Joshua Z Willey, MD

Neurology, Stroke & Cerebrovascular Neurology, Vascular Neurology
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Dr. Joshua Willey is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and Attending Neurologist on the Stroke Service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Willey received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1999, his medical degree from Columbia University in 2003. After Neurology Residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, he completed a two-year neuro-epidemiology and stroke fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical center, when he also earned an MS in epidemiology. He joined the faculty of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2009.

Dr. Willey has an outpatient clinical practice in neurology with a focus on cerebrovascular diseases and stroke, and attends on the inpatient stroke service.

He is actively involved in teaching of non-medical students in the health sciences campus, medical students in the pre-clinical and clinical years, and neurology residents and fellows. Dr. Willey is the vascular neurology fellowship program director, and co-director of the near-epidemiology training program.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Stroke

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Neurology at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester


  • Spanish


  • Male

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710 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
155 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Insurance Accepted

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Amida Care

  • Special Needs


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


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

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

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

Fidelis Care

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


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

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

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

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management


  • Special Needs


  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

World Trade Center Health Plan

  • World Trade Center Health Plan

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

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

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow American Heart Association
  • Fellow, American Neurological Association
  • Gold Humanism Society Student Teaching Award
  • Lewis P Rowland Residency Teaching Award
America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor


Dr. Willey's research is focused on risk factors for clinical and subclinical cerebrovascular disease with a particular focus on the role of physical activity, and on mechanisms of stroke in mechanical circulatory support. He is the local principal investigator for several acute and hospital based stroke clinical trials.

Research Interests

  • Stroke epidemiology


Neurovascular consequences of non-pulsatile flow

Neuro-epidemiology training program (NINDS T32 07153), Columbia University

Clinical trials local PI: Sleep-SMART (NIH), SATURN (NIH)


Selected Publications

Ten most recent publications:

  1. Wyckoff SL, Mammadii G, Purisch SE, Lasala AP, Willey JZ, Booker WA, Miller EC. x. Pre-existing cerebrovascular disease in pregnancy: a case series of neurologic and obstetrical outcomes. AJOG glob rep 2023; 3(3): 100233
  2. Stöhr EJ, Ji R, Mondellini G, Braghieri L, Akiyama K, Castagna F, Pinsino A, Cockcroft. JR, Silverman RH, Trocio S, Zatvarska O, Konofagou E, Apostolakis I, Topkara VK, Takayama H, Takeda K, Naka Y, Uriel N, Yuzefpolskaya M, Willey JZ, McDonnell BJ, Colombo PC. Pulsatility and flow patterns across Macro- and microcirculatory arteries of continuous flow left ventricular assist devices. J Heart Lung Transplant 2023; Apr 23 ahead of print. PMID 37098374.
  3. Yang D, Liu M, Willey JZ, Khasiyev F, Tom SE, Rundek T, Cheung YK, Wright CB, Elkind MSV, Gutierrez J. Physical activity is inversely associated with severe intracranial stenosis in stroke-free participants of NOMAS. Stroke 2023; 54 (1): 159-166
  4. Thakur KT, Chu VT, Hughes CV, Kim CY, Fleck-Derderian S, Barrett CE, Matthews E, Balbi A, Bilski A, Chomba A, Lieberman O, Jacobson SD, Agarwal S, Roh D, Park S, Ssonko V, Silver WG, Vargas WD, Geneslaw A, Bell M, Waters B, Rao A, Claassen J, Boehme A, Willey JZ, Elkind MS, Sobieczyk ME, Zucker J, McCollum A, Sejvar J. Risk factors for new neurological diagnoses in hospitalized patients with COVID-19: a case control study in New York City. Neurol Clin Pract 2022; 12(4): e66-e74.
  5. Casertano LO, Bassile CC, Pfeffer JS, Morrone TM, Stein J, Willey JZ, Rao AK. Utility of the AM-PAC “6 clicks” basic mobility and daily activity short forms to determine discharge destination in an acute stroke population. Am J Occup Ther 2022; 76(4)
  6. Ling W, Cheng B, Wei Y, Willey JZ, Cheung YK. Statistical inference in quatile regression for zero-inflated outcomes. Stat Sin 2022; 32(3): 1411-1433
  7. Liu J, Wang Y, Li J, Zhang S, Wu Q, Wei C, Cui T, Wu B, Willey JZ, Liu M. Treatment and outcomes of thrombolysis related-hemorrhagic transformation: a multi-center study in China. Front Aging Neurosci 2022; 14: 847648
  8. Lopez-Navarro ER, Park S, Willey JZ, Gutierrez J. Dolichoectasia: a brain arterial disease with an elusive treatment. Neurol Sci 2022; 43(8): 4901-4908
  9. Ibeh C, Mandigo GK, Sisti JA, Lavine S, Willey JZ. Mechanical thrombectomy after acute ischemic stroke in patients with left ventricular assist devices: a nationwide analysis. Int J Stroke 2022 Apr 14
  10. Ibeh C, Melmed KR, Yuzefpolskaya M, Colombo PC, Willey JZ. Heart Fail Rev 2022; 27(2): 393-398