Department of Neurology


 The department of Neurology in SMVMCH is well equipped with doctor’s team (A full time qualified Neurologist and a Junior Resident doctor) and supported with Neurophysiological testing and other ancillary laboratory services and imaging services backup

Faculty List

SNo. Name Designation
1 Balachandran. M. Assistant Professor


Outpatient dept. (OPD) Services

Timings : Monday to Friday : 8.30 a.m. to 3.45 p.m

Saturday : 8.30 a.m. to 1.00 pm

Special Clinics

Neurophysiology lab services:

  • Electro-encephalography (EEG)
  • Electro-Neuro-Myography (ENMG)

Nerve conduction study (NCS) & electromyography (EMG)

  • Evoked potential studies

Cross referrals: from various departments for opinion and consultation

  • The different categories of neurological conditions like Headache, Epilepsy, Stroke, Neuropathies, and Movement disorders, Infectious diseases, Metabolic diseases, Neuro-degenerative etc. are looked after.
  • The department of Neurology gets wide amount of referrals from various departments within hospital like-General Medicine, Casualty ward, Pediatrics, ICU, ICCU, RICU, PICU, Orthopedics, OBGY, Ophthalmology as OPD or Bedside ward visit consultations.


  • General Medicine PG students’ case discussion, Seminars.
  • Lectures for MBBS UG students.
  • Demonstration of neurological signs to MBBS UG students in OPD.


S.No. Topic First Author Name of the Journals Link of the recognition in UGC enlistment of the Journal Date of Acceptance Date of Publication ISSN No. Name of the Indexing database Type
1. CYP2C19 & UGT1A6 genetic polymorphisms and the impact on Valproic acid-induced weight gain in people with epilepsy: Prospective genetic association study Balachandran Mani 1 Pradeep Pankajakshan Nair 2 Anamika Sekhar 3 Sadishkumar Kamalanathan 4 Sunil K Narayan 1 Ramasamy Kesavan 5 National Library of Medicine 07.10.2021 01.11.2021   Pubmed National
2. Interictal autonomic changes in persons with epilepsy (PWE) on carbamazepine (CBZ) versus other anti-seizure drug monotherapy: A cross-sectional study Jain S, Nair PP, Aghoram R, Wadwekar V, Wagh S, Balachandran M, Priya DI, Meher R, Nandwani S, Nair NS National Library of Medicine 14.11.2021 01.12.2021   Pubmed National
3. Macular Star and Choroidal Tubercles: A Rare Cause of Opticospinal Syndrome Elavarasi, A., Kasturi, N., & Mani, B Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences / Journal Canadien Des Sciences Neurologiques 19.06.2019 Sep 2019   Pubmed National
4. Vertical Diplopia: Skew Deviation and Medullary Lesion Elavarasi A, Mani B Ann Indian Acad Neurol 28.02.2019 25.10.2019   Wolters Kluwer -- Medknow National
5. Stroke in a Young Man With Nephropathy and Cardiac Thrombosis: An Uncommon Presentation of Antiphospholipid Syndrome Elavarasi A, Narayan SK, Parameswaran S, Srinivas BH, Mani B J Clin Rheumatol   01.12.2021   Pubmed National


  1. Platform presentation on research day at JIPMER –January 2020
  2. Platform presentation at SHINE 2019, CHENNAI
  3. Platform presentation at TANCON 2019, CHENNAI
  4. Platform presentation, JSS at JIPMER- September 2019
  5. Poster presentation IANCON 2019, HYDERABAD
  6. Platform presentation at IANCON 2021, BANGALORE


“Young Investigator” International award at 10th World Stroke Congress, 2016.


Neurocon 2019

Final Report

The one day CME programme Neurocon 2019 was conducted at Main Auditorium SMVMCH on 22.09.2019 from 8 a.m onwards. There were around 250 delegates from various colleges from Puducherry & Cuddalore district. UG students around 150 members & Postgraduates around 100 members attend the programme. We had preliminary round of quiz by written test at 8.30 to 9.00 a.m. followed by lectures. The inauguration was president by our honorable Chairman & Director. Lunch was provided and during that time we had poster presentation. Following lunch afternoon session started with UG quiz final round. 2 case presentations and finally PG quiz. At the end of the programme we had valedictory function. The event was conducted with funds raised from collecting registration fee of (Rs. 300 for UG &Rs. 500 for PG). The Extra amount required for conducting the programme was funded by Sun Pharma Company.

Organized & conducted

S.No. Date Nature of the Program Programme
1 12.02.2018 Day celebration “International Epilepsy day”
2 12.02.2018 Epilepsy quiz Epilepsy Day
3 15.02.2018 Guest lecture Epilepsy management

The Educational events: The celebration of an “International Epilepsy day”

On the occasion of the “International Epilepsy day” (on 12.02.2018 this year), Department of General Medicine and Neurology, SMVMCH organized and conducted two events, “Epilepsy quiz” & the “Guest lecture”with the great encouragement & the support of management team & the administration team.

The ‘Epilepsy quiz’ (intra-collegiate) had two rounds – the prelim was conducted on 12.02.2018 with registration of 68 participants from the pre-final MBBS, 18 students from the final year and interns’ batch, & 22 participants from PG students comprising Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, the total number of students crossing over hundred. The separate finals for UGs & PGs were conducted on 16.02.2018 and the top two teams were chosen as winners from UG & PG groups respectively. The response was great in the finals and the audience also got an opportunity to win prizes by answering difficult questions. The winners’ prizes were given by the Hon’ble Chairman in the presence of the Secretary, Director, Deputy Director.

The ‘Guest Lecture’ session was held on 15.02.2018, forenoon and it was delivered by Epileptologist Dr. Pradeep Nair. He is an additional professor & head of the dept, at JIPMER Neurology, Puducherry. The session consisted of the lecture on interesting topic of ‘When to start & stop anti-epileptic drugs’ and he also answered the queries of the audience post- lecture. The response was overwhelming.

The department of Neurology would like to greatly acknowledge the help and support of the management team, the administration team, Dept of Medicine & other departments, support staff, & the student council volunteers. All of these contributed in accomplishing this event with a great success.