Professional background

Dr Michael Zandi MA MB BChir PhD FRCP is consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square and UCLH, London. He is honorary associate professor in the University College London Queen Square Institute of Neurology Department of Neuroinflammation.

He trained in medicine at Clare College, Cambridge, with part II in experimental psychology with Barry Everitt, and an elective period as externe in neurology at the Salpêtrière, Paris with Bertrand Fontaine. He completed specialist neurology training with an East Anglian Neuroscience Training fellowship in Cambridge, Norwich and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. He has a PhD in neuroimmunology (Cambridge), with time spent in the laboratories of Professor Alasdair Coles in Cambridge, and Professor Angela Vincent FRS at Oxford University. He was elected fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in June 2018.

He works on central and peripheral nervous system neuroimmunological diseases, particularly autoimmune encephalitis (eg. associated with NMDAR, LGI1 or related autoantibodies, COVID-19 neurology), with a broader research interest in all central and peripheral neuroimmunology, CNS vasculitis and amyloid related angiopathy, neurological involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus and related rheumatological conditions. He provides neurology input to the UCLH systemic lupus erythematosus clinic with Professor David Isenberg and colleagues in rheumatology.

He co-chairs a weekly Friday afternoon NHS National Hospital Encephalitis clinical meeting which takes referrals nationally. He runs two specialist neuroimmunology and encephalitis clinics a week, and one general neurology clinic a week, at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

With Drs Hadi Manji and Patricia McNamara he provides neurology input to the UCH post Covid/long covid service. This is an NHS multidisciplinary service for North Central London patients only and includes entry into research trials, and is not available privately at UCLH or QSPCR. We do not provide a long covid private service here, as patients benefit from a multidisciplinary assessment by respiratory, cardiology, neurology, haematology, neuropsychology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy colleagues with entry into research trials (for North Central London patients we recruit mainly to the STIMULATE-ICP study STIMULATE-ICP Understanding long COVID to improve diagnosis, treatment and care, and policy which does have national partners across the UK).


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