Joseph Safdieh, M.D.
Neurology
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Joseph Safdieh, M.D.

Neurology

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English

About

Specialties and Expertise

Specialties

  • Neurology
  • General Neurology

Expertise

  • Headache
  • Botox
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Stroke
  • Tremor
  • Central Nervous System Infection
  • Numbness
  • Dizziness
  • Neurosarcoidosis
  • Abnormality of Gait
  • Neck and Back Pain

Personal Statement

Joseph E. 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 experienced in administering Botox therapy for chronic migraine, having been an injector since 2007.  

Biography

Dr. Joseph E. Safdieh is currently the Gertrude Feil Associate Dean of Curricular Affairs, Vice Chairman for Education and Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medicine. He 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, where he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Award for 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. 

Dr. Safdieh has been the director of the medical student Neurology Clerkship for the Weill Cornell Medical College, the medical director of the Neurology Clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and also served as Director of Outpatient Training for the Neurology Residency Program As associate dean, he is responsible for overseeing the curriculum at Weill Cornell Medicine. 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.  

Dr. Safdieh currently serves on the education committee of the American Academy of Neurology, as well as the publications committee and the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee. He recently completed a 2-year term as chair of the Consortium of Neurology Clerkship Directors of the AAN. He is currently editor-in-chief of Neurology Today, the official news source of the American Academy of Neurology. 

Research

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

2020 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College

2020 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

2020 NY Magazine "Best Doctors" List

2019 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College

2019 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

2019 NY Magazine "Best Doctors" List

2018 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College

2018 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

2018 NY Magazine "Best Doctors" List

2017 Siegel Family Faculty Award, Weill Cornell Medical College

2017 Second Year Teaching Award, Weill Cornell Medical College

2017 Herrmann Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Third Year, Weill Cornell Medical College

2017 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College

2017 Senior List, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

2016 Second Year Teaching Award, Weill Cornell Medical College

2016 Herrmann Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Third Year, Weill Cornell Medical College

2016 2010 Elliot Hochstein Teaching Award, Weill Cornell Medical College

2016 Burton A. Sandok Visiting Professorship in Neurologic Education, Mayo Clinic

2016 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.

Credentials

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
  • Headache

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation Education Scholar - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Attending Neurologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Neurology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., New York University School of Medicine, 2002

Insurance

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 - HMO
  • AETNA - PPO
  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - HMO
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare

Locations and Appointments