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James M. Noble, MD, MS

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology (in the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain) at CUMC
  • Director, Concussion and Sports-Related Head Injury Program
James M. Noble, MD, MS

Dr. Noble completed his undergraduate studies in math and chemistry at Vanderbilt University, followed by medical school at Emory University. His graduate medical training included internal medicine internship, neurology residency including chief resident in neurology, and neuroepidemiology and behavioral neurology fellowship, all at Columbia University Medical Center. Accordingly, he is board certified in neurology, behavioral neurology & neuropsychiatry, and public health.

Dr. Noble primarily sees patients with dementia but also leads Team Concussion, focusing on sports-related concussion care, and sees patients in a general neurology practice. Dr. Noble is fluent in Spanish and his comprehensive approach to care views the patient within the entire family dynamic, with particular focus on disadvantaged communities.

His professional leadership has been recognized by the American Academy of Neurology, which has selected him to the Emerging Leaders Forum. Dr. Noble is recognized as a leader in neurologic education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as its former clerkship director and a scholar in the Virginia Apgar Teaching Academy. Dr. Noble is also the president of Arts & Minds, a non-profit organization promoting well-being for dementia patients and their caregivers via art-centered experiences.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Noble’s research interests include health literacy, systemic inflammatory markers as contributors to stroke and dementia health disparities, the role of cognitively stimulating activities in dementia care, and sports-related concussion.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Aging and Dementia

Board Certifications

  • Neurology

Areas of Expertise

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Neurobehavioral Syndrome
  • Neurobehavioral Disorders
  • Concussion
  • Dementia
  • Behavioral Disorder
  • Memory Disorder

Languages Spoken

(in addition to English)

  • Spanish

Education & Training

  • Emory University School of Medicine
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Locations

  • Neurological Institute of New York

    710 West 168th Street
    Floor: 3
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-6939
    Fax:
    (212) 305-1145

Centers/Institutes/Programs

  • Concussion and Sports-Related Head Injury Program
  • Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center
  • Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Insurance Programs

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

  • 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]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), 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]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • 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 [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-6939

Past Positions

Assistant Attending Neurologist
Harlem Hospital Center
July 2008 - June 2011

Presentations

Platform/Oral Presentations

  • Williams O, Noble JM, Brust JCM. Stroke associated with cocaine abuse: no longer just a problem of the young. Presented (by JMN) at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, April 6, 2006 S54.005, part of S54: Uncommon Causes of Stroke.
  • *Williams O, Noble JM. “Hip-Hop” Stroke Education in Central Harlem Elementary Schools: Pilot Data from a Novel Intervention and Proposed Educational Model for Stroke Awareness Developed by the National Stroke Association (presented by OW for Prevention Strategies at the 2007 International Stroke Conference, February 7, 2007)
  • *Noble JM, Manly JJ, Schupf N, Mayeux R, Luchsinger JA. Possible disparate contribution of diabetes to cognitive impairment in elderly minorities. (presented by JMN to the World Federation of Neurology North American Regional Meeting Conference, Boston, MA, May 4, 2007)
  • *Noble JM. The Relationship between Stroke and Dementia: Is this a Bigger Problem among Blacks and Hispanics? 3rd Annual Treatment and Prevention of Stroke in Black and Hispanic Populations. Harlem Hospital Center, New York, NY. Director: Olajide Williams MD MS. Sponsor: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. November 20, 2009.
  • *Noble JM. “Strategies to Decrease Cerebrovascular Risk in Harlem” as part of the “Community based multidisciplinary interventions to prevent and treat Cognitive Impairment and its Co-morbidities”, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), January 28th and 29th, 2010, sponsored by by the Columbia Center for the Health of Urban Minorities (CHUM) and by the Irving Institute for Clinical Translational Research (IICTR); PI: Jose Luchsinger MD MPH
  • *Noble JM. Periodontitis and cognitive impairment: implications of markers of systemic inflammation. Grand Rounds, Department of Medicine, Mountainside Medical Center, Montclair, NJ. 5/6/2010
  • *Noble JM. Periodontitis: a potential risk for cognitive decline? Greater New York Dental Meeting. New York, NY 11/28/2010
  • *Gonzalez-Castellon M, Phillips M, Blum C, Goldberg M, Noble JM. Assessing the Efficiency of Learning the Neurologic Exam with a Visual Tracking Device Presented (by MGC) at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, March 20, 2013, S27.007, part of S27: Neurologic Education.
  • *Noble JM, Hedmann MG, Williams O. Teaching Children about Dementia: Pilot Findings from the Hip Hop Old S.C.H.O.O.L. (Seniors Can Have Optimal aging and Ongoing Longevity) Program. Presented by JMN at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Boston MA, July 15, 2013, as part of “Public Health and Psychosocial: Education, Training and Technological Applications”

