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Nora Stella Vanegas-Arroyave, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology at CUMC
Nora Stella Vanegas-Arroyave, MD

Dr. Vanegas is a fellowship trained neurologist who specializes in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and the treatment of movement disorders including Parkinson's Disease, dystonia and essential tremor. She is commited to provide the best quality of care to her patients and counts with the support of a world-class multi-disciplinary team at Columbia University.

Dr. Vanegas is also a clinical investigator whose research involves clinical and translational areas of movement disorders, specifically the use of diffusion tensor imaging for the understanding of deep brain stimulation, patterns of visual exploration in patients with Parkinson disease and physiology of the basal ganglia. In addition, she has successfully mentored students from diverse levels and backgrounds in the development and execution of research projects.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Movement Disorders

Languages Spoken

(in addition to English)

  • Spanish

Education & Training

  • MD, University Antioquia Faculty of Medicine (Colombia)
  • Internship: Forest Hills Hospital
  • Residency: North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System
  • Fellowship: National Institutes of Health, MD

Research Interests

  • The use of tractography for the understanding of neuromodulation
  • Novel targets for Neuromodulation
  • Physiology of the basal ganglia
  • Parkinson's Disease biomarkers

NIH Grants


    Jul 1 2016 - Jun 30 2017


    Aug 1 2016 - May 31 2017


Vanegas N, Lauro P, Huang L, Hallett M, Horovitz SG, Zaghloul KA, Lungu C. Tractography patterns of STN DBS. Brain, April 2016. In press.

Vanegas N, Panyakaew P,  Lamichhane P, Shulman L, Hallett M. Possible Functional Moving Toes Syndrome. TOHM 2016. In press

Vanegas N, Zaghloul, Hallett M, Lungu C. Periodic leg movements during general anesthesia. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice 2016. In press.

Vanegas N, Park JE, Hallett M, Lungu C. A Woman with a Novel Mutation of THAP1 with a Prominent Response to Deep Brain Stimulation of the Globus Pallidus Internus. JAMA Neurology 2015, 72(11):1369.

Lauro P, Vanegas N, Lungu C, Taylor PA, Zaghloul KA, Saad ZS and Horovitz SG. DBSproc: An Open Source Process for DBS Electrode Localization and Tractographic Analysis. Human Brain Mapping 2016 Jan;37(1):422-33.

Vanegas N, Zaghloul KA. Deep Brain Stimulation for Substance Abuse. Review. Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports. 2015;2:72–79.

Yang, I, Vanegas N, Lungu CI, Zaghloul KA. Beta-Coupled High Frequency Activity and Beta-Locked Neuronal Spiking in the Subthalamic Nucleus of Parkinson’s Disease. J Neuroscience. Sept 17, 2014;34(38):12816 –12827