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Tristan T. Sands, MD, PhD

Board Certifications: 
Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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(646) 426-3876

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Credentials & Experience

Board Certifications

  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology

Clinical Expertise

  • Neurogenetics
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
  • Epilepsy with Myoclonic-Atonic Seizures (Myoclonic-Astatic Epilepsy, Doose syndrome)
  • West syndrome
  • Ohtahara syndrome and Early Myoclonic Encephalopathy
  • Benign Neonatal Epilepsy
  • Genetic Epilepsies
  • Neonatal Neurology
  • Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Epileptic Encephalopathies
  • Neonatal Epilepsy
  • Neonatal and Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathies
  • Aicardi syndrome
  • Dravet syndrome
  • Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep (ESES) and the Landau–Kleffner syndrome
  • Epileptic Seizures

Specialties

Education & Training

  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency: University of California San Francisco Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Honors & Awards

American Epilepsy Society Young Investigator Award, 2017
Exceptional Physician (P.R.I.D.E.) Award, UCSF, 2012
 

About Tristan Sands

Tristan Sands, MD, PhD is an assistant professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in the Division of Child Neurology and the Institute for Genomic Medicine (IGM).

Dr. Sands completed his child neurology residency at the University of California, San Francisco under the mentorship of Dr. Roberta Cilio and epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology fellowships at Columbia University Medical Center under the tutelage of Dr. Cigdem Akman and Dr. James Riviello.

Dr. Sands is a pediatric and neonatal neurologist and epileptologist with clinical and research experience in seizures, epilepsies and epileptic encephalopathies resulting from genetic causes. His research into treatments for genetic epilepsy has demonstrated that benign familial neonatal seizures caused by mutation of the KCNQ2 and KCNQ3 genes show a universal response to carbamazepine and that early use of carbamazepine reduces the length of hospital admission for these newborns.

Dr. Sands will be evaluating epilepsy patients with putative genetic etiologies in a new Translational Medicine Clinic for the Genetic Epilepsies and conducting research on precision medicine for the genetic epilepsies with the IGM.

-------- Additional Clinical Expertise:

Genetic causes of epilepsy, including but not limited to, variants in KCNQ2, KCNQ3, SCN1A, SCN2A, SCN8A, KCNT1, CDKL5, PCDH19, KCNH1, SYNGAP1, DEPDC5, PIGW, DYRK1A, ARX, STXBP1, NBEA, DNM1, TSC1, TSC2, KANSL1, etc.

Academic Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Gender

  • Male

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

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Contact & Locations

1
710 West 168th Street
New York, New York 10032
Phone:
(646) 426-3876
Primary
2
180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032
Phone: (646) 426-3876
3
21 West 86th Street
New York, New York 10024
Phone:
(646) 426-3876

Research

Selected Publications

Original Research

  • Sands, TT, Balestri, M, Bellini, G, et al.  Rapid and safe response to low dose carbamazepine of neonatal epilepsy.  Epilepsia. 2016 Dec;57(12):2019-2030.
  • Sands, TT, Nash, K, Tong, S, Sullivan, J.  Focal seizures in children with anti-NMDA receptor antibody encephalitis. 2015. Epilepsy Res. 112:31-6.

Invited Presentations

  • Sands, TT. “The phenotypic spectrum of KCNQ2–associated neonatal epilepsies” in Neonatal Genetic Epilepsies: A Personalized Medicine Approach. Invited Science Session, Pediatric Academic Societies. San Francisco, May, 2017.

Review Articles

  • Sands TT, Choi H. Genetic Testing in Pediatric Epilepsy. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2017 May;17(5):45.
  • Sands, TT & McDonough, TL. Recent Advances in Neonatal Seizures. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2016 Oct; 16(10):92.

Book Chapters

  • Cilio, M. & Sands, TT. "Neonatal Onset Epilepsies" in Neonatology: Questions and Controversies, 6th Ed. In Press.
  • Cilio, M. & Sands, TT. "Genetics of Epilepsy" in Swaiman's Pediatric Neurology. 6th Ed. Jun 15, 2017.
  • Sands, TT, Kedzierski, K, Makhani, N. “NMDA Receptor Antibody Encephalitis” in Pediatric Demyelinating Diseases of the Central Nervous System and Their Mimics: A Case-Based Clinical Guide. 1st Ed. Oct 27, 2017.

Abstracts

  • Sands TT, Miceli F, Lesca G, et al. Autism with benzodiazepine-responsive electrical status epilepticus in sleep (ESES) caused by KCNQ3 gain-of-function variants. Abstract. American Epilepsy Society. Washington DC, 2017.
  • Sands TT, Oldham, MS, Nunes, E, Cilio, MR. Apneic seizures in neonates. Abstract. American Epilepsy Society. Houston, 2016.
  • Sands, TT, Balestri, M, Bellini, G, et al.  Benign Familial Neonatal Seizures Exquisitely Sensitive to Carbamazepine. Abstract. American Epilepsy Society. Washington DC, 2015.