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Cigdem I. Akman, MD

Child Neurology (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Clinical Neurophysiology
Languages: Turkish
Office Phone: (212) 342-6867
One of America's Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors

Biography

Dr. Akman is a Professor of Neurology at CUIMC and chief of the Division of Child Neurology in the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics of the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

Dr. Akman was born and educated in Ankara, Turkey where she graduated with Honors from the School of Medicine, Ankara University. Dr. Akman completed her training in Child Neurology at State University of New York, followed by a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, Dr Akman joined the Division of Child Neurology and the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where she participated in clinical education and patient care until 2008. Between 2008 and 2010, Dr. Akman worked as the Director of Clinical Epilepsy Research at Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine. Dr Akman returned to Columbia in 2010 and now heads both the Division of Child Neurology and the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. 

Her clinical practice focuses on infantile and childhood epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, and the treatment of refractory epilepsy in children.

Area of Expertise

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Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, NYP Employee Plan, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]

Affinity [Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]

Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]

Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]

Emblem/GHI [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 Access (Exchange), EPO, Gatekeeper (Exchange), HMO, Medicare Managed Care, 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, Leaf (Exchange), Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Local 1199 [Local 1199]

MagnaCare [MagnaCare]

Multiplan [Multiplan]

Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]

TRICARE [TRICARE]

UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth]

WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Education

Ankara University Medical School

Internship: Maimonides Medical Center

Residency: State University of New York - Downstate Medical Center

Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Boston

Locations

Harkness Pavilion

180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

Phone: (212) 342-6867

Fax: (212) 342-6865

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ColumbiaDoctors Tarrytown

155 White Plains Road
Suite W100
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Phone: (212) 342-6867

Fax: (212) 342-6865

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Professor of Neurology at CUMC

Castle Connoly Top Doctors, 2013

Patients' Choice Rated & Awarded by patients, 2013

New York, Rated one of New Yorks Magazine's Best Doctor , 2013

 

Transit Advisory Notice

Starting Jan. 5, 2019, 1 trains will bypass the 168th Street subway station at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center until early 2020.