COVID19 update: Where appropriate, Dr Sharma can see people in person or via video consultation.
I’m Nik Sharma and I am a Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology, Queen Square, London. I am also a Principal Investigator at UCL- my research programme explores the gut microbiome in addition to neuroplasticity and neurodegeneration of the motor system, details can be found here.
The National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery is the UK’s largest dedicated neurological hospital. ‘Queen Square’ is an internationally recognised centre of excellence. It is famous for the diagnosis and treatment of complex neurological disorders. Queen Square Private Consulting rooms works in partnership with the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery to provide high standards of care and expertise in neurological medicine.
I diagnose and treat people with a wide range of neurological disorders including;
General diagnostic neurology.
Headache, including migraine.
Movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease.
I have specific expertise in the early diagnosis of motor neurone disease (MND) or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) including benign fasciculation syndrome (BFS). This is a difficult diagnosis and I provide a comprehensive review and additional specialist investigations (when necessary).
I qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1998 and completed my general medical training at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds. In 2002, I became a member of the Royal College of Physicians before moving to the National Hospital to continue my neurology training.
In 2007, I was awarded a Ph.D by the University of Cambridge. My thesis examined neuroplasticity and neurodegeneration of the human brain. In other words, I explored how the brain changes to maintain or improve function.
After Cambridge, I spent a number of years working at the National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda, USA where I was awarded a prestigious NRSA fellowship. My research at NIH used state of the art imaging to explore how the human brain learns. We are also now exploring the connection between the gut microbiome and the brain.
Recent patient testimonials
"Thank you Dr Sharma for genuinely listening to all my concerns and taking the time to thoroughly explain my diagnosis. A very knowledgeable professional doctor. I feel like I am now in very safe hands. I would highly recommend booking a consultation with Dr Sharma."
“I usually do not give reviews but wanted to put my pen to paper to say a good word about Dr Sharma. We had a very productive meeting, he listened to all my complaints, paying attention to even minor details, after which performed a few tests and explained what is happening. We discussed a management programme and I left his office reassured and more positive.”
“Im normally not very good at writing reviews, but this has been the best doctors experience I've ever had.
Dr.Sharma listens and pays attention to details, and you immediately feel comfortable in the room. He has been so considerate, and really make sure to explain things properly and in a way so that you understand them.
“I would like to thank you [Dr Sharma] for the kindness and consideration that I received from you at Queen Square.”
“I really cannot thank you [Dr Sharma] enough for your help and intervention."
Frequently asked questions
How long are consultations?
Appointments for new patients are typically 40 - 60 mins long. This allows a detailed discussion of your concerns and symptoms. Letters are dictated in front of you to ensure the information is clear and accurate.
Do you see international patients?
Yes. I have the pleasure of seeing people from all parts of the globe. An initial consultation, investigations and review can be scheduled to fit in with a travel itinerary.
Where are the investigations performed? (i.e. blood tests, MRI Brain, NCS/EMG etc)
I enjoying teaching medical students, junior doctors, nurses and physiotherapists. Over the years I supervised for a number of Cambridge Colleges including Trinity.
I lecture on the Clinical Neuroscience MSc & Neuromuscular MSc at University College London.
On 4th June 2016, myself and other members of the MND team at the National Hospital of Neurology, Queen Square, London, cycled 100 km overnight as part of the Night Rider Challenge.We raised over £3000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
In 2017 & 2018, we cycled from London to Paris to raise money for the MND Association.
In 2019 we cycled from London to Geneva in 2019 to raise even more money for the MND association. We are planning something special for 2020!
Finally, you are likely to see me around Queen Square on my trusty Brompton bicycle.