Blair Ford, MD

Board Certifications: 
Neurology, Internal Medicine
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Overview

Dr. Ford is a clinician, medical educator and clinical-investigator whose practice and research focuses on Parkinson's disease and movement disorders, including tremor, dystonia, Tourette syndrome, myoclonus, ataxia and chorea. Trained in Canada and the US in Internal Medicine and Neurology, he is board-certified in both specialties. His primary clinical work and research involves neuromodulation treatment using deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease, tremor and dystonia. He serves as Medical Director for the Center for Neuromodulation and Movement Disorder Surgery, a collaboration between the Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at Columbia University that he co-founded in 1997.

As an educator, Dr. Ford has held the leadership position of the Department’s main educational programs – the Neurology Clerkship and the Neurology Residency Program; in this latter role, he served as the national Chair of Neurology Residency Program directors. Currently, Dr. Ford is Program Director for Columbia’s Movement disorders fellowship. An innovative teacher who makes extensive use of video, Dr. Ford has won numerous education, including Vagelos Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons Bohmfalk Award, the medical school’s highest recognition for excellence in clinical teaching. He has won both of the Department of Neurology’s highest teaching awards, the Steven Shafer Award for humanism, and the Lewis P. Rowland Award for clinical excellence.

Dr. Ford has served as an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. A Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and a member of the American Neurological Association, Dr. Ford served for two terms on the Education Committee of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). He has contributed over 100 original articles, reviews, and book chapters to the literature. Dr. Ford has lectured extensively on topics ranging from movement disorders, clinical neuroanatomy, neuromodulation to medical education. He has reviewed articles for Archives of Neurology, Movement Disorders, Neurology and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Ford served as Scientific Editor for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and has been listed as one of America's Best Doctors since 2002.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Movement Disorder
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Tremor

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Neurology at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Movement Disorders Surgery Center

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Languages

  • French

Gender

  • Male

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Location(s)

710 West 168th Street
Suite 350
New York, NY 10032
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Insurance Accepted

Aetna

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

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Amida Care

  • Special Needs

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Elderplan

  • Medicare Managed Care

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Health First

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Health Plus - Amerigroup

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

United Health Care

  • Columbia Employee POS
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Select Health
  • Special Needs

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • McGill University Faculty of Medicine
  • Residency: Rhode Island Hospital
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
  • Internal Medicine

Research

Research Interests

  • Neurosurgical treatment using deep brain stimulati
  • Parkinson's disease and movement disorders