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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Stroke medicine
Dr Rakshi has been a consultant Neurologist for nearly 20 years and has considerable experience in diagnosing and managing a very wide range of neurological disorders and problems. He graduated in 1988 at Aberdeen University where he first developed an interest in neurology and neuro-imaging working in the neurosurgical and neurology unit. The first Brain MRI scanner in the world was built at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Dr Rakshi believes the key to reaching the correct diagnosis is taking the time to listen to the patient and family. He therefore ensures there is plenty of time for taking a detailed history. He always keeps an open mind whilst considering the more serious and urgent diagnoses. He has a reputation for giving a clear explanation of the patient's neurological problem and how best to investigate and or manage it. He is frequently asked to provide a second opinion. Consequently many of Dr Rakshi's patients have seen several other consultants from a variety of specialities with their problems and symptoms before coming to see him. He prides himself on quickly organising investigations and providing detailed letters and reports in clear understandable language. His clinical approach is very simple, treat each patient the way you would want to be treated yourself. Therefore, he always tries to do the best for the individual patient and help in whatever way he can. You can review patient feedback at:
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Areas of interest
In no particular order: Parkinsons disease; Stroke; Memory problems and Dementia; Headaches and Migraine; Multiple Sclerosis; Dizziness and Vertigo; Neck and Lower back Problems; Epilepsy and Funny Turns/Faints; Weakness and fatigue; Numbness and tingling. I treat patients aged 18 yrs old and above. Therefore the whole adult age range.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Full time Private Practice since 2014
Formerly Honorary Consultant Neurologist National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London
Formerly Senior Lecturer in Neurology, University College Hospital, London
Consultant Neurologist Barnet General and Royal Free Hospitals Hospitals NHS Trust 2002-2013
Formerly Consultant to Marie Foster Multiple Sclerosis Centre (MS Society), Barnet.
Functional Brain Imaging/PET/SPECT
Lower back/Sacro-iliac joint pain
Dr Rakshi became interested in Brain imaging from his medical student days in Aberdeen where the first clinical MRI scanner in the world was built in the 1980s. He undertook his doctorate (MD) thesis on 3D functional (PET) imaging of the Brain in Parkinson's disease looking at dopamine (chemical neurotransmitter) loss throughout the brain. He also studied whether it was possible to slow down the progression of Parkinson's disease with drug therapy. He has since developed an interest in Dementia and undertook the first Amyvid (amyloid PET scan) in the private sector in 2013 to identify abnormally high levels of the amyloid protein found in Alzheimer's disease. Dr Rakshi is genuinely interested in a wide range of neurology research and regularly attends cutting edge conferences to keep him up to date with the latest developments.
Have a lovely wife, young daughter and sister along with a four legged friend
Travel - combining his passion for photography, scenery and animal wildlife. Has visited many countries including, Burma, India, Galapagos Islands and Kenya.
Football - Chelsea fan since 1969
Chess - played at junior national level
1st Neurologist to be invited to become a council member of the Psychiatry section of the Royal Society of Medicine
Essentials of Physical Health in Psychiatry - Textbook 1st Edition 2013
I have a number of publications on Parkinson's disease, Movement Disorders, Dementia as well as in General Neurology
Courses offered to GPs
Over the past 30yrs, I have taught and given numerous invited lectures Locally, Nationally and Internationally. This includes to secondary school students, medical students, junior doctors, colleagues, GPs, therapists, and pharmacists as well as directly to Patients groups. I have also organised a number of conferences including two international conferences for the Royal Society of Medicine. I have organised a GP neurology conference and visited GP practices to give talks on Neurology topics.
An Audit of Diagnostic Outcomes compared with Suspected Diagnosis from history and examination performed on 50 consecutive patients in 2017. Age range was 19 to 85yrs old. Females 58% Males 42% Under 50 58% over 50 42%.
Percentage of correct diagnoses 92% (46 out of 50 patients)
That is my predicted diagnosis turned out to be correct.
Percentage of unclear diagnosis 6% (3 out of 50 patients)
That is even after investigations it was not possible to make a neurological diagnosis
One patient (doctor) presented with symptoms compatible with MS knowing how patients with MS present and her scan was normal.
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians 2007
- MB ChB Aberdeen University 1988
- MD Aberdeen University 2003
- Parkisnon's Disease MRC/Hammersmith Hospital 1994-1998 1994
- Multiple Sclerosis centre Marie Foster Centre (UK MS Society) 2003
- Neuro-rehabilitation Unit National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery 2001
- Stroke Unit St George's hospital 2002
Reference number 3286393
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Member European Academy of Neurology (EAN) 2020
- GMC Full registration reference no 3286393 1989
- Council Member - Psychiatry Section Royal Society of Medicine 2015
Details of entry to specialist register
- GMC CCST Neurology, 2002
Affiliations / memberships
Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
Association of British Neurologists (ABN)
European Academy Neurology (EAN)
International Parkinson's and Movement Disorder Society (MDS)
World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR)
British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH)
- Platinum Medical Centre, Wellington Hospital,...
- 08:00 - 12:00
- 020 7483 5148
- Spire Bushey Diagnostic Centre WD6 3SU
- 08:00 - 13:00
- 020 8901 5555
Post treatment communication
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