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This Column is Presented by Dr. Prithika Chary MD, DM, PhD, MNAMS,MCh.Consultant Neurologist, Apollo Hospital, Chennai. Director, EPICENTRE (Epilepsy Institute & Centre for treatment, Research &Education) (Other Positions)

  • Dr. Prithika Chary has been a Senior Consultant Neurologist since 1978 and a Consultant Neurosurgeon as well since 1990.

  • Having completed her MBBS in 1971 from the Government Kilpauk Medical College, she rapidly completed her MD in General Medicine in 1974, her DM in Neurology in 1978 and a PhD in 1981 becoming a triple doctorate, creditably, by the age of 35 years.

  • In addition she underwent training and completed her M Ch in Neurosurgery (Madras Medical College) between 1986 and 1990, becoming the first and only lady in India to be qualified as both a neurophysician and neurosurgeon.

  • She has been a Consultant in her speciality with the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai since its inception in the early 1980’s and is now the Chief of the Division of Epileptology since 1996 and the Director of EPICENTTRE (Epilepsy Institute and Centre for Treatment, Training, Research and Education), which she started in 1994.

  • She is a speaker, trainer and teacher in neurology and Neurosurgery of medical and paramedical professionals.

  • Public education on health and everyday applications of Mind/Brain functions is a passion with her, and she believes in simplifying this complex subject into easy understandable concepts.

  • She is skilled in NeuroLinguistic Programming, which she uses as an additional rapport-building tool, and in her healing.

  • She is active in various social and cultural organizations and a member of several professional bodies, both national and international.

  • Through NGOS like the Rotary Club of Madras Temple City, the Madras Management Association, the International Women’s Association, etc and on her own she has created several awards and is involved in social causes in the community, especially causes empowering and enabling girl children, women, the less able and the economically underprivileged.

  • She is also the founder trustee of the FRIENDS Trust (Foundation for Research and Information Exchange on Neurological Diseases) which does free epilepsy camps and organizes various lectures etc in neurology .

  • She is on the Executive and Managing Committee of several organizations like the Madras Management Association, the International Women’s Association, the Indian Epilepsy Association, the Association of Physicians of India, etc.

  • She is the recipient of the Kshanika Oration Award for outstanding woman scientist of the year from the Indian Council for Medical Research, a national award for her pioneering PhD work in multilingual aphasia in 1982.

  • She has also received the L.V.Ramiah award for being the only lady in India who is both neurophysician and neurosurgeon and the Stree Ratna award from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for constructive contribution to the nation in the field of Neurosciences.

  • In 2001 she received the “Humanitarian Award” from the Indian Red Cross, Chennai chapter for the health awareness camps she conducted in the various parts of Chennai over two years.

  • In college she has been the recipient of certificates of merit in Forensic Medicine and Ophthalmology, and won the Leprosy prize as well as medals in shotput, javelin and discus throw and athletics in intercollegiate competitions.

  • She was adjudged as the best NCC cadet of the year in the Medical Corps in 1966 and left the NCC in the rank of Company Sergeant Major.

Present Positions:

  • Consultant Neurologist, Apollo Hospital, Chennai since 1983 and continuing.
  • Consultant Neurosurgeon, Apollo Hospital,Chennai since 1990 and continuing.
  • Consultant Neurologist and Neurosurgeon,Apollo Neuro Hospital, Chennai 600 035 since 1996 and continuing.
  • Director, EPICENTRE(Epilepsy Institute & centre for treatment, Research &Education) since 1994 & continuing.
  • Chief, Division of Epileptology, Apollo Hospital,Chennai 600006 since 1995 & continuing.
  • Consultant Neurologist , Specialist Panel , Indian Air Lines , Chennai -27 since 20.04.98 & continuing.
  • Approved PhD Guide S.No.132, The Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical University (Apollo Hospital ,Dept. of Neurosciences since 1993).
  • Chief Investigator in Chennai for multicentre open label study on Tiagabine –A new add on Antiepileptic drug. Under sponsorship of Novonordisk /Sanofi torrent.

Contact Details :

Apt 1A, PADUKA, 9, 1st Cross Street,
C.I.T. Colony, Mylapore,
Chennai 600004.
Phone : 4997878/4992310
Email : prichar@vsnl.com
Work Phone : 8293333/8290200 Extn Neuro OP



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