Cigdem I. Akman, MD

  • Professor of Neurology at CUMC
  • Chief, Division of Child Neurology
  • Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program
  • Director, Tuberous Sclerosis Program at CUIMC
Cigdem I. Akman, MD

Dr. Akman is a Professor of Clinical Neurology and Pediatrics of the Division of Pediatric Neurology, Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.

Dr. Akman was born and educated in Ankara, Turkey where she graduated with Honors from the School of Medicine, Ankara University. Dr. Akman completed her training in Child Neurology at State University of New York; and Clinical neurophysiology and Epilepsy at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, Dr Akman joined the Division of Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Epilepsy at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and participated in clinical education and patients' care until 2008. Between 2008 and 2010, Dr. Akman worked as the Director of Clinical Epilepsy Research at Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine. Dr Akman has re-joined the Division of Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Epilepsy as the Director of Pediatric Epilepsy in 2010.

Her clinical practice focuses on infantile and childhood epilepsy; epilepsy surgery and the treatment of refractory epilepsy in children.

Boards and other certifications:

ABPN – with added Qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology

ABPN – Epilepsy

Dr. Akman's clinical research has focused on childhood-onset epilpsy, epilepsy refractory to the medical treatment, epilepsy surgery and cognitive and behavioral problems associated with epilepsy. Dr Akman has published inpeer reviewed journals, in the area of medical treatment and diagnosis of childhood onset epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology to describe the EEG patterns in critically ill children.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Child Neurology

Languages Spoken

(in addition to English)

  • Turkish

Education & Training

  • Ankara University Medical School
  • Internship: Maimonides Medical Center
  • Residency: State University of New York - Downstate Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Boston


  • Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (Adult and Pediatric)

Contact Info


American Epilepsy Society

Child Neurology Society

Honors & Awards

Castle Connoly Top Doctors, 2013

Patients' Choice Rated & Awarded by patients, 2013

New York, Rated one of New Yorks Magazine's Best Doctor , 2013


Research Interests

  • Childhood-onset epilepsy

NIH Grants


    Sep 30 2009 - Jun 29 2015