Thomas M. Wisniewski, MD

About Me

Conditions and Treatments

Alzheimer's disease, cognitive disorder, dementia, lewy body dementia, memory disorders, frontotemporal dementia, prion disease, Jakob-Creutzfeldt syndrome, memory loss, cognitive impairment


  • Lulu P. and David J. Levidow Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurology
  • Professor, Department of Pathology
  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Director Aging and Dementia
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Pathology (Neuropathology), 1990
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Neurology, 1989
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Neuropathology, 1990
  • Residency, NYU Medical Center, 1988
  • MD from University Of London, 1983

Locations and Appointments

48 Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Indemnity
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Affinity
  • Affinity Exchange- Essential
  • Cigna EPO/POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • ElderPlan
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
  • HIP Access I
  • HIP Access II
  • HIP Child Health
  • HIP Medicare
  • HealthRepublic
  • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Humana Medicare
  • Local 1199 PPO
  • MagnaCare PPO
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan/PHCS PPO
  • NYS Empire Plan
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Exchange
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford Liberty
  • Oxford Medicare
  • UPN Elite
  • United Exchange- Compass
  • UnitedHealthcare Community & State Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
  • Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Medicare
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NYU Pearl Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment

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New York, NY 10016

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My Research

Dr. Wisniewski obtained his MD at Kings College School of Medicine in the UK. He did his Neurology and Neuropathology Residencies at NYU and Columbia-Presbyterian, respectively. He is a board certified Neurologist and Neuropathologist, who runs an active research laboratory focusing on neurodegenerative disorders, in particular the mechanisms which drive amyloid deposition in Alzheimer''s and prion related diseases. This work has led to over 240 peer-reviewed publications. An important aim of his work has been to direct this greater understanding toward therapeutic interventions. Key discoveries have included discovering the role of apolipoprotein E in driving amyloid deposition in late-onset AD. Dr. Wisniewski coined the term "pathological chaperone" to denote the role of apoE, even prior to the discovery of the linkage of apoE4 to late-onset AD. Dr. Wisniewski has also been developing strategies for the enhanced clearance of pathological conformations of both amyloid beta and tau proteins in AD using non-toxic, highly immunogenic proteins as "vaccines". This approach has been shown to be highly efficacious in several animal models of AD and prion diseases. He has also been working at using this immunomodulation approach for a broader list of neurodegenerative diseases, which are called "conformational disease". His work has shown that this approach delays the onset of disease in animal models of prion infection. Recent prion related studies have focused on testing a novel mucosal vaccine in white tailed deer to prevent chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD is an emerging, highly infectious prion disease affecting large numbers of cervids in the USA and Canada. Recent data suggests mucosal vaccination can give partial protection from CWD.


  • Localized proteomics of microdissected neurons in Alzheimer's disease [Meeting Abstract]

    Drummond, Eleanor; Nayak, Shruti; Ueberheide, Beatrix; Wisniewski, Thomas
    Journal of neuropathology & experimental neurology. 2015 JUN. 74 (6): 593-594

  • Genomic and Epigenetic Landscape of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy [Meeting Abstract]

    Faustin, Arline; Kannan, Kasthuri; Friedman, Daniel; Shroff, Seema; Thomas, Cheddhi; Karajannis, Matthias; Heguy, Adriana; Serrano, Jonathan; Wisniewski, Thomas; Zagzag, David; Devinsky, Orrin; Snuderl, Matija
    Journal of neuropathology & experimental neurology. 2015 JUN. 74 (6): 589-589

  • Mucosal immunization with an attenuated Salmonella vaccine partially protects white-tailed deer from chronic wasting disease

    Goni, Fernando; Mathiason, Candace K; Yim, Lucia; Wong, Kinlung; Hayes-Klug, Jeanette; Nalls, Amy; Peyser, Daniel; Estevez, Veronica; Denkers, Nathaniel; Xu, Jinfeng; Osborn, David A; Miller, Karl V; Warren, Robert J; Brown, David R; Chabalgoity, Jose A; Hoover, Edward A; Wisniewski, Thomas
    Vaccine. 2015 Jan. 33 (5): 726-733

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