Margaret M. Timmons, M.D. - Consultant Neurologist

Dr. Margaret Timmons is a board-certified neurologist (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) who joins the Amrita Medical Center with more than fifteen years' experience in clinical medicine and neuro-metabolic research. As a neurologist and internist, she offers expertise in the important aspects of neurology which interface with the other medical specialties.

Dr. Timmons has a wealth of expertise in the field of metabolic disorders that impact the human nervous system. In her subspecialty fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD. USA she participated in both patient care and research projects for several neuro-metabolic, neurodegenerative and leukodystrophy disorders. She was instrumental in (a) investigating and describing a novel neurogenetic disorder - The 4-H Syndrome, and (b) identifying the specific features of a familial encephalopathy with intracranial calcification.

Dr. Timmons' medical training is summarized as follows:

  • St Georges University School of Medicine and Watford General Hospital, Hertsfordshire, UK (medical school and clinical years: 4 years). Clinical electives were completed at St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin; St Mary's Hospital, Paddington and Queen Square Neurological Inst., London, England.
  • Internship/Residencies in Internal Medicine at Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA (3 years)
  • Neurology Residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC (3 years)
  • Fellowship: in Developmental and Metabolic Neurology Branch (DMNB) of National Institutes of Neurologic Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA (5 years)

Neurology focuses on the evaluation and treatment of all types of disease or impaired function of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, muscles and autonomic nervous system, as well as the blood vessels that relate to these structures.

However, neurologists must be familiar with a broad body of knowledge, encompassing not only General Neurology, but also Neuroimmunology, Neurophysiology, Neuro-radiology, Neurophthalmology, Neuro-rehabilitation and Neuropsychology.

Standards of care and treatment strategies have become more complex and sophisticated and Neurology, being a cognitive specialty involving complex and chronic illnesses, typically requires coordinated care with other specialties. As such, neurology is medical detective work. It requires enterprise to deliver high quality services which include careful history taking and clinical examination to elicit physical findings with tremendous utility for understanding how a disease functionally affects a person, for localizing, and for prioritizing the differential diagnosis.

Dr. Timmons views her role in general neurology as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of education as an integral part of its mission, and facilitate the patient's participation in understanding his/her condition in context of inter-related medical conditions that are potential (major) contributors to the neurological presentation.