Joseph Safdieh, M.D.
Joseph Safdieh's, MD practice focuses on evaluating and treating patients with a variety of neurological disorders. Dr. Safdieh provides expert consultation for patients with neurological symptoms. These symptoms include headache, weakness, seizures,back pain, neck pain, gait difficulty, tremor, memory problems, numbness, tingling, dizziness and visual loss. Utilizing the most advanced diagnostic tests available at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Safdieh works with the patient and referring physician to make an appropriate diagnosis and initiate an effective treatment plan. Many advances have been made in the field of neurology over the past number of years, and Dr. Safdieh's treatment plans reflect these advances. New therapies have been developed for migraine headache, stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, pain, neuropathy, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, essential tremor and other neurological diseases. Dr. Safdieh's philosophy is to work with the patient to develop a treatment plan that is most effective at treating not only the symptoms, but also the patient's overall sense of well-being. Dr. Safdieh has specific interest in the treatment of nervous system infections. Dr. Safdieh is also experienced in the injection of Botox for selected cases of chronic migraine. Botox was FDA approved for chronic migraine in 2010, and Dr. Safdieh is one of the few neurologists in NY who is experienced in administering Botox therapy for chronic migraine, having been an injector since 2007. Follow Dr. Safdieh on Twitter @BrainHealthMD for relevant updates in the field of neurology.
Dr. Safdieh received his bachelors degree in neuroscience, summa cum laude, from the College of Arts and Science of New York University. He received his medical degree (MD) from the New York University School of Medicine, graduating first in his class. He completed his neurology residency training at the Weill Cornell Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Safdieh is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honors society. He is the author of a number of book chapters, and has recently completed a textbook of neuroanatomy.
Dr. Safdieh serves as the director of the medical student Neurology Clerkship for the Weill Cornell Medical College. He is medical director of the Neurology Clinic at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and also serves as Director of Outpatient Training for the Neurology Residency Training Program. He is well respected as an innovative medical educator, and has developed numerous curricula for the teaching of neurology to both medical students and other physicians.
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
- 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]
- Fidelis Care
- Health First
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
- Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
- Health Plus - Amerigroup
- Health Republic
- Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
- Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
- Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
- Rockefeller University - CoreSource
- UHC Compass
- United Health Care [Medicare]
- United Health Care [Community Plan]
- United Health Care
- VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]
Peer Reviewed Publications:
Goretzke S (Ed.) NeuroSAE VII Workgroup (Safdieh JE). NeuroSAE VII: The American Academy of Neurology Self-Assessment Examination in Clinical Neurology. Available at: https://tools.aan.com/elibrary/continuum/index.cfm?event=moc.exam.info&exam_id=832. Accessed December 12, 2014
Isaacson RS, Haynes N, Seifan A, Larsen D, Christiansen S, Berger JC, Safdieh JE; Lunde AM, Luo A, Kramps M, McInnis M, Ochner CN (2014): ALZHEIMER’S PREVENTION EDUCATION: IF WE BUILD IT, WILL THEY COME? www.AlzU.org.The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD).http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jpad.2014.
Kelly A, Safdieh JE. Multiple Choice Questions and Preferred Responses: Peripheral Nervous System Disorders. Continuum Lifelong Learning Neurol 2014;20(5):1455-1487
Merkler A, Prasad M, Lavi E. Safdieh J. Hyperacusis as the Initial Presentation of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Neurology: Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation 2014;1(3): doi: 10.1212/NXI.0000000000000032