Poster Presentations

  • September 2005 American Neurological Association 130th Annual Meeting, San Diego CA. *Noble JM, Williams O, Brust JCM. “Recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) for acute ischemic stroke amongst African-Americans in Central Harlem.” (P240)
  • May 2007 59th American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting 2007, Boston MA. *Noble JM, Scarmeas N, Honig L. “Challenges in dementia diagnosis in a multiethnic population.” (P05.086)
  • February 2008 International Stroke Conference, New Orleans LA. Williams O, Wowo B, Noble J, Brust J. “Insurance Coverage And Ambulance Use During Acute Stroke In A Low Income Inner City Population.” (P231)
  • April 2008 60th American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting Chicago, IL. *Noble J, Borrell LN, Papapanou PN, Elkind M, Scarmeas N, Wright C. “Association of the Periodontitis Pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis with Poor Memory: Analysis of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES-III)” [abstract]. (P04.079)
  • April 2009 61st American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting Seattle, WA *Noble J, Schupf N, Luchsinger J. “Relation of high sensitivity C-reactive protein with plasma amyloid beta”
  • July 2009. Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer Disease, Vienna. *Noble JM, Manly JJ, Schupf N, Tang MX, Mayeux R, Luchsinger JA. Relation of C-Reactive protein to cognitive impairment.
  • September 2010. 135th Meeting of the American Neurological Association, San Francisco. *Williams O, DeSorbo A, Noble JM. “Lifetime Acquired Stroke Knowledge in a High Risk Community: Parents Versus Children. (Abstract #119, Poster M-33)
  • October 2010. 7th World Stroke Congress, Seoul, South Korea. *Williams O, DeSorbo A, Noble JM. “Child Mediated Intervention To Increase Public Stroke Knowledge: Findings from the Hip Hop Stroke Program.“
  • March 2011. Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society. San Antonio, TX. Williams OA, Gerin W, DeSorbo AL, Noble JM. “A Novel Interventional Strategy to Improve Stroke Awareness: The Hip Hop Stroke Project.” (Abstract #775)
  • February 2012 International Stroke Conference, New Orleans LA. Williams O, DeSorbo A, Noble J. Hip Hop Stroke: Long-Term Retention of Stroke Knowledge Among Sixth Graders Living in a Low-Income Neighborhood. (Abstract #2476, Community/Risk Factors I)
  • February 2012 International Stroke Conference, New Orleans LA. Williams O, DeSorbo A, Noble J. Hip Hop Stroke: The Standalone Effect of Musical Cartoons on Stroke Knowledge of Fourth Grade Children Living in a Low-Income Neighborhood (Abstract #2478, Preventive Strategies II)
  • July 16, 2012 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Vancouver, BC. Noble JM, Kang MS, Honig LS. Arteriosclerosis and Alzheimer disease: A case-control pathologic study. Abstract P2-102
  • July 17, 2012 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Vancouver, BC. Noble JM, Scarmeas N, Celenti R, Elkind MSV, Wright CB, Schupf N, Papapanou PN. Serum antibodies to periodontal pathogens are associated with incident Alzheimer Disease. Abstract P3-131
  • July 17, 2012 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Vancouver, BC. Collins-Praino L, Scarmeas N, Manly J, Schupf N, Noble J, Provenzano F, Griffith E, DeCarli C, Mayeux R, Luchsinger J, Brickman A. White Matter Hyperintensities May Mediate the Relationship Between Inflammation and Cognition in an Elderly Cohort. Abstract P3-193
  • March 19, 2013 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. Wright B, Lewis L, Noble J, Vonsattel JP, Khandji A, Sommerville R, Wright C. Case Series: Eosinophilic Vasculitis Isolated to the Central Nervous System (P02.053) Neurology February 14, 2013 80: P02.053
  • October 2013 American Neurological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. *Shams T, Brickman A, Gossett J, Levine W, Noble J. Subtle post-concussion cognitive  impairment is common, under-recognized, and yet identifiable: Findings from The Concussion in Columbia University Sports Student  (ConCUSS) Study.

