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Christian Johannes Amlang, MD

Assistant Professor
Movement Disorders

Dr. Amlang is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. Dr. Amlang is from Germany where he grew up in the beautiful city of Dresden. He went to medical school at the Charité in Berlin as well as at the Université Paris Descartes and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. Fascinated by the field of movement disorders and the intersection between neurology and psychiatry in particular, he trained at various distinguished neurologic institutes around the globe including in Chicago, Dublin, Paris and Berlin. After medical school, Dr. Amlang completed residency at Jacobi Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital before joining Columbia University as a movement disorders fellow to finish his training. He is an avid reader and passionate traveler.

Dr. Amlang is a movement disorders specialist with a particular focus on functional movement disorder. He is collaborating with several medical professionals in the New York City area to establish a multidisciplinary clinic for functional movement disorder and functional neurologic disorder in general. His goal is to help create a space that is welcoming to and affirming of all individuals with functional neurologic disorder and to contribute to improving their quality of life. 

He is also trained in administering botulinum toxin injections for certain movement disorders such as dystonia.

His clinical interests include:

  • Functional movement disorder
  • Ataxia
  • Atypical types of Parkinsonism such as progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy and corticobasal degeneration
  • Chorea including Huntington’s disease
  • Dystonia including cervical dystonia and blepharospasm
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Tardive dyskinesias
  • Tics
  • Tremor including essential tremor


Patient Appointments

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Amlang at his movement disorders or functional neurologic clinic at Maimonides Medical Center, please call 718-283-7470 

Dr. Amlang’s research focus is to better understand the causes of functional movement disorder and functional neurologic disorder. What are the neurologic mechanisms that are underlying the various symptoms that individuals with functional neurologic disorder have? Dr. Amlang has several active research protocols that aim to explore different aspects of those underlying mechanisms.

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Dr. Amlang is also involved in a multidisciplinary initiative to improve care for individuals with functional neurologic disorder in the New York City area. As part of the initiative, we aim to expand our knowledge of which therapies and interventions are most effective to improve symptoms of functional neurologic disorder. We are therefore evaluating our treatment approaches and therapeutic results with rigorous research protocols.

Department Links

Department of Neurology