Claire Henchcliffe, M.D., D.Phil.

Claire Henchcliffe

Claire Henchcliffe, MD, D.Phil received her medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, and her doctorate from the University of Oxford, UK. She completed her training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, with internship in the Department of Medicine and residency in Neurology at the Neurological Institute of Columbia Presbyterian. This was followed by a fellowship in Movement Disorders, also at the Neurological Institute. Dr. Henchcliffe now serves as Director of the Parkinson's Institute, and as Vice Chair for Clinical Research in Neurology at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In addition to seeing patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, Dr Henchcliffe's team conduct a number of clinical trials available for patient participation.


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 - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • United Health Care
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]



Ebben, M., Pollak, C and Henchcliffe, C. (2008) Case study of an unusual variant of restless leg syndrome. Movement Disorders 23, 153

Henchcliffe, C. , D, Shungu, D. C., Mao, X., Huang, C., Nirenberg, M. J., Jenkins, B. G. and Beal, M. F. Multinuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for In Vivo Assessment of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease (2008). Ann NY Acad Sci 1147: 206-220

Louis, E. D., Pellegrino, K. M., Factor-Litvak, P., Henchcliffe, C. and Zheng, W. (2008) Elevated blood harmane (1-methyl-9H-pyrido[3,4-B]indole) concentrations in essential tremor. Neurotoxicology 29, 294-300

Louis, E. D., Faust, P. L., Vonsattel, J.-P. G., Honig, L. S., Henchcliffe, C., Pahwa, R., Lyons, K. E., Rios, E., Pellegrino, K. M., Erickson-Davis, C., Moskowitz, C. B., Lawton, A. and Hernandez, N. (2009) Older Onset Essential Tremor: More Rapid Progression and More Degenerative Pathology. Movement Disorders 24: 1606-1612

Louis,D., Pellegrino, K. M., Factor-Litvak, P., Rios, E., Jiang, W., Henchcliffe, C. and Zheng, W. (2008) Cancer and Blood Concentrations of the Co-Mutagen Harmane in Essential Tremor. Movement Disorders 23, 1747-51

Henchcliffe, C. and Beal, M. F. (2008) Mitochondrial biology and oxidative stress in Parkinson disease pathogenesis. Nat Clin Prac Neurol 4, 600-609

Louis, E. D., Rios, E. and Henchcliffe, C. Mirror movements in patients with essential tremor (2009) Movement Disorders 24: 2211-2217

Johansen, K. K., Wang, L., Aasly, J. O., White, L. R., Matson, W. R., Henchcliffe, C., Beal, M. F., Bogdanov, M. (2009) Metabolomic profiling in LRRK2-related Parkinson's disease. PLoS One 4: e7551

Spindler, M., Beal, M. F. and Henchcliffe, C. (2009) Coenzyme Q10 effects in neurodegenerative disease Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat 5:597-610

Louis, E. D., Rios, E. and Henchcliffe, C. (2010) How Are We Doing With the Treatment of Essential Tremor? Persistence of ET Patients on Medication: Data From 528 Patients in 3 Settings Eur J Neurol 17: 882-884

Aaker, G. D., Myung, J. S., Ehrlich, J. R., Mohammed, M., Henchcliffe, C., and Kiss, S. (2010) Detection of retinal changes in Parkinson's disease with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography. Clin Ophthalmol 4: 1427-1432

Liu, A. A., Boxhorn, C. E., Klufas, M. A., Christos, P. J., Thorne, J. T., Shih, A. Y., Tsankova, N. M., Dorfman, Henchcliffe, C., Piboolnurak, P. and Nirenberg, M. J. (2010) Clinical Predictors of Frequent Patient Telephone Calls in Parkinsons Disease. Parkinsonism Rel Disord 17: 95-99

Severt, W. L., and Henchcliffe, C (2011) Disease Modification in Parkinson's Disease. Drugs Aging 28: 605-615

Cummings, J. L., Henchcliffe, C., Schaier, S., Simuni, T., Waxman, A., and Kemp, P. (2011) The role of dopaminergic imaging in patients with symptoms of dopaminergic system neurodegeneration. Brain 134:3146-66

Henchcliffe, C., Dodel, R. and Beal, M. F. (2011) Biomarkers of Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. Prog Neurobiol 95: 601-613

Jacoby, N., Stone, J., and Henchcliffe, C (2011) Approaches to the Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease during the Pre-Motor Phase. US Neurology 7:15-20

Stone, J., Jacoby, N., and Henchcliffe, C (2011) Redefining Efficacy in Parkinson's Disease – Early Motor Phase Treatments and the Potential for Treating During the Pre-motor Phase. US Neurology 7:21-26

Zheng, K.S., Dorfman, B. J., Christos, P. J., Khadem, R. Henchcliffe, C., Piboolnurak, P., and Nirenberg, M. J. (2012) Clinical Characteristics of Exacerbations in Parkinson's Disease. Neurologist 18:120-124

Shtilbans, A and Henchcliffe, C. (2012) Biomarkers in Parkinson's Disease: An Update. Curr Opin Neurol 25:460-465

Huang, C., Ravdin, L. D., Nirenberg, M. J., Piboolnurak, P., Severt, L., Manisccalco, J. S., Solnes, L., Dorfman, B. J., and Henchcliffe, C. (2012) Neuroimaging markers of motor and non-motor features of Parkinson's disease: a FDG-PET study. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 35:183-96

Weiduschat, N., Mao, X., Beal, M. F., Nirenberg, M. J., Shungu, D. C., and Henchcliffe, C. Usefulness of proton and phosphorus MR spectroscopic imaging for early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (Accepted: 2013, J. Neuroimaging)


Moving Forward: A practical guide to living with Parkinson's disease, 2010, Eds. Henchcliffe, C and Elmer, L

Honors and Awards

Open scholarship, University of Oxford, Keble College 1982-1985\Gibbs Prize in Biochemistry, University of Oxford, 1985Dee Scholarship, University of Oxford St Hugh's College 1985-1988

Harry S. Altman Memorial Prize; Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation; Helen M. Sciarra Prize in Neurology: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, 1997

Daisy and Paul Soros Clinical Scholar in Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College 2006-2012

Fellow of the American Neurological Association 2011-present

Clinical Awards: America's Top Physicians (Consumer Research Council); Who's Who in America; International Association of Healthcare Professionals Top Neurologist in New York NY; Best Doctors