Conferences/Symposia

  • Co-Chair: Community based multidisciplinary interventions to prevent and treat Cognitive Impairment and its Co-morbidities”, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), January 28th and 29th, 2010, sponsored by by the Columbia Center for the Health of Urban Minorities (CHUM) and by the Irving Institute for Clinical Translational Research (IICTR); PI: Jose Luchsinger MD MPH January 2010: Strategies to decrease Cerebrovascular risk in Harlem
  • September 16, 2013—October 21, 2013. Co-Chair: “Sackler Brain Bench: Neuroscience of Sports: Your Brain in Action” at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.

Other Presentations:

  • *Noble JM and Williams O. Hip-Hop Stroke: Stumbling Before Success. 36th Annual Meeting of the New York State Society of Aging, Saratoga Springs NY, October 24, 2008
  • *Noble JM and Williams O. Hip-Hop Stroke: Empowering an Inner City Community to Identify and Prevent Stroke in the Elderly. Aging Concerns Unite Us Conference, New York State Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Albany NY, June 3, 2009

Community Service

  • President, Arts & Minds, Inc.

    Arts & Minds, Inc. is  a non-profit organization promoting well-being for dementia patients and their caregivers via art-centered experiences in Harlem.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 2009 to present: Neurology Clerkship Director, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2009-present: Lecturer, Neuroepidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health

Honors & Awards

  • 2012 Selection, Emerging Leaders Forum, American Academy of Neurology 
  • 2012 Virginia Apgar Teaching Academy Scholar, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2011 Stephen Q. Shafer Award for Humanism in Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center 
  • 2008 Anna C. Gelman Award for Excellence in Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University  

Research Interests

  • Health literacy
  • Alzheimer disease
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Dementia
  • Lewy Body Disease
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Vascular dementia
  • Post-concussion syndrome

Grants

NIA T35 AG044303-01: The BRAIN (Brief Research in Aging and Interdisciplinary Neurosciences) Project, as co-Principal Investigator

NIH-NIDCR R56 DE022568-01A1 Periodontal Exposure and Risk of Incident Dementia in the Washington Heights Inwood Columbia Aging Project (WHICAP-PERIoD)

NINDS R01 NS067443-01A1: RCT: Effect of Novel Intervention to Improve Stroke Symptom Recognition, as Co-Investigator

NIH Grants

  • STATEWIDE DISSEMINATION OF A SCHOOL-BASED PUBLIC STROKE EDUCATION INTERVENTION (Federal Gov)

    Mar 1 2016 - Feb 28 2021

    DOMINANTLY INHERITED ALZHEIMER (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2014 - Dec 31 2019

    DOMINANTLY INHERITED ALZHEIMER (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2014 - Dec 31 2019

    EPIDEMIOLOGY OF FAMILIAL LATE-ONSET ALZHEIMER S DISEASE (Federal Gov)

    Apr 15 2012 - Mar 31 2018

    CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN ALZHEIMER DISEASE (NYS) (NY State Gov)

    Jul 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017

    PERIODONTITIS EXPOSURE AND RISK OF INCIDENT DEMENTIA (Federal Gov)

    Sep 17 2013 - Aug 31 2016

    CENTER FOR STROKE DISAPARITIES SOLUTION, PROJECT III (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2012 - Aug 31 2016

    ASSESSING EFFICIENCY OF LEARNING THE NEUROLOGIC EXAM WITH A VISUAL TRACKING DEVICE (Private)

    Jan 1 2012 - Mar 31 2013

    ARTERIOSCLEROSIS AND ALZHEIMER"S IN A MULTIETHNIC GROUP OF A UTOPSY BRAINS (Private)

    Sep 1 2008 - Jun 30 2011

    HARLEM HOSPITAL AFFILIATION CONTRACT - GENERAL (NY Local Gov)

    Jul 1 2005 - Jun 30 2008