Dr. Paola Nicolaides MB, CHB, MRCP, FRCPCH, CCST(UK)
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist - Epilepsy Specialist
Dr Paola Nicolaides is the co-founder with the later Dr Stavros Hadjiloizou of the Cyprus Paediatric Neurology Institute (CPNI) and now the sole director of the Institute currently housed at the American Medical Center, Strovolos, Nicosia. Until her return to Cyprus in September 2007 she held the post of Consultant Paediatric Neurologist / Epileptologist, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Great Ormond Street Children’s’ Hospital, and the Institute of Child Health, University College Hospital, (UCL), London, UK.
Dr Nicolaides graduated from the Victoria University of Manchester, UK. She trained in Paediatrics in the UK and in obtained the MRCP. She became a full member (MRCPCH) and later on a fellow (FRCPCH) of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK. Between 1991-97 she undertook her specialist training in Paediatric Neurology and in 1997 obtained the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST). During those years she held the posts of Clinical Medical Officer, Registrar & Senior Registrar in Paediatric Neurology at Great Ormond Str. Children’s Hospital, Manchester Children’s NHS Trust and at The Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust.
In 1998 she was appointed to a Consultant Paediatric Neurology post at the Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust and in Jan 2004 was appointed to the post of Consultant Paediatric Neurologist / Epileptologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London. In September 2007 she returned to Cyprus with 16 years experience in Paediatric Neurology to take on the post of Senior Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at the CPNI, Nicosia, Cyprus.
For the first 7 years she held a contract with the Ministry of Health in Cyprus that enabled her to provide care to patients entitled to the National Health System in Cyprus and held a visiting scientist status at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) and had an affiliation with the Makarios Hospital, Nicosia.
Dr Nicolaides’s name appears on the Specialist Register in the UK where she is recognised as a fully trained Specialist in Paediatric Neurology. She has a special interest and expertise in Epilepsy, neuromuscular and neurometabolic disease. She is a member of the GMC, BPNA, EPNS, the ILAE (Cyprus Chapter), the Pancyprian Medical Organization, the Cyprus Paediatric Society and President of the Cyprus Paediatric Neurology Society and a Board Member of the ADHD, Cyprus Support Group.
Dr Nicolaides has also been actively involved in the foundation of the University of Nicosia (UNic) Medical School and the delivery of the MBBS4 St George’s University of London Medical Programme by the university. She has been appointed as Clinical Associate Professor at UNic Medical School and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the St George’s University of London Medical School. As an active faculty member she holds the post of Personal and Professional Development Theme Lead, Professionalism Lead, Doctor as a Professional Domain Lead, and Paediatric Curriculum Lead and remains actively involved with curriculum review and medical student teaching.
Dