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Gender: Male
1.
Laboratory of Clinical Neurophysiology
520 East 70th Street, K-615
New York, NY 10065
P: (212) 746-2359 | F: (212) 746-8694
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(212) 746-2359
2.
Epilepsy Center
520 East 70th Street, Starr Pavilion, 607
New York, NY 10065
P: (212) 746-5519
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(212) 746-5519

Personal Statement

For over 30 years, I have been studying brain electrical activity and one of the main results that occur when that electrical activity is disturbed, namely, epileptic seizures. I now continuing these studies, to better understand how the brain functions and malfunctions, and to apply what I and others have learned to develop new treatments to help people who have seizures and other neurological disorders.

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Specialties/Expertise

Board Certifications
  • Neurology
  • Electroencephalography and Evoked Potentials
Specialties
  • Neurophysiology
Expertise
  • Clinical Neurophysiology Testing
  • Video EEG
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizure Disorder

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 [PPO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • AETNA [HMO]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [HMO]

Education/Training

  • M.D., Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1982
  • Ph.D., Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1981

Honors and Awards

US FDA Advisory Panel review of deep brain stimulation for epilepsy, invited by Medtronic to prepare and present clinical research, 2010

Invited expert, Cyberonics Vagus Nerve Stimulation National Leadership Summit, 2009

Listed among “New York Super Docs”, NY Times, 2009

Listed among “America’s Top Physicians”, Consumer Research Council of America, Washington, DC, 2006

Chairman, Neurostimulation for Epilepsy Special Interest Group, American Epilepsy Society, 2004-2009

Board of Directors, Physicians’ Independent Practice Association, New York Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2004-2008

Course director, “Neurostimulation in Neurology and Psychiatry”, Weill-Cornell CME Symposium, New York, NY, May 15, 2004

“Randomized prospective trial of adjunctive vagus nerve stimulation vs. adjunctive ‘new’ antiepileptic medications in intractable epilepsy”, Member of national steering committee for protocol development and implementation, Cyberonics, 2003-2006

“Lessons for deep brain stimulation from vagus nerve stimulation”, invited lecture at American Epilepsy Society Neurostimulation Special Interest Group, Seattle, WA, December 10, 2002

Vagus Nerve Stimulation National Education Steering Committee, Cyberonics, 2002-2003

Chairman, Fifth Annual New York Vagus Nerve Stimulation Symposium, New York, NY, February 22-24, 2002

Safety advisory board; Vagus nerve stimulation for depression, US FDA pivotal clinical trial; 2001-2003

Chairman, Fourth Annual New York Vagus Nerve Stimulation Symposium, New York, NY, April 13-15, 2001

Chairman, Third Annual New York Vagus Nerve Stimulation Symposium, New York, NY, April 14-16, 2000

Epilepsy advisory board, Cyberonics, 2000-2001

Chairman, Second Annual New York Vagus Nerve Stimulation Symposium, New York, NY, April 9-11, 1999

J. Kiffin Penry National “Eagle Award” for “Pioneering new therapies to improve the lives of people touched by epilepsy”, one of only 12 such bestowed by Cyberonics at the American Epilepsy Society meeting, San Diego, CA, December 8, 1998

Co-chair, First Annual New York Vagus Nerve stimulation Symposium and Workshop, New York, NY, April 3, 1998

Invited by Cyberonics Inc. to give two presentations at their technical symposium at the American Epilepsy Society meeting, Boston, MA, December 9, 1997 ("Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Refractory Generalized Epilepsy" and "How to Set Up a Vagus Nerve Stimulation Program")

Data and analysis from my platform presentation at the International Epilepsy Congress in Dublin, Ireland, July 2, 1997, "Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Refractory Generalized Epilepsy", served as basis for European Union CE Mark approval of indication of vagus nerve stimulation for treatment of severe generalized epilepsy

Cyberonics considers Cornell a "Regional Center of Excellence" and has brought visitors in from other states and countries for “in-service” training about vagus nerve stimulation

Invited by Cyberonics to serve on advisory board and attend their final presentation to the US FDA for approval of vagus nerve stimulation for intractable epilepsy, July, 1997

Chairman, "New developments in the treatment of pediatric epilepsy", CME Symposium, New York Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, October 12, 1996

Professional Advisory Committee, Epilepsy Institute of New York, 1996-2001

Consultant with Cyberonics and US FDA on trial of vagus nerve stimulation for Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, March 1995

Listed in Marquis' "Who's Who in Medicine and Science" and "Who's Who in the World"; New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York”

Chairman, "New Horizons in Epilepsy", New York Hospital/Weill Cornell Epilepsy Center Symposium, September 24, 1994

Co-chairman, "Update on diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy", Epilepsy Society of New York City Medical Education Symposium, June 19, 1993

Epilepsy Lecturers Programs: Abbott, CIBA-Geigy, Parke-Davis, Wallace, Cyberonics, Glaxo

Professional advisory committee, "Nursing care of patients with epilepsy", Epilepsy Society of New York City Nursing Education Symposium, November 9, 1991

Board of Directors, Epilepsy Society of New York City, 1991-1993

Co-chairman, "The evaluation and management of epilepsy", Epilepsy Society of New York City Medical Education Symposium, December 8, 1990

Professional Advisory Committee, Epilepsy Society of New York City, 1989-1991

Leopold Canales Award for Excellence in Clinical Neurology, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May, 1982

Elected to AOA Honorary Medical Society, Medical College of Pennsylvania Chapter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April, 1982

Labar, D., "PKU and experimental hyperphenylalaninemia: Comparison of neuropathology", recipient of Honorable Mention Award in American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Essay Contest, April, 1978

Biography

Titles

Professor of Neuroscience
Weill Cornell Medical College

Professor of Neurology
Weill Cornell Medical College

Attending Neurologist
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Biography

Douglas R. Labar, MD, PhD is the Director of the Division of Clinical Neurophysiology. He received his medical degree and doctorate in neurophysiology at The Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed an internship in medicine at The Medical College of Pennsylvania, and a residency in neurology followed by a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He is certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and The American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. His major subspecialty interest is in intensive neurologic monitoring and epilepsy.