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Cigdem I. Akman, MD

Board Certifications: 
Child Neurology, Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
Expertise in: 
Clinical Neurophysiology
Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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New and Existing Patients: 
(212) 305-6876

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Credentials & Experience

America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor

Board Certifications

  • Child Neurology
  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology

Clinical Expertise

  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Childhood onset epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Epileptic Seizures
  • Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Drug resistant epilepsy

Specialties

Education & Training

  • Ankara University Medical School
  • Internship: Maimonides Medical Center
  • Residency: State University of New York - Downstate Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Boston
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Honors & Awards

Castle Connoly Top Doctors, 2013

Patients' Choice Rated & Awarded by patients, 2013

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

About Cigdem Akman

Dr. Akman is a Professor of Clinical Neurology and Pediatrics of the Division of Pediatric Neurology, Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons of 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; and Clinical neurophysiology and Epilepsy at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, Dr Akman joined the Division of Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Epilepsy at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and participated in clinical education and patients' 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 has re-joined the Division of Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Epilepsy as the Director of Pediatric Epilepsy in 2010.

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

Boards and other certifications:

ABPN – with added Qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology

ABPN – Epilepsy

Academic Titles

  • Professor of Neurology at CUMC

Administrative Positions

  • Chief, Division of Child Neurology
  • Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program
  • Director, Tuberous Sclerosis Program at CUIMC

Committee/Societies/Council Memberships

American Epilepsy Society

Child Neurology Society

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Languages

  • Turkish

Gender

  • Female

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Affinity

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

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

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

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Contact & Locations

1
180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032
Phone:
(212) 342-6867
Fax:
(212) 342-6865
Primary
2
155 White Plains Road
Suite W100
Tarrytown, New York 10591
Phone:
(212) 342-6867
Fax:
(212) 342-6865

Research

Dr. Akman's clinical research has focused on childhood-onset epilpsy, epilepsy refractory to the medical treatment, epilepsy surgery and cognitive and behavioral problems associated with epilepsy. Dr Akman has published inpeer reviewed journals, in the area of medical treatment and diagnosis of childhood onset epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology to describe the EEG patterns in critically ill children.

Research Interests

  • Childhood-onset epilepsy

Grants

CATEGORY I: TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNITY-BASED APPROACHES TO IMPROVE HEALTH IN HARLEM (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2009 - Jun 29 2015