Movement Disorders Surgery Center

The Center for Movement Disorder Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center was established in 1998. The Center is a collaboration between the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery. Its primary mission is to provide advanced state-of-the-art neurosurgical treatments for patients with disabling neurological disorders including:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Essential tremor
  • Dystonia
  • and other Movement Disorders (i.e. Tourette Syndrome, OCD, Tardive Dyskinesia)

In the last 8 years, major advances in the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease, tremors and dystonia were developed. To meet the growing demand for comprehensive, state-of-the art care, our center has brought together personnel and resources to create one of the most comprehensive movement disorder surgery programs in the United States. In the process, The Center for Movement Disorder Surgery has developed into one of the busiest and most experienced centers for deep brain stimulation techniques. Our surgeons perform approximately 50 deep brain stimulation implantations annually, and our clinical experience, to date, approaches 4 hundred operated patients.

The Center for Movement Disorder Surgery provides complete care to all patients through every stage of the surgical procedures, from patient education and pre-operative screening, to intra-operative brain mapping and surgery, to careful post-operative care and stimulator adjustments.

Located at the Neurological Institute of New York on the medical campus of Columbia University, surgeries are performed at the Milstein Hospital building of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia.

Meet Dr. Blair Ford and Dr. Guy McKhann's patient, Cynthia. She tells us the terrific story of how she met these doctors and what they did to help her.


Meet Dr. Blair Ford and Dr. Guy McKhann's patient, Guy. He tells us about the "miracle" DBS surgery that the doctors performed due to his Parkinson's disease.