Cigdem Inan Akman, MD

Expertise in: 
Clinical Neurophysiology, Pediatric Neurology
Board Certifications: 
Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology, Child Neurology
Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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Overview

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.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

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

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Neurology at CUMC

Administrative Titles

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

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Languages

  • Turkish

Gender

  • Female

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Location(s)

180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Primary
155 White Plains Road
Suite W100
Tarrytown, NY 10591

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

Amida Care

  • Special Needs

Cigna

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

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

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

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

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

United Health Care

  • Columbia Employee POS
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • 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

  • 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

Board Certifications

  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
  • Child Neurology

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

 

America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor

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