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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

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

Centers/Institutes/Programs

  • Movement Disorders Surgery Center

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