Dr. Prithika Chary

Senior Consultant
M.B.B.S., M.D., D.M., Ph.D., M.N.A.M.S., M.Ch.
Neurology & Neuroscience
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Dr. Prithika Chary - Neurologist and a Neurosurgeon in Chennai

Brief Profile:

Dr. Prithika Chary stands as a pioneering figure in Indian medicine, distinguished as the first and only woman to hold qualifications as both a Neurologist and a Neurosurgeon. With an impressive career spanning over 45 years, she specializes in the treatment of a diverse range of brain-related disorders. Her expertise covers conditions such as stroke, epilepsy, dementia, parkinsonism, developmental delays in children, speech disorders, and aphasiology. Alongside her clinical practice, Dr. Chary has been an influential educator since 1974, mentoring postgraduates, undergraduates, as well as nursing and paramedical staff. She is also committed to public health, actively participating in awareness programs to educate the community about neurological conditions.

Academically, Dr. Chary holds a comprehensive set of qualifications including an MBBS, MD in General Medicine, DM and PhD in Neurology, MCh in Neurosurgery, and MNAMS in Neurology. Her primary areas of expertise are in Epileptology and Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology. Known for her compassionate approach, Dr. Chary prioritizes patient care, ensuring that her patients’ needs and comfort are always at the forefront during diagnosis and treatment. Her groundbreaking contributions to the field of neurology and neurosurgery have not only advanced medical practice but also paved the way for future generations of female neurologists and neurosurgeons in India.

Education: MBBS,MD(General Medicine), DM ( Neurology ) PhD ( Neurology), MCh ( Neurosurgery ) MNAMS ( Neurology)

Clinical Expertise & Services Offered:
  • Specialised in brain-related disorders like stroke, epilepsy, dementia, parkinsonism, developmental delay in children, speech disorders and aphasiology, cognitive and behavioural neurology
  • Sub speciality – Epilepsy – special expertise in treating epilepsy medically and surgically, all kinds of fits, seizures and faints
  • Also special expertise in developmental delay in children
  • Professional Experience:
  • Currently Senior Consultant Neurologist and Neurosurgeon and Chief Neurologist at Kauvery Hospital
  • Senior Consultant Neurologist and Neurosurgeon Apollo Hospitals Chennai 1990 to 2012 March
  • Senior Consultant Neurologist, Apollo hospitals from 1983 to 1990
  • Additional Medical Co-ordinator and In Charge, Apollo Clinic, Kotturpuram from 2006-2012
  • Assistant Professor Neurology Govt General Hospital, Chennai from 1974 to 1982
  • Completed MBBS in 1971 – Acquired all postgraduate degrees at first attempt  MD 1974, DM 1978 Ph.D. 1981 MCH 1990
Specialty experience
  • Physician since 1971/1974
  • Neurologist since 1978
  • Epileptologist since 1994
  • Neurosurgeon since 1990
Kauvery experience: Senior Consultant, Neurology and Neurosurgery and Epileptologist since June 2012
Normal procedures
  • Specialised comprehensive management of patients with epilepsy including medical, dietary and surgical treatment
  • Special interest and expertise in brain Neurology-Stroke, Parkinsonism, Dementia, Developmental disorders, Brain tumors, Neurocognitive disorders, Neurorehabilitation
Special procedures: Epilepsy surgery-Over 100 patients since 1998
Strength: Concern, Care, Compassion, Expertise, Experience handling every kind of complex neurological disorder since 1974 to date
Field of interest: Epilepsy, Stroke, parkinsonism, Dementia, Cognitive Neurology, Neurorehabilitation
Rare surgeries Epilepsy surgeries since 1998 to date
Future vision: To have a comprehensive epilepsy centre at Kauvery. Have offered to give my personal project EPICENTRE ( Epilepsy Institute & Centre for Treatment, Training, Research & Education) which has been functioning since 1998.
Personal Interests:
  • Rehabilitation of neurological patients
  • Photography
  • Reading
  • Singing
  • Poetry
  • Movies
  • Yoga
Social activities
  • Active member in many women’s groups
  • Intercultural women’s association-IWA
  • FICCI Ladies Organisation-FLO
  • Duchess Club
  • All ladies League
Languages Known:
  • English, Tamil – to speak, read and write
  • Telugu, Hindi – to speak and understand
  • Basic French and German – to read and understand

Area of Expertise:

  • Epileptology,
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology

Professional Membership:

  • Life member – Neurological Society of India,
  • Indian Academy of Neurology,
  • Indian Epilepsy Society,
  • Indian Epilepsy Association,
  • Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India ,
  • Indian Menopause Society,
  • Indian Medical Association,
  • Tamilnadu Association of Neurosurgeons,
  • Tamilnadu Association of Neurologists,
  • Women Neurosurgeons of India,
  • Women Neurologists of India.

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