Nigel S. Bamford

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology) and Neurology; Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Neurology; Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology; Director, Pediatric Movement Disorders Clinic; Chief, Section of Pediatric Neurology

Departments & Organizations

Neurology: Bamford Lab | Movement Disorders | Pediatric Neurology

Pediatrics: Pediatric Neurology

Yale Medicine


Dr. Bamford is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and Neurology. He attended medical school at the University of Utah and completed his residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical; Center, receiving specific training in general pediatrics and pediatric neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York and Columbia University. He received a professorship at Columbia University and later worked as a physician-scientist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. After spending 13 years in Seattle, he moved to Connecticut in 2015, where he cares for children with neurological disease at Yale University School of Medicine. As Section Chief of Pediatric Neurology, Dr. Bamford oversees a growing and expanding division that is dedicated to serving the children of New England.

Dr. Bamford is an NIH-funded physician-scientist who spends time investigating the cause and treatment of neurological diseases in children. Dr. Bamford specializes in the treatment of children with movement disorders and uses novel optical techniques, electrophysiology, and behavioral experiments in the laboratory to determine how part of the brain called the basal ganglia, encodes normal learning and disturbances in movement. The basal ganglia represent a part of the brain that is involved in a number of debilitating neuropsychological diseases, including Tourette syndrome, tic disorder, Parkinsonism, Huntington disease, and substance dependence. He is examining the synaptic mechanisms that underlie these diseases and is evaluating pharmacological alternatives that will help improve treatment for those in need.

Education & Training

BS University of Utah, Electrical Engineering (1988)
AS Salt Lake Community College, Electronic Technology (1984)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Movement Disorders Section, Neurological Institute
Resident, Pediatric Neurology Neurological Institute
Resident, Pediatrics Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
Intern, Pediatrics Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
Medical Student University of Utah School of Medicine
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology with Special Qual in Child Neurology (2000, recertified: 2010)

Honors & Recognition

  • Editorial BoardNature Parkinson’s Disease (2014)

  • Editorial BoardPediatric Neurology (2012)

  • Nominated, Family Choice AwardSeattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA (2011)

  • Nominated, Family Choice AwardSeattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA (2006)

  • Nominated, Family Choice AwardSeattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA (2004)

  • Young Investigator AwardChild Neurology Society (2002)

  • Teacher of the Year AwardDepartment of Pediatrics, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY (2002)

  • Nominated, Teacher of the YearDepartment of Pediatrics, Babies and Children’s Hospital, NY, NY (2001)

  • Neurological Sciences Academic Development AwardNIH (1997)

Professional Service

  • NIH Clinical Neuroplasticity and Neurotransmitters (CNNT) Study Section. Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group (2015)

  • NIH Neurotransporters, Receptors, and Calcium Signaling (NTRC) Study Section (2014)

  • Study Section. Medical Research Foundation, Medical Research Council (MRC), London, UK (2014)

  • Editorial Board, Nature Parkinson’s Disease (2014 - Present)

  • Editorial Board, Pediatric Neurology (2012 - Present)

  • International Child Neurology Association (2012 - Present)

  • Chair, Awards Committee, Child Neurology Society (2010 - Present)

  • American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorders Section (2010 - Present)

  • Catecholamine Club (2008 - Present)

  • Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Endowment Committee, Child Neurology Society (2007 - 2014)

  • Planning Committee Member, Child Neurology Society (2007 - Present)

  • Reviewer, American Medical Association Seed Grant Advisory Panel (2005 - Present)

  • Awards Committee Member, Child Neurology Society (2003 - 2010)

  • Washington State Medical Society (2002 - Present)

  • Child Neurology Society (2002 - Present)

  • American Academy of Neurology (2002 - Present)

  • Examiner, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Child Neurology) (2001 - 2008)

  • Society for Neuroscience (2001 - Present)

  • Medical Society of the State of New York – YPS Diplomat (2000 - 2002)


  • Movement Disorders Clinic New Haven, United States; Old Saybrook, United States (2015)

    Evaluation and Treatment of children with movement disorders

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Contact Info

Nigel S. Bamford
Mailing Address
333 Cedar Street
LMP 3088

New Haven, CT 06520

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