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Gender: Male
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Neurological Surgery
1305 York Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10021
P: 212-746-4966 | F: 646-962-0118
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Specialties/Expertise

Board Certifications
  • Surgery, Neurological
Specialties
  • General Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Surgery
Expertise
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Movement Disorder
  • Spasticity
  • Parkinson's Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Implants
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia Surgery
  • Tremor
  • Spinal Opiate Catheter Implants
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Spinal Opiate Catheter Implant

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 [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Metro (Effective 1/1/2016)]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Charter]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Core]
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • United Health Care
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [HMO]

Education/Training

  • Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, 1993
  • M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, 1995

Honors and Awards

  •    1992 Albert Cass Traveling Fellowship
  •    1994 Saul R. Korey Award for Experimental Neurology, American Academy of Neurology
  •    Distinguished Housestaff Award, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center
  •    Fellowship Award, Medical Research Council of Canada
  •    2002 Elsberg Fellowship, The New York Academy of Medicine
  •    2002 Ellison Foundation, New Scholar in Aging Research
  •    2004 New York Magazine, "Best Doctors in New York" feature
  •    2004 Crain's "40 Under 40" Award
  • 2005 American Society for Gene Therapy Young Investigator Award
  • Biography

    Titles

    Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
    Weill Cornell Medical College

    Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery in Neurology
    Weill Cornell Medical College

    Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery in Otolaryngology
    Weill Cornell Medical College

    Associate Professor of Neuroscience
    Weill Cornell Medical College

    Biography

    Michael Kaplitt, PhD, MD specializes in neurosurgical treatment of movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia, using various surgical approaches including deep brain stimulation. He also specializes in surgery for intractable pain and spasticity, implanting devices such as spinal cord stimulators and spinal infusion pumps. He is also an expert in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and hydrocephalus, and perfroms general neurosurgery as well. He works with a team of specialists, including neurologists, neurophysiologists, neuropsychologists, brain imaging experts, physiatrists/therapists, and pain management specialists to provide superior care in all of these areas before, during and after surgery. Dr. Kaplitt is also an internationally recognized expert in gene therapy and molecular neurobiology, and he is a leading figure in the development of new technologies for improving or restoring brain function.

    Michael Kaplitt graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University in 1987 with a degree in Molecular Biology and Russian Studies. He enrolled in the Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program and received his Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology in 1993 from The Rockefeller University and his M.D. in 1995 from Cornell Medical College. Following his Neurosurgery residency and chief residency at Cornell, he completed a fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery with Dr. Andres Lozano at the University of Toronto prior to joining our staff as Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery in July 2001.

    His clinical activities focus upon using minimally invasive, stereotactic techniques for the treatment of functional disorders such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and epilepsy. He also uses surgical methods to implant devices such as spinal cord stimulators and opiate pumps to treat complex pain, and he is also an expert in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and hydrocephalus. Dr. Kaplitt has pioneered the use of gene therapy in the brain. He has published over 40 papers and has edited two books on this subject. He recently completed the first clinical trial of gene therapy for Parkinson's Disease for FDA approval, and his laboratory is actively researching mechanisms of cell death in diseases such as Parkinson's and Huntington's. Dr. Kaplitt is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Gene Therapy and he was named to Crain's 40 under 40 list for 2004.

    He currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals, and is Editor of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Web Site. He is also a member of the Weill Cornell Medical School Committee on Admissions. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Rockefeller University and Clinical Assistant Surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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    Dr. Kaplitt sees patients at:
    1305 York Avenue (at 70th Street)
    Brain and Spine Center, 9th Floor
    New York, NY 10065

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    Dr. Kaplitt in the News
    Promising Results from First Gene Therapy Clinical Trial for Parkinson's Disease Reported in The Lancet

    Dr. Kaplitt's Book
    Gene Therapy of the Central Nervous System: From Bench to Bedside

    Press Highlight
    Crain's New York Business' 40 Under 40 Feature of Dr. Kaplitt

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