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Kiran T. Thakur, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology
Kiran T. Thakur, MD

Dr. Kiran Thakur is an inpatient neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center, and is an active clinician taking care of patients admitted to the neurology service and on the consultative service. She has clinical expertise in neuroinfectious diseases and neuroimmunology. 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 serves a major teaching role as an inpatient neurologist, and is the recipient of the Lewis P. Rowland Teaching Award. In addition to her clinical work at CUMC, Dr. Thakur works internationally treating patients, educating trainees, and performing clinical research. Dr. Thakur’s research focuses on clinical and translational studies in neuroinfectious diseases and neuroimmunological conditions. She has been involved in scientific and public health efforts around the Zika virus outbreak, and has a specialized interest in emerging neurotropic infections. Additionally, she serves as a consultant for the World Health Organization. Her clinical areas of expertise include neuroinfectious diseases, neuroimmunology, emergency neurology, and community and global health. 

Dr. Thakur's research is funded by the NIH, World Federation of Neurology, and American Academy of Neurology. 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

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Insurance Programs

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  • 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]
  • POMCO [POMCO]
  • 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

Community Service

Dr. Thakur co-leads the Community and Global Neurology Program at Columbia University Medical Center.

Committees/Societies/Memberships

American Academy of Neurology

American Neurological Association

Infectious Disease Society of America

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

World Neurology Foundation

Global Health Countries

  • India
  • Dominican Republic
  • Chile
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia

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.

Global Health Activities

Emergency Neurological Life Support Symposium, Columbia Global Center, Santiago, Chile

Clinical research, Blantyre Malaria Project, Blantyre, Malawi

Clinical research, La Romana, Dominican Republic

Clinical research, Bihar, India and Dhaka, Bangladesh

Clinical research and Clinical Observor, Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Neurology Clerkship Director, Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia            

Neurology Consultant, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Blantyre, Malawi), Kamuzu Central Hospital (Lilongwe, Malawi)

Clinical research, Rakai, Uganda

Honors & Awards

Lewis P. Rowland Teaching Award, Department of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center, 2016

Center for Disease Control Nakona Citation Award, 2014

Research Interests

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

Grants

NIH NINDS K23 "Clinical Impact of Early Pathogen Identification in Acute Neurological Infections" July 1, 2018-July 1, 2023

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)

    May 15 2017 - Jun 30 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