Kiran Thakur, MD

Columbia University Irving Medical Center / New York Presbyterian Hospital

Dr. Kiran Thakur is an inpatient neurologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, with expertise in neuroinfectious diseases. Following her neurology residency training at the Harvard Neurology Residency Program, where she served as chief resident, Dr. Thakur completed post-doctoral fellowship training in neuroinfectious disease and neuroimmunology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital under the mentorship of Dr. Justin McArthur. Dr. Thakur’s research focuses on clinical and translational studies which aim to improve our ability to detect and manage emerging and re-emerging neuroinfectious diseases. She leads the post-doctoral neuroinfectious disease clinical research fellowship for physician-scientists from low income countries, and is the director of the neuroinfectious diseases program at Columbia. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Thakur has played a major clinical role in the hospital setting caring for COVID-19 patients. She has been heavily involved in ongoing multidisciplinary research efforts around COVID-19 in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and serves as co chair of the acute clinical care working group of the World Health Organization (WHO) Neurology and COVID 19 expert forum.


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