Wang E, Shirvalkar P, Maciel CB, Merkler AE, Safdieh J, and Gupta A. American Neuroborreliosis Presenting as Cranial Polyneuritis and Radiculoneuritis. Neurology: Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation 2014;1(3): doi: 10.1212/NXI.0000000000000030
Carter JL, Ali I, Isaacson R, Safdieh J, Finney G, Sowell M, Sam M, Anderson H, Shin R, Kraakecik J, Coleman M, Drogan O for the neurology clerkship director survey work group of the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Status of Neurology Medical School Education: Results of 2005 and 2012 Clerkship Director Survey. Neurology. 2014 Nov 4;83(19):1761-6. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000962. Epub 2014 Oct
Safdieh JE. Patient Management Problem. Continuum Lifelong Learning Neurol 2014;20(3):734-746
Gelb D, Safdieh JE. Multiple Choice Questions and Preferred Responses: Muscle Disease. Continuum Lifelong Learning Neurol 2013;19(6):1719-1745
Mead P, Safdieh JE, Nizza P, Tuma S, Sepkowitz K. Ommaya Resevior Infections: A 16- Year Retrospective Analysis. Journal of Infection 2013 Dec 6 doi:pii: S0163-4453(13)00374-5. 10.1016/j.jinf.2013.11.014. [Epub ahead of print]
Fenton G (Ed.) NeuroSAE VI Workgroup (Safdieh JE). NeuroSAE VI: The American Academy of Neurology Self-Assessment Examination in Clinical Neurology. Available at: https://tools.aan.com/elibrary/continuum/?event=moc.exam.info&exam_id=611.Accessed October 26, 2013
Lynn DJ, Safdieh JE. Multiple Choice Questions and Preferred Responses: Movement Disorders. Continuum Lifelong Learning Neurol 2013;19(5):1421-1450
Seifan A, Mandigo M, Price RS. Galetta S, Jozefowicz RF, Jaffer A, Symes S, Safdieh JE, Isaacson RS. Can My Electronic Health Record Teach Me Something? A Multi-Institutional Pilot Study. Neurology 2013;80:e9-e103
Kelly A, Safdieh JE. Multiple Choice Questions: Infectious Disease. Continuum Lifelong Learning Neurol 2012;18(6):1435-1468
Wiznia D, Korom R, Marzuk PM, Safdieh JE, Grafstein B. PBL 2.0: enhancing problem-based learning through increased student participation. Med Educ Online 2012, 17: 17375 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/meo.v17i0.17375
Bergen R, Safdieh JE. Multiple Choice Questions: Neuro-oncology. Continuum Lifelong Learning Neurol 2012;18(2):435-464
Taylor LP, Lukas RV, Safdieh JE, Sigsbee B, Vespa P, Sergay SM, Kohring JH. Subspecialization in neurology: the role of the united council for neurologic subspecialties: Letter and author response. Neurology 2012;78:514-515
Fenton G (Ed.) NeuroSAE IV Workgroup (Safdieh JE). NeuroSAE IV: The American Academy of Neurology Self-Assessment Examination in Clinical Neurology. Available at: https://www.aan.com/elibrary/continuum/index.cfm?event=moc.exam.info&exam_id=73. Accessed April 5, 2012
Safdieh JE (Ed). NeuroSAE Medical Student Edition: The American Academy of Neurology Self-Assessment Examination in Clinical Neurology. Available at: https://www.aan.com/elibrary/continuum/index.cfm?event=moc.exam.info&exam_id=152. Accessed January 3, 2012.
Gelb D, Safdieh JE. Multiple Choice Questions: Stroke Prevention. Continuum Lifelong Learning Neurol 2011;17(6):1355-1384
Santillan A, Safdieh JE, Gobin YP. Patsalides A. Bilateral thalamic venous hypertension caused by a tentorial dural arteriovenous fistula: endovascular treatment. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2011 Apr 28 [Epub ahead of print] – doi 10:1136/jnnp.2010.231969
Safdieh JE, Lin A, Aizer J, Grafstein B, Marzuk PM, Storey-Johnson C, Kang Y. Standardized Patient Outcomes Trial (SPOT) in Neurology. Medical Education Online 2011; 16:5634 - DOI: 10.3402/meo.v16i0.5634
Isaacson RS, Safdieh JE, Ochner CN. Effectiveness of a modified Continuum curriculum for medical students:& A randomized trial. Neurology 2011;76:125-130
Lin A, Safdieh JE. The Evaluation and Management of Bacterial Meningitis: Current Practice and Emerging Developments. Neurologist 2010;16(3):143-151
Navi BB, Safdieh JE. Recurrent, Alternating Tolosa Hunt Syndrome. Neurologist 2010; 16(1):54-5
Tania P, Warden S, Yonekawa Y, Safdieh JE, Chan RV. Aplastic Anemia Secondary to 6 Mercaptopurine Initially Presenting with a Hemorrhagic Retinopathy. Retinal Cases Brief Reports 2009; 4:372-375.
