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.
- General Neurology
- Seizure Disorder
- Central Nervous System Infection
- Abnormality of Gait
- Neck and Back Pain
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 [PPO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
- Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
- Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
- Fidelis Care
- Health First
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
- Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
- Oxford Health Plans [Metro (Effective 1/1/2016)]
- Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
- Oxford Health Plans [Charter]
- Oxford Health Plans [Core]
- 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]
- M.D., New York University School of Medicine, 2002
Honors and Awards
2015 Burton A. Sandok Visiting Professorship in Neurologic Education, Mayo Clinic
2015 Clerkship Director Teaching Award, American Academy of Neurology
2015 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College
2015 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
2015 Faculty Teaching Award, Weill Cornell Neurology Department
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.
Associate Professor of Neurology
Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Neurologist
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 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. He has been recognized for his excellence in medical student education locally, nationally and internationally.