Dr Gita Ramdharry is a Consultant Allied Health Professional in Neuromuscular Diseases at the Queen Square/ MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH. She is an Honorary Associate Professor at UCL and a Visiting Professor at Kingston University.
She has worked as a physiotherapist since 1995 and developed a special interest in neurology early on. She worked as a clinical physiotherapist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery from 2001 and moved into research at the UCL Institute of Neurology in 2004. She completed a PhD in 2008 looking at walking patterns, endurance and orthotic interventions for people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Following her PhD, Gita worked for nearly 11 years at the Faculty for Health Social Care and Education at Kingston University/St George’s University of London. While there, she was awarded an NIHR post-doctoral clinical research fellowship in 2010 for further research into Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease as a part-time honorary clinical lecturer at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH. She progressed to an Associate Professor and became the Director of Research for the School of Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care from 2016 to 2018.
Gita is a research supervisor to PhD, MRes, MSc students, plus HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Doctoral and PCAF fellows. Other roles include professional advisor to the CMTUK patient support group and Muscular Dystrophy UK; member of the Neuromuscular Physiotherapist Network; member of the editorial board for the journal Physiotherapy, a Deputy Chair for the HEE/NIHR ICA Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (DCAF) awards. She is co-editor on two Elsevier book titles for publication in 2018: “Physical Management of Neurological Conditions” and “Pocketbook of Neurological Physiotherapy”.
She also works in the area of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and is the Chair of the EDI committee for the Department of Neuromuscular Diseases at UCL Institute of Neurology and a member of the steering group for the Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) network at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. She is part of the Diversity Committee for the international Inherited Neuropathy consortium and is also leading work to develop recruitment strategies to increase diversity in participant recruitment in the Department of Neuromuscular Diseases, UCL.