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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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(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: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Boston

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 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.

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
  • 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

MVP Health Care

  • MVP Health Care-Hudson Health Plan

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

*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

A PHASE 2, MULTICENTER, RANDOMIZED, DOUBLE-BLIND, PLACEBO-CONTROLLED STUDY TO EVALUATE THE EFFICACY, SAFETY, AND TOLERABILITY OF TAK-935 AS AN ADJUNCTIVE THERAPY IN PEDIATRIC PATIENTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL AND/OR EPILEPTIC ENCEPHALOPATHIES (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

Jan 30 2019 - Jan 30 2024

CORTICAL LOCALIZATION IN EPILEPSY (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2018 - Jun 30 2023

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

Sep 30 2009 - Jun 29 2015