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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

Locations

  • Neurological Institute of New York

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

    177 Fort Washington Avenue
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone:
    (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.

  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Medicare [Traditional Medicare (NY)]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • POMCO [POMCO]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [SelectHealth]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

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

  • FEASIBILITY OF AN INTERVENTION TO IMPROVE NEUROREHABILITATION IN PEDIATRIC SURVIVORS OF CEREBRAL MALARIA IN MALAWI (Private)

    Sep 1 2015 - Aug 31 2017

    GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME IN THE CONTEXT OF ZIKA SYNDROME (Private)

    Jan 5 2017 - Feb 28 2017

    INNOVATIVE PK/PD APPROACHES TO OPTIMIZE TBM TREATMENT IN CHILDREN (PATCH STUDY) (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2015 - Jun 30 2016

    SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS ON GUILLAIN-BARR SYNDROME (Private)

    Mar 1 2016 - Mar 31 2016

    ICD-11 CHAPTER ON DISEASES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEMS (Private)

    Aug 27 2015 - Dec 19 2015