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Dr. Pramod Kumar Pal
Consultation in OPD

There is no appointment system at NIMHANS. Kindly see the following instructions, which may be useful to you if you want to consult me:

  1. If you are coming for first time at NIMHANS and want to consult me, I will be available in the Neurology OPD on Monday and Thursday. Both days the OPD starts at 8 AM on the first floor of OPD building.
  2. On Thursday, I see only a few patients and only if you are suffering from Movement Disorders (see below for details), if you have been referred to me by some doctor/hospital, or you have a prior e-mail communication with me in which I have told you to come on Thursday.
  3. If you would like to consult me (either for Monday and Thursday) you can write to me by e-mail ( You should mention the problems you are having/ diagnosis and which day you want to come [Monday or Thursday (only for Movement Disorders)]. I will let you know my availability and then you can come at 8 AM with a printout of the e-mail communication. Further details of the procedure once you reach NIMHANS are given below.
  4. Once you are seen by me either on Monday or Thursday and if a file is opened (a Neuro number will be allotted), your follow up visit at NIMHANS will be ONLY ON WEDNESDAY (8AM). Some follow up patients suffering from Movement Disorders are seen in the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic (PDMD clinic) which is held in neurology OPD on 1st and 3rd Saturday from 10 AM- 12 noon. However, prior appointment is needed and for that you can write an e-mail to me ( to find my availability.
  5. My availability for a particular OPD can be obtained by writing e-mail to or calling Neurology office at 080-26995150 during the office hours on any working day.
  6. My expertise include:
    1. Parkinson's disease and other parkinsonian syndromes which may include progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration, and other neurodegenerative syndromes)
    2. Multiple System Atrophy
    3. Frontotemoral dementias and other dementias associated with Parkinsonism
    4. Normal pressure Hydrocephalus
    5. Vascular parkinsonism
    6. Hallervorden-Spatz disease and other NBIAs (Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation)
    7. Spinocerebellar ataxias (including Freidriech’s ataxia, Ataxia telangiectsaia,etc.)
    8. Huntington’s disease
    9. Wilson’s disease
    10. Kernicterus
    11. Post-hypoxic movement Disorders
    12. Movement disorders associated with metabolic, mitochondrial disorders, and autoimmune disorders
    13. All types of tremor (essential, post-traumatic, post-encephalitic, post-stroke, drug-induced, etc.)
    14. All types of dystonias (writer’s cramp, generalized dystonia, torticollis (cervical dystonia), hemi-dystonia, dopa-responsive dystonias,etc.)
    15. Myoclonus
    16. Chorea, including Rheumatic chorea
    17. Ballismus
    18. Tics and Tourette’s syndrome
    19. Restless Legs Syndrome, periodic leg movements in sleep, REM behavior disorder of sleep (RBD), and other sleep problems in neurodegenerative disorders
    20. Higher order gait dysfunction
    21. Psychogenic movement disorders
    22. Genetics, epidemiology, and functional imaging of movement disorders and ataxias;
    23. Botulinum toxin injections (sometimes EMG guided) for dystonia, hemifacial spasm, spasticity, writer's cramp, drooling of saliva, excessive local sweating (hyperhidrosis), palatal myoclonus, certain types of headache (e.g. chronic migraine)
    24. Balance and gait training in ataxias, Parkinson’s disease
    25. Surgical treatment of movement disorders including deep brain stimulation (DBS), thalamotomy, and pallidotomy for Parkinson’s Disease, thalamotomy and DBS for tremor, and DBS and pallidotomy for dystonia.
    26. Electrophysiology (evaluation of tremor, myoclonus, dystonia, etc.) of movement disorders, transcranial magnetic stimulation (including TMS) and research in motor physiology
    27. Therapeutic applications of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for selected disorders (e.g. motor aphasia following stroke, writer’ cramp, Parkinson’s disease, migraine, etc.). However, this therapy is only in selected patients.
  7. The following are the general guidelines if you want to show me in Neurology OPD for the first time:
    1. Please bring a copy of the e-mail communication which you will have and show to the Assistant Public Relations Officer (PRO) near the enquiry counter (ground floor of NIMHANS OPD building) or Mr. Pulla Reddy-, Medical Records Officer and inform them that you want to consult me. You will then be directed to come upstairs to Neurology OPD, which you should come by 8 AM. [If you do not have a printout of this correspondence, you will be directed to get routine registration and then I may not be able to see you that day].
    2. The patient will be called after some time which will be determined by the slip number, age of patient, type of disease, severity of disease, languages known, and number of resident doctors and consultants available on that day in the OPD. Usually the patient will be first seen by a resident doctor and then after some time interval by a consultant. The whole process may go on till 2-3 PM.
    3. Also note, that as OPD is very busy, the time allotted is very less for each patient, and therefore if the patient needs to be seen in detail or need investigations, we may like to admit the patient, subject to availability of bed, for 7-10 days.
    4. Kindly note that the patient should take his normal breakfast and the medications he/she is supposed to take every day and NO NEED TO FAST.
    5. Only ONE relative will be allowed in the OPD, unless the patient needs two persons for help, for which you need to take permission from the attending doctor.
    6. Please bring all you past medical records, including the actual CT/MRI films if available.
    7. If you are a Foreign National you need to have a Valid Passport and appropriate Visa (such as Medical Visa) as stipulated by the Government of India. When you come to NIMHANS, please proceed to meet the Public Relations Officer/ Assistant Public Relations Officer and introduce yourself and show all you documents in original. Thereafter follow his guidance. Before coming to India, you can also get in touch with Medical Superintendent [Link] of NIMHANS for instructions/ help for obtaining consultation at NIMHANS/ Letter for Visa/ etc.







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