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DR. KUNAL BAHRANI

MBBS, MD, DM (AIIMS), FEBN (Europe), MRCP (Neurology-UK)

Dr. Kunal Bahrani (MBBS, MD, DM (AIIMS), MRCP (Neurology-U.K), Fellowship: European Board of Neurology (FEBN)-Vienna, Austria) FRCP (Glasgow) is a Director and HOD Neurology at Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad. He has vast experience of 15 years in the field of Neurology. Dr. Kunal did his MBBS & MD in General Medicine from the prestigious Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Later on pursued his DM Neurology at India’s Premier Medical Institution-AIIMS New Delhi. He is among one of the few Neurologists & only Neurologist in Faridabad / NCR who has been accredited with the international gold standard qualification “MRCP-SCE Neurology” from the Federation of Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom (UK) & Fellowship of European Board of Neurology “FEBN”. He is a Fellow physician (FRCP) in Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG). He is an expert in a comprehensive range of Neurological Disorders such as Thrombolysis in Acute Stroke, Botox Therapy including Migraine, Epilepsy, Headache disorders, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, muscle diseases, neuropathy, sleep disorder, neuro-otology, neuro-ophthalmology, spine disorders, etc. Dr. Kunal is an active Member of the Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN). American Academy of Neurology (AAN) & Association of British Neurologists (ABN). He has numerous complex cases to his credit.

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Dr. Kunal Bahrani

Director & Head  Neurology, FORTIS Faridabad

Director Neurology Mediclub Gyne “N” Neuro Clinic

 

Career Timeline 

    • March 2022- Present: Fortis Hospital Faridabad – Director & Head of Department  (HOD) Neurology 
    • August 2023- Present: ESIC Medical College, Faridabad – Adjunct Professor Neurology 
    • February 2018 – March 2022: Asian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Faridabad – Associate Director HOD Neurology, Senior Consultant
    • June 2017 – February 2018 – National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Manesar – Clinical Assistant Professor
    • June 2017 – February 2018 – Paras Hospital Gurgaon –Senior Consultant & Unit Head
    • January 2015 – June 2017 – Asian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Faridabad – Consultant Neurology & Unit Head
    • January 2012 – December 2014: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi – Senior Resident Neurologist 
    • June 2011 – December 2011: Vardman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC) & Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi – Senior Resident Neurology 

Achievements

    • 2023: Awarded with Best Neurology Trailblazer Award of the Year & also successfully moderated session at National Stroke Conclave 2023, Ahmedabad, October 2023.
    • 2023: Awarded with ‘Diamond Stroke Angels Award’ by WSO President as a Principal Investigator (PI) for Acute Stroke Management at GSA Conference, G20 Summit.
    • 2023: Holds the honourable title of Most Trusted Neurologist in Delhi, NCR, given at APJ Abdul Kalam Inspiration Awards, Vigyan Bhawan.
    • 2023: As India’s top Senior Neurologist, received the honour of being an esteemed part of the Top 10 Indian Neurologist 2023 List by Silicon India Magazine list.
    • 2023: Received the Fellowship of Royal College of Physician Diploma from FRCP Glasgow.
    • 2021: Best Neurologist Dainik Jagran Ayushman Award for Excellence in Healthcare & Medical Services by Union Minister, Delhi
    • 2020-21: Invited as a Speaker on various Indian News Channels, Platforms & got various Newspaper articles published on complications of COVID-19, Mucormycosis (Fungal Infection) & management of other complex health issues.
    • 2017: Invited as a Speaker on the topic “Stroke & Atrial Fibrillation” in India’s 1st Atrial Fibrillation & Ventricular – Arrhythmia State of Art Symposium, conducted by SSPHPGI, Noida, Delhi.
    • 2014: Presented on the topic “Telephonic Review for Outpatients with Epilepsy – A Prospective Randomized, Parallel- Group Study” at 10th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress (AOEC), Singapore.
    • 2014: Bagged Bursary Award from ILAE/IBE Congress to attend & present study on “Feasibility, Patient Acceptability & Efficacy of Follow-up of Stable Epilepsy Patients by Phone – A Randomized Controlled Study” at 10th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress (AOEC), Singapore. Also, received a financial grant from ICMR for a Dissertation titled “Feasibility, Patient Acceptability & Efficacy of Follow-up of Stable Epilepsy Patients by Phone – A Randomized Controlled Study” done as a part of thesis work at AIIMS, New Delhi.

Academic Background

    • 2021: International Board Exam- European Board of Neurology 2021 (UEMS-EBN)
    • 2020-21: Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) Neurology – Royal College of Physicians of the UK Member (MRCPUK)
    • 2014: D.M. (Neurology) from AIIMS, New Delhi
    • 2011: M.D. (Internal Medicine) from Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, with 61%
    • 2006: M.B.B.S. from Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi with 65.25%
    • 2000: 12th from Boys High School, I.C.S.E, Allahabad with 78%
    • 1998: 10th from Boys High School, I.C.S.E, Allahabad with 74%

National & International Prestigious Lifetime Membership Held:

    • Fellow of the European Board of Neurology (FEBN)
    • Royal College of Physicians UK (RCPUK)
    • American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
    • Association of British Neurologists (ABN)
    • Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN)
    • The Movement Disorder Society (MODS)
    • Delhi Neurological Association (DNA)
    • Indian Stroke Association (ISA)
    • Alumni of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
    • Alumni of Institute of Medical Sciences BHU (IMS), Varanasi

The following conditions are treated by Dr. Kunal Bahrani:

    1. Treatment of Epilepsy / Seizures
    2. Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease / Tremor
    3. Treatment of Headache / Migraine
    4. Treatment of Memory loss / Dementia
    5. Treatment of Paralysis / Stroke
    6. Treatment of Dizziness / Vertigo
    7. Slowness or Unsteadiness during walking
    8. Pain or weakness in any part of the body.

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    The first appointment with your neurosciences doctor will include questions around your present condition and past medical history. It is required that you bring along all necessary documents like blood reports or a cardiac report, medications that you are taking and a list of questions you want to ask your neurologist. It is possible that your doctor can schedule a physical examination to examine your sensory and motor functions. Try wearing loose fitted clothes for a closer evaluation.

    The neurological disorders primarily include diseases of:

    Spinal cord
    Brain
    Nerves
    Muscle
    The disorders are:

    Stroke
    Epilepsy
    Migraine/ Headaches
    Prankison's
    Multiple Sclerosis
    Brain Tumors
    Brain Injuries
    Alzheimer’s
    Degenerative Spine Disorders
    Slip Discs
    Spinal Injury
    Spinal Tumour, Spinal Deformities
    Sudden numbness or weakness
    Loss of hearing or speech difficulties
    Confusion
    Poor cognitive skills
    Double vision
    Difficulty in vision
    Seizures
    Difficulty in walking
    Severe Headache
    Bladder/ Blood Dysfunction
    It is important to evaluate a stroke patient by doing either a CT scan or MRI of brain in the first 3 hours. For occlusive strokes, the clot bursting medication has to be administered within 3 to 4.5 hours of its onset. The urgency of the stroke has to be understood as some patients might require lifesaving surgery.
    Treatment and outcome of treating stroke entirely depends on how early are the patients bought to the hospital. It has been observed that the percentage of acute stroke patients arriving within the “Window Period” has significantly increased, causing more and more patients to be eligible for THROMBOLYTIC THERAPY. It is a treatment done to dissolve the clots in the blood vessels in order to improve the blood flow and avoid damage to the tissues and organs.
    This therapy provides a likelihood of recovery in about 40-50% patients, witnessing that there is a standard protocol for both Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke with all advanced forms of treatment.
    When the stroke patient returns home from the hospital, usually there is an excitement seen amongst the family members and relatives. Since the patient is aware that he will not be able to perform the tasks he used to before the stroke, it is best that the caregivers do not express their emotions on how they seem it is unfair. Even cheerful comments like how independent or strong he is, can backfire and make the person feel depressed. Often seen, that if the stroke occurs at a mature stage in life, it is difficult for the person to endure it. Slowly, the anguish and anger can creep inside the stroke patients and make them more frustrated.
    No, spine surgery has a success rate of 92-95%. It is indicated for conditions like disc prolapse, spinal canal stenosis and spinal instability, Spine tumours, when the symptoms and signs pertaining to above conditions match the MRI findings.
    However, in the absence of neurological deficit like weakness in the limbs, loss of sensation, bowel/bladder disturbances, you should opt for a trial of adequate conservative management- the period of which is normally 3 weeks to 3 months. Conservative therapy can be in the form of analgesics, physiotherapy and lifestyle changes. Despite that, if the pain persists or if there is progression of symptoms, then surgery is advised. Indications for surgery include:
    Onset of a new neurological deficit.
    Bowel / Bladder problems
    Failure of adequate conservative trial
    Neurogenic intermittent claudication (pain, tingling & numbness in legs while walking)
    Intractable back pain interfering with activities of daily living.
    As you get older, your spinal discs start to lose their water content, making them less flexible and more likely to rupture. A slipped disc occurs when the outer case of the disc splits, resulting in the gel inside to bulge out of the disc. The damaged disc can put pressure on the whole spinal cord or on a single nerve. A slipped disc can cause pain both in the area of the protruding disc and in the area of the body controlled by the nerve that the disc is pressing on. Smoking also plays a role as it causes the discs to lose their natural flexibility. There are a number of factors that can put increased pressure and strain on your spine. These include:
    bending awkwardly
    Jobs that involve heavy or awkward lifting
    Jobs that involve lots of sitting, particularly driving
    being overweight or obese
    Weight bearing sports, such as weightlifting
    A traumatic injury to your back, such as a fall or accident
    An initial treatment will usually involve a combination of physiotherapy and medication to relieve the pain. Though in some severe cases like if the pain continues for more than 6 weeks, surgery may also be recommended to release the compressed nerve and remove a part of slipped disc.
    Delivered by several other devices like Cyberknife, Gamma Knife, Novalis, Primatom, X-Knife, Clinac IX, Synergy, TomoTherapy or Triology, it is a specialized type of external beam radiotherapy that targets very precisely at the tumor. This technique is suitable only for small and well defined tumors. The advantage of this radiotherapy is that it delivers the right amount of radiation to the cancer in a shorter amount of time than traditional treatments. Detailed imaging, computerized three dimensional treatment planning and precise treatment to deliver the radiation dose with extreme accuracy (i.e. stereotactically) is used for the treatment. A customized holder mask may be used to keep the body perfectly still during the treatment, or the treatment machine may have the ability to adjust the patient motion such as during breathing.
    High or uncontrolled blood pressure can cause your blood vessels to rupture, leak or become narrow. It can also lead to the formation of blood clots in your brain, thereby restricting the blood flow and causing a stroke. The patient can sometimes also have a mini-stroke (Transient Ischemic Attack- TIA) that restricts the blood supply to the brain. This attack is often a warning that you are at a risk of a getting a serious stroke
    Surgery is done if seizures occur in a small area of brain and does not interfere with your language, speech, hearing and vision. In case the seizures occur in that portion of brain that controls your speech, movement and cognitive abilities, the doctor will keep you awake during the surgery. They will keep asking you questions during the procedure. If the seizures occur in that part of brain from where it cannot be removed, your surgeon will do a multiple subpial transection (i.e. making several incisions in your brain)- this is primarily done to prevent seizures in spreading to the other parts if brain.
    The cause of Parkinson's Disease is still unknown, although there is some evidence for the role of genetics, environmental factors (heavy metals, pesticides, head injury) or a combination of both. Directly inheriting the disease is quite rare. Only about 10 to 15 percent of all cases are genetic. The predominant symptoms that you can witness are:


    • Tremor (shaking of limbs)

    • Bradykinesia(slowness of activities)

    • Change in gait (walking)

    • Instability or tendency to fall and rigidity

    • Stooped posture



    The progression of these symptoms is variable in each patient and usually extends over 5-10 years. People with Parkinson's who seek expert care have better outcomes. They are at a lower risk of complications, have a better quality of life and even live longer. Parkinson’s is a life altering disease but not life threatening. If left untreated it can negatively impact the quality of life.
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