATMENT (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    Aug 14 2013 - Aug 14 2018

    A PHASE 1/2 TRIAL ASSESSING THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF BILATERIAL INTRAPUTAMINAL AND INTERNIGRAL ADMIN OF CERE 120 (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    Nov 17 2010 - Nov 17 2015

    CLINICAL EVALUATION OF THE ANS TOTALLY IMPLANTABLE DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION SYSTEM FOR THE SUPRESSION OF TREMOR IN THE (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    Oct 13 2005 - Aug 31 2011

    HARLEM HOSPITAL AFFILIATION CONTRACT - GENERAL (NY Local Gov)

    Jul 1 2005 - Jun 30 2008