Stanley Fahn, MD is the H. Houston Merritt Professor of Neurology and Director of the Center for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders at Columbia University. He is the Scientific Director of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. He has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Dystonia Clinical Medical Research Foundation and is currently a lifetime honorary member of its Board of Directors. Dr. Fahn had served as the founding director of the Dystonia Clinical Research Center at Columbia University, funded by this foundation. He previously served on the Medical Advisory Board of the Myoclonus Research Foundation, the Scientific Advisory Board of American Parkinson's Disease Association, and chaired the Medical Advisory Board of the Committee to Combat Huntington Disease. He currently chairs the Parkinson's Community Research Advisory Council of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research. He was Vice President, subsequently President Elect, and was then President of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) from 2001-2003. He has served as Second Vice President of the American Neurological Association. He served on several committees, including chairman of some, for both these professional organizations. He founded and served as the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Movement Disorder Society, an international organization of professionals active in this subspecialty. After its constitution was approved, he was elected its first president. He was the founding co editor of the journal Movement Disorders, and served in this capacity for the first 10 years of the journal's existence, until 1996. He has also served as Associate Editor of Neurology for 10 years. He is a member of the World Federation of Neurology Working Group on Extrapyramidal Diseases. Dr. Fahn has twice served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs for the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Fahn organizes and lectures in the annual course on Movement Disorders held in Aspen, Colorado, each summer. He organized the course on Movement Disorders for the AAN's self improvement program, Continuum. He also organized and chaired the first series of Movement Disorder courses at the AAN's annual meeting beginning in 1986 and has lectured in this course every year for more than 10 years, as well as a number of other courses at the AAN. He also founded the Unusual Movement Disorders Seminar at the AAN in 1981 and organized this seminar annually until he stepped aside after the 2001 seminar. Dr. Fahn has published many scientific papers on Parkinson disease and other movement disorders. In December 2002, he was listed as one of the most highly cited authors by the Institute of Scientific Information. He has been invited to write reviews and chapters and to lecture nationally and internationally on the diagnosis, classification and treatment of a variety of movement disorders. He participated in the development of rating scales for Parkinson's disease, dystonia, tremor and Huntington disease. He organized and executed the development of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) and modified and popularized the use of the Schwab England ADL score for global severity of this disease. Both of these rating scores are used world wide, the former to determine the severity of Parkinson disease (PD), and the latter as a measure of quality of life. For dystonia, he co developed with David Marsden the Fahn Marsden rating scale; for Huntington disease he co developed the Shoulson Fahn rating scale, and for levodopa-induced dyskinesias, the Lang-Fahn Dyskinesia ADL scale....See Less
Dr. Fahn's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Neurology
Board certified in Neurology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Fahn's Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Anterior Horn Disease
Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
Chorea (Excluding Huntington's Chorea)
Difficulty With Walking
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
Restless Leg Syndrome
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for New York.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of California, San Francisco, School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1958
New York Presbyterian Hosp Columbia Univ Medical Ctr
Internship Hospital | Completed 1959
New York Presbyterian Hosp Columbia Univ Medical Ctr
Residency Hospital | Completed 1962
National Institute of Health
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1968
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Fahn has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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