Language: English
Gender: Female
Neurological Surgery
156 William Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Neurological Surgery
525 East 68th Street, Starr Pavilion, 651
New York, NY 10065
P: 212-746-3356 | F: 646-962-0118
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Neurological Surgery
1305 York Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10021
P: 212 746 4684
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Personal Statement

As a result of any neurological condition or brain injury (including the trauma of brain surgery), an individual may experience overwhelming and disorienting emotional and cognitive changes. Adapting to these changes requires someone to truly see themselves as having the ability to incorporate change, to compensate, and to build on existing cognitive and emotional skills. I have the privilege of being able to provide the treatment that can help with this process. As a neuropsychologist with the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, I use cognitive remediation and psychotherapy to help patients recover from surgery, chemotherapy, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological conditions. I follow one overarching principle in order to be effective: Everyone has strength, both cognitive and emotional. Such strength might not be completely realized until an individual sustains a setback, so my job is to explore, search, and find this strength collaboratively with the patient. I then adapt treatment to the individual, not only to build cognitive skills but to bring awareness of these strengths to the individual. Ultimately, such collaborative treatment will result in better functioning and a more satisfactory life.

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Board Certifications
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Remediation For Movement Disorders
  • Concussion Management
  • Cognitive Remediation After Radiation
  • Cognitive Remediation After Chemotherapy
  • Cognitive Remediation For Chronic Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Cognitive Remediation After Cardiovascular Event
  • Cognitive Remediation After Brain Tumor Resection
  • Cognitive Remediation After Surgery
  • Cognitive Remediation After Brain Surgery
  • Cognitive Remediation After Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cognitive Remediation After Stroke
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive and Neurobehavioral Dysfunction
  • Training In Cognitive Skills
  • Cognitive Deficit As Late Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Provide Cognitive Emotional Support
  • MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment)
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment With Memory Loss
  • Cognitive Deficit Due to Old Head Trauma
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Changes
  • Cognitive Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Deficit Due to Parkinson's Disease
  • Cognitive Impairment, Mild, So Stated
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Deficit Due to Old Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Cognitive Deficit Due to Old Lacunar Stroke
  • Cognitive Deficit Due to Old Intracerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cognitive Deficit Due to Old Head Injury
  • Cognitive Deficit Due to Old Embolic Stroke
  • Cognitive Deficit Due to Old Cerebral Infarction
  • Cognitive Deficit Due to Multiple Subcortical Infarcts
  • Cognitive Deficit As Late Effect of Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cognitive Complaints
  • Cognitive Changes
  • Cognitive Change
  • Mild Cognitive Disorder
  • Cognitive Disorder
  • Cognitive Deficits, Late Effect of Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cognitive Decline
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Behavorial Changes
  • Dementia Following Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Dementia Due to Multiple Sclerosis
  • Dementia Due to Head Trauma
  • Dementia Due to Medical Condition With Behavioral Disturbance
  • Dementia With Parkinsonism
  • Dementia Due to Head Trauma With Behavioral Disturbance
  • Concussion
  • Concussion Syndrome

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


  • Ph.D., Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2006
  • B.A., George Washington University, 1998



Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurological Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College


Amanda L. Sacks-Zimmerman, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist who has had extensive experience in assessing and treating neurological disorders with cognitive remediation as well as researching the cognitive impact of brain injury.  She treats a variety of patients who suffer from cognitive and emotional difficulties that may be the result of epilepsy; radiation or chemotherapy; cardiopulmonary bypass procedures; surgery; cerebrovascular disease; stroke; silent infarcts; brain tumor resection;  movement disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease; metabolic disorders; infectious processes such as encephalitis or Lyme disease; chemical toxin exposure; traumatic brain injury; and dementia diagnoses including mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, multi-infarct dementia, and frontal temporal dementia.

Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman sees patients at
520 East 70th St. @ York Ave. (Starr 651)

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Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from The George Washington University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fairleigh Dickinson University. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one at University Behavioral Healthcare, UMDNJ, in Piscataway, New Jersey, focusing on geropsychology and one at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, where she was trained in assessing, treating, and researching acquired and traumatic brain injury.  Additionally, she has been a staff psychologist at NYU Langone Medical Center Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine for three years and a neuropsychologist in the Faculty Group Practice in the Department of Psychiatry at the NYU Langone Medical Center and is faculty appointed to the Department of Anesthesiology at the NYU Langone Medical Center. 


Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman has been involved in various research projects throughout her training and professional career.  Specifically, during her first postdoctoral fellowship at the University Behavioral Healthcare, UMDNJ, she derived research projects examining cognitive correlates of emotion in dementia as well as published book chapters regarding PTSD and family interventions in older adults.  During her second postdoctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center,  she  assisted in deriving manualized Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for individuals post-TBI for the purpose of researching the efficacy of this treatment, participated in systematic reviews of literature on evidenced based practices of treatment post TBI, developed research projects, published findings, and presented at conferences on TBI and aging.  During her time as a faculty appointed member to the Department of Anesthesiology at NYULMC, Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman analyzed and presented data on post-operative cognitive dysfunction as well as derived research studies on cognitive issues post-operatively in cardiac patients and cognitive issues related to compliance in the wound care population.  She is currently in the process of developing research projects to examine the efficacy of cognitive remediation programs on post-operative cognitive difficulties in brain tumor patients within the Department of Neurological Surgery Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center.