Christopher James Elder, MD

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology at CUMC
Christopher James Elder, MD

Christopher Elder, MD is an assistant professor of neurology at CUMC, in the Division of Epilepsy and Sleep. Dr. Elder completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware then attained his MD from Drexel University College of Medicine. He completed his intern year at Georgetown University Hospital followed by residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, where he was a chief resident. Dr. Elder completed fellowship in Neurophysiology/Epilepsy at UCLA Seizure Disorder Center. Dr. Elder has training in the diagnosis and management of diverse neurological illnesses, specializing in seizure disorders and epilepsy. He sees patients at the Neurological Institute of New York and ColumbiaDoctors Midtown locations.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Epilepsy and Sleep

Board Certifications

  • Neurology

Areas of Expertise

  • Epilepsy
  • Epileptic Seizures
  • Seizures

Education and Training

  • MD, 2013 Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Internship: 2104 Georgetown University Hospital
  • Residency: 2017 NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Fellowship: 2019 UCLA

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NYP Employee Plan, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • AgeWell [Medicare Managed Care, Special Needs Plan]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Capital District Physician Health Plan [Capital District Physician Health Plan]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO, Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Leaf (Exchange), Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • MVP Health Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth, Special Needs Plan]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-1742

Honors and Awards

Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2014

NYU Department of Neurology Resident Physician Teaching Award, 2017


Elder C, Friedman D, Devinsky O, Doyle W, Dugan P. Responsive neurostimulation targeting the anterior nucleus of the thalamus in 3 patients with treatment‐resistant multifocal epilepsy. Epilepsia Open. 2019;4:187-192. 10.1002/epi4.12300

Elder C, Hainline C, Galetta SL, Balcer LJ, Rucker JC. Isolated Abducens Nerve Palsy: Update on Evaluation and Diagnosis. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2016 Aug;16(8):69. doi: 10.1007/s11910-016-0671-4. Review. PubMed PMID: 27306521.

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