Ulloa C, Towfigh AA, Safdieh JE. Review of Levetiracetam, with a focus on the extended release formulation, as adjuvant therapy in controlling partial onset seizures. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment 2009; 5:1-10
Maas MB, Safdieh JE. Ischemic Stroke: Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention. Hospital Physician Board Review Manual 2009; 13(2):1-17
Bohland JW, Wu C, Barbas H, Bokil H, Bota M, Breiter HC, Cline HT, Doyle JC, Freed PJ, Greenspan RJ, Haber SN, Hawrylycz M, Herrera DG, Hilgetag CC, Huang ZJ, Jones A, Jones EG, Karten HJ, Kleinfeld D, Kotter R, Lester HA, Lin JM, Mensh BD, Mikula S, Pannksepp J, Price JL, Safdieh JE, Saper CB, Schiff ND, Schmahmann JD, Stillman BW, Svoboda K, Swanson LW, Toga AW, Van Essen DC, Watson JD, Mitra PP. A proposal for a coordinated effort for the determination of brainwide neuroanatomical connectivity in model organisms at a mesoscopic scale. PLoS Computational Biology 2009; 5(3): e1000334
Maas MB, Safdieh JE. Ischemic Stroke: Pathophysiology and Principles of Stroke Localization. Hospital Physician Board Review Manual 2009; 13(1):1-16
Habib AA, Gilden DH, Schmid DS, Safdieh JE. Varicella zoster virus meningitis with hypoglycorrhachia in the absence of rash in an immunocompetent woman. Journal of NeuroVirology 2009; (2):1-3
Maas MB, Safdieh JE. Self Assessment in Neurology: Stroke Review Questions. Hospital Physician 2009; 45(2):21-23
Maas MB, Safdieh JE. Self Assessment in Neurology: Leg Weakness in the Emergency Department. Hospital Physician 2008; 44:34-36.
Safdieh JE, Mead P, Sepkowitz K, Kiehn T, Abrey L. Bacterial and Fungal Meningitis in Cancer Patients. Neurology 2008; 70:943-947.
Nagel MA, Cohrs RJ, Mahalingam R, Wellish MC, Forghani B, Schiller A, Safdieh JE, Kamenkovich E, Ostrow L, Levy M, Greenberg BM, Russman AN, Katzan I, Gardner CJ, Hausler M, Nau R, Saraya T, Wada H, Goto H, de Martino M, Ueno M, Brown WD, Terborg C, and. Gilden DH. The Varicella Zoster Virus Vasculopathies: clinical, CSF, imaging and virological features. Neurology 2008; 70:853-860.
Sirsi D, Safdieh JE. The Safety of Levetiracetam. Expert Opinion on Drug Safety 2007; 6(3):241-250.
Safdieh JE, Rudominer R. A Case of Hyponatremia Induced by Duloxetine. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology 2006; 26(6):675-676.
Safdieh JE, Harden CL. Levetiracetam: Past Present and Future. Future Neurology 2006; 1(4) 365-371.
Seifan A, Mandigo M, Jozefowicz R, Price R, Galetta S, Jaffer A, Symes S, Safdieh JE, Tarulli A, Isaacson R. EMR-Driven Medical Education: A Multi-Institutional Study of Clinician Perspectives (S17.006). Neurology 78:S17.006. Presented as a platform session at the 2012 AAN Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Lin A, Kang Y, Safdieh J. Does Medical Student Neurology Knowledge Correlate with Performance on the Neurological Examination. Neurology 2011;76(9)(s4):A382
Mead P, Safdieh JE, Nizza P, Kiehn T, Sohn S, Sepkowitz K. Ommaya Reservoir Infections: A 16-Year Retrospective Analysis. Presented at the IDSA 48th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, CA. October 2010.
Lin A, Kang Y, Aizer J, Safdieh JE. The Standardized Patient Outcomes Trial in Neurology (SPOT): Assessing the Effectiveness of the Standardized Patient Session at Teaching the Cranial Nerve Exam. Neurology 2010; Presented as Platform session at the 2010 AAN Annual Meeting, Toronto, CA.
Isaacson RS, Safdieh JE, Ochner CN. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Continuum as a Teaching Tool for Medical Students. Neurology 2009; 72 (supplement 3):A123
Mead P, Safdieh JE, Kiehn T, Abrey L, Sepkowitz K. Bacterial and Fungal Meningitis in Cancer Patients. Presented at the IDSA 44th Annual Meeting in Toronto, October 2006.
Safdieh JE, Mead P, Sepkowitz K, Kiehn T, Abrey L. Bacterial and Fungal Meningitis in Cancer Patients: A Retrospective Analysis. Neurology 2006; 66 (supplement 2):A390.
Books, Book Chapters:
Safdieh JE. "Neurology: In with the Old, In with the New" in Darden J (Ed.) Inside the Minds: The Art and Science of Neurology. Aspatore Books (2008)
Safdieh JE. "Neurology" in Miksad R, Meyer K, and Delamora P. Last Minute: Internal Medicine. McGraw-Hill. NY, NY (2008)
Safdieh JE. "Neurological Changes in the Elderly" in Capezuti E, Siegler G, Mezey, MD (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2nd ed.). Springer Publishing Company, NY (2007)
Safdieh, JE. "Neuroscience Case Based Questions and Answers (online tool)" in Nolte J. Elsevier's Integrated Neuroscience. Mosby Elsevier, Philadelphia (2007)
Rubin M, Safdieh JE. Netters Concise Neuroanatomy. Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA (2007).
Safdieh JE. Drug Interactions Study Tool. In Ferrando SJ, Kobylarz EJ (Editors).Psychiatry In-Review Study Guide and Practice Examination. Educational Testing and Assessment Systems, New York, NY (2006)
Safdieh JE. Neurological History and Examination. In Ferrando SJ, Kobylarz EJ (Editors).Psychiatry In-Review Study Guide and Practice Examination. Educational Testing and Assessment Systems, New York, NY (2006)
Safdieh JE. Basic Neurophysiology. In Ferrando SJ, Kobylarz EJ (Editors). Psychiatry In-Review Study Guide and Practice Examination. Educational Testing and Assessment Systems, New York, NY (2006)
Safdieh JE. Infections of the Central Nervous System. In Ferrando SJ, Kobylarz EJ (Editors). Psychiatry In-Review Study Guide and Practice Examination. Educational Testing and Assessment Systems, New York, NY (2006)
Safdieh J. Is Denture Cream Dangerous? Neurology Alert 2008
Safdieh J. Tolosa Hunt syndrome. Neurology Alert 2008
Safdieh J. Can we predict the Outcome of Bacterial Meningitis? Neurology Alert 2008
Safdieh J. Low Back Pain: Are we offering too much? Neurology Alert 2007
Safdieh J. Lupus and the nervous system. Neurology Alert 2007
Safdieh J. Treatment of Neurosarcoidosis. Neurology Alert 2007.
Safdieh J. Antibodies and Limbic Encephalitis. Neurology Alert 2007.
Safdieh J. What is the best way to diagnose CJD? Neurology Alert 2006.
Safdieh J. Does hemodialysis cause dementia? Neurology Alert 2006;25(1):5-6
Safdieh J. How Long is the Incubation Period for Prion Diseases? Neurology Alert 2006;12:95-96.
Honors and Awards
2015 Burton A. Sandok Visiting Professorship in Neurologic Education, Mayo Clinic
2015 Clerkship Director Teaching Award, American Academy of Neurology
2014 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College
2013 NYPH Patient Centered Care Physician Champion Award, New York Presbyterian Hospital
2013 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
2013 US News and World Report "Top Doctors" List
2013 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College
2013 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
2012 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College
2011 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College
2010 Elliot Hochstein Teaching Award, Weill Cornell Medical College
2010 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College
2010 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Excellence in Teaching Award for the Brain and Mind Course, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2009
Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Science Curriculum, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2009
2009 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College
Innovation in Medical Education Award, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2008
The Chares L. Bardes Teaching Prize, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2008
2008 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College
Physician Community Service Award, Sephardic Bikur Holim Community Action Network 2008
Excellence in Teaching Award for the Neurology Clerkship, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2007
Teacher Recognition Certificate, American Academy of Neurology, 2007.
The Dr. Fred Plum Resident Teaching Award for Outstanding Instruction of Residents, Interns and Medical Students. Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 2006.
American Neurological Association Academic Neurology Teaching Award, University of Rochester Program, 2005.
Alpha Omega Alpha Award for the Student who attained the Highest Scholastic Rating for the four years of Medical School. New York University School of Medicine, 2002.
Andrew Alan Friedman Memorial Fund for Excellence by a Male Student in Internal Medicine. New York University School of Medicine, 2002.
New York University Hossein Jafari Award for excellence in premedical studies, 1998.
New York University Founders Day Award for excellence in academic performance, 1998.
- General Neurology
- Seizure Disorder
- Central Nervous System Infection
- Abnormality of Gait
- Neck and Back Pain
- M.D., New York University School of Medicine, 2002