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Kiran T. Thakur, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology
Kiran T. Thakur, MD

Dr. Kiran Thakur cares for inpatients with neurological conditions at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is an expert in neuroinfectious diseases and neuroimmunology, and works globally treating patients and performing clinical research.

Dr. Thakur completed post-doctoral fellowship training in neuroinfectious diseases and neuroimmunology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her neurology residency training was at the Harvard Neurology Residency Program of Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital, where she served as chief resident. She completed internal medicine training in the Osler Housestaff training program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Thakur’s research focuses on clinical and translational studies in neuroinfectious diseases. She is involved in scientific and public health efforts around the Zika virus outbreak. Additionally, she serves as a consultant for the World Health Organization. Her clinical areas of expertise include neuroinfectious diseases, neuroimmunology, and community and global health. 

Dr. Thakur is a co-investigator of the NIH-funded study evaluating the optimal antituberculosis medication regimen to improve tuberculous meningitis outcomes in children, and is the principal investigator of a study evaluating the feasability of an intervention to improve outcomes in survivors of cerebral malaria in Malawi, Africa. Dr. Thakur serves on the neurology collaborative science group of the AIDS clinical trials group. She is also co-president of the applied research group in neuroinfectious diseases of the World Federation of Neurology, and performs epidemiological studies with the World Health Organization. Dr. Thakur received her science of clinical investigation certification from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2014 and is currently receiving her Masters in Science in clinical trials through the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Critical Care and Hospitalist Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Neurology

Areas of Expertise

  • Hospitalist
  • Central Nervous System Infection
  • Global Health
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Tropical Diseases
  • HIV Related Diseases
  • Transplant Related Infections
  • Travel Related Infections
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Neurosarcoid
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Education & Training

  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Osler Medical Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Residency: Brigham & Women's Hospital - Harvard Medical School
  • Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital


  • Neurological Institute of New York

    710 West 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032
  • Milstein Hospital Building

    177 Fort Washington Avenue
    New York, NY 10032
    (646) 426-3876

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]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [HMO, Medicare Managed Care, 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]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

This provider does not accept new patients

Contact Phone Number: (212) 305-7236

Global Health Countries

  • Malaysia
  • Malawi
  • India

Global Health Activities

Dr. Thakur performs clinical research globally in Africa,  Southeast Asia and the Caribbean on neuroinfectious diseases. She additionally serves as a neurology consultant in these regions.

Research Interests

  • CNS infections
  • Tuberculous meningitis
  • Cerebral malaria
  • Global epidemiological studies on neurological diseases

NIH Grants


    Sep 1 2015 - Aug 31 2017


    May 15 2017 - Jun 30 2017


    Jan 5 2017 - Feb 28 2017


    Jul 1 2015 - Jun 30 2016


    Mar 1 2016 - Mar 31 2016


    Aug 27 2015 - Dec 19 2015


Savic RM, Ruslami R, Hibma JE, Hesseling A, Ramachandran G, Ganiem AR, Swaminathan S, McIlleron H, Gupta A, Thakur K, van Crevel R, Aarnoutse R, Dooley KE. Pediatric tuberculous meningitis: model-based approach to determining optimal doses of the anti-tuberculosis drugs rifampin and levofloxacin for children. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2015 Aug 11.

Thakur KT, Lyons JL, Smith BR, Shinohara RT, Mateen FJ. Stroke in HIV-infected African Americans: a retrospective cohort study. J Neurovirol. 2015 Jul 9

Saylor D, Thakur K, Venkatesan A. Acute encephalitis in the immunocompromised individual. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2015;28(4):330-6

Hardy SJ, Benavides DR, Thakur KT, Probasco JC, Pardo CA. A longitudinally extensive myelopathy in a patient with AIDS. Pract Neurol. 2015 Jun 2

Thakur KT, Mateyo K, Hachaambwa L, et al. Lumbar puncture refusal in sub-Saharan Africa: a call for further understanding and intervention. Neurology 2015;84(19):1988-90.

Thakur KT, Zunt J. Approach to the International Traveler with Neurological Symptoms. Future Neurology 2015. In press.

Thakur KT, McArthur JC, Venkatesan A. CNS Infections in 2014: guns, germs, and will. Lancet Neurology 2015;14(1):20-2.

Sutter R, Kaplan PW, Cervenka MC, Thakur KT, Asemota AO, Venkatesan A, Geocadin RG. Electroencephalography for diagnosis and prognosis of acute encephalitis. Clin Neurophysiol. 2014 Nov 15.

Lyons JL, Thakur KT, Lee R, et al. Utility of measuring (1,3) β-D-glucan in cerebrospinal fluid for the diagnosis of fungal central nervous system infection. J Clin Microbiol. 2014;53(1):319-22

Mikita K, Thakur K, Anstey N, et al. Quantification of Plasmodium Falciparum histidine-rich protein 2 in the cerebrospinal fluid from cerebral malaria patients. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2014;91(3):486-92

Sweeney E, Thakur K, Lyons J, et al. Outcomes of IV-Tissue Plasminogen Activator for Acute Ischemic Stroke in HIV-Infected Adults. European Journal of Neurology 2014.

Nelson G, Fermo O, Thakur K, et al. Resolution of a fungal mycotic aneurysm after a contaminated steroid injection: a case report. BMC Research Notes 2014;7:327

Fugate JE, Lyons JL, Thakur KT, et al. Infectious causes of stroke-a review. Lancet Infectious Diseases 2014. S1473-3099(14);70755-8

Thakur K, Probasco JC, Hocker SE, et al. Ketogenic Diet for Adults in Super-Refractory Status Epilepticus. Neurology 2014;82(8):665-70

Berkowitz A, Thakur K. Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy Following Malaria: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Journal of Clinical Neurosciences 2014;21(4):704-6.

Kirsch H, Thakur K, Birbeck G. Central Nervous System infections in returning travelers. Current Infectious Disease Reports 2013.15(6):600-11

Litvintseva AP, Lindsley MD, Gade L, Smith R, Chiller T, Lyons JL, Thakur KT, Zhang SX, Grgurich DE, Kerkering TM, Brandt ME, Park BJ. Utility of (1-3)-β-D-glucan testing for diagnostics and monitoring response to treatment during the multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2013;58(5):622-30

Thakur K, Motta M, Asemota A, et al. Predictors of Outcome in Acute Encephalitis. Neurology 2013;81(9):793-800

Maynard BF, Bass C, Katanski C, Thakur K, Manoogian B, Leader M, Nichols R. Structure-Activity Relationships of FMRF-NH2 Peptides Demonstrate A Role for the Conserved C Terminus and Unique N-Terminal Extension in Modulating Cardiac Contractility. PLoS One 2013;8(9):e75502

Lyons J, Roos K, Marr K, Neumann H, Trivedi J, Kimbrough D, Steiner L, Thakur K, Harrison D, and Zhang S. Cerebrospinal fluid (1,3) β-D-glucan detection as an aid to diagnose iatrogenic fungal meningitis. J Clin Microbiol. 2013;51(4):1285-7

Thakur K, Westover BM. Cerebral infarction due to smoker’s polycythemia. BMJ Case Rep. 2011

Thakur K, Zunt J. Neurologic parasitic infections in immigrants and travelers. Semin Neuro. 2011;31(3):231-44

Thakur K, Ropper A. Transient global amnesia during a professional cello concert. J. Clin Neurosci. 2011;18(9):1260-1

Ropper A, Thakur K. Thoracoabdominal paralysis after walking in the brush. J Clin. Neurosci. 2010;17(12):1541, 1608

Franceschini MA, Radhakrishnan H, Thakur K, et al. The effect of different anesthetics on neurovascular coupling. Neuroimage 2010;51(4):1367-77

Ho D, Thakur K, Gorson K, et al. Influence of critical illness on axonal loss in Guillain-Barré syndrome. Muscle Nerve 2009;39(1):10-5

Mispelon M, Thakur K, Chinn L, et al. A nonpeptide provides insight into mechanisms that regulate Drosophila melanogaster heart contraction. Peptides 2003;24(10):1599-605

Book chapters/non-peer reviewed articles:
Thakur K. Re-emergence of measles in the United States: A warning to neurologists. World Neurology 2014.

Thakur K, Lawal T, Zunt J. Poliomyelitis. Medlink neurology 2015. In press.

Mallum C, Thakur K, Zunt J. Neurological complications of hepatitis viruses. Medlink neurology 2015. In press.

Nwazor E, Thakur K, Zunt J. Neuroschistosomiasis. Medlink neurology 2015. In press.

Thakur K, Sacktor N, Britton CB, Koppel BS. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Merritts Neurology 2014. In press.

Thakur K. Malaria. Neurobiology of Disease 2014. In press.

Lyons J, Tovar-y-Romo L, Thakur K, McArthur J, Haughey N. Neurobiology of Central Nervous System HIV infection. Neurobiology of Brain Disease 2014.

Creutzfeldt C, Thakur K, Zunt JR, HIV Clinical Manual: Headache in HIV. 2012

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