HD Spotlight in Asia
Dr. Bhimsen Singhal – Founder of the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Society in India
Dr. BhimSen Singhal is the Director of Neurology at Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences in Mumbai, India. Although there are existing organizations for neurological illnesses like Cerebral Palsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and Stroke, Dr. Singhal is concerned that there were none actively advocating for the cause of Parkinson’s or other motor disorders. During the fourth annual meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) Working Group for Parkinson’s in 2000, he founded the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Society (PDMS) with experts from Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Nashik, Pune, Goa, Bhavnagar and Bengaluru pledging to help the cause. Along with its team of neurologists, psychologists, physiotherapists and various medical, allied medical and fitness professionals, PDMDS has extended its reach to cities throughout India. From the many invitations, PDMS has received worldwide recognition.
Medical Degree and Training
After attending school at Mount Abu and premedical studies at Maharaja’s College in Jaipur, he studied medicine at the Grant Medical College and Sir. J.J. Group of Hospitals in Mumbai. He obtained his medical degree 1956 and residency in 1959. After his initial training in Neurology in Mumbai, he went abroad for further training at the UCL Institute of Neurology in London. During his training in the United Kingdom, he obtained training certificates from Edinburgh and London in the early 1960s. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Edinburgh in 1973 and Fellow of the Royal College of London in 1985.
Over the course of his professional life, Dr. Singhal has trained over 200 neurologists who are now providing care across India. He has published over 200 scientific papers in both national and international books and journals. He is known for his interest and work in Parkinson’s disease and other motor disorders like Huntington’s disease.
He was the president of the Neurological Society of India (1986), president of the Indian Epilepsy Association (2000-2002), member of the WHO working group for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, regional director for the World Federation of Neurology (2005-2009), and chairperson of the Asian Section of The Movement Disorder Society (2009-2010). In order to update neurologists on recent advances in neurology, Dr. Singhal created the ‘Neurology Foundation’ in 1996, and holds ‘Neurology Update’ meetings every alternate year.
Dr. Singhal established the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Society in 2001, which he now serves as Honorary Secretary. This society has been acknowledged as a model for developing countries by organizations like the World Parkinson’s Congress and the World Federation of Neurology.