Center for Movement Disorder Surgery

The Center for Movement Disorder Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (CUIMC/NYP) was established in 1998. The Center is a collaboration between the Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Its primary mission is to provide advanced state-of-the-art neurosurgical treatments for patients with disabling neurological disorders, including:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Essential tremor
  • Dystonia
  • Tourette's syndrome
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 
  • Tardive syskinesia


In the last eight years, major advances in the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease, tremors and dystonia were developed. To meet the growing demand for comprehensive, state-of-the art care, our center has brought together personnel and resources to create one of the most comprehensive movement disorder surgery programs in the United States. In the process, The Center for Movement Disorder Surgery has developed into one of the busiest and most experienced centers for deep brain stimulation techniques. Our surgeons perform approximately 50 deep brain stimulation implantations annually, and our clinical experience, to date, approaches 4 hundred operated patients.


The Center provides complete care to all patients through every stage of their surgical procedures, from patient education and pre-operative screening, to intra-operative brain mapping and surgery, to careful post-operative care and stimulator adjustments.

Located at the Neurological Institute of New York on the medical campus of CUIMC, surgeries are performed at the Milstein Hospital building of NYP.