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 Neuromuscular Diseases.

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.

He co-chairs a weekly Friday afternoon encephalitis clinical meeting (since April 2020 this is combined with the UCL Queen Square National Hospital COVID-19 neurology and encephalitis meeting) which takes referrals nationally. With Drs Hadi Manji and Patricia McNamara he is running a COVID-19 neurology service with rapid access clinic and follow up. 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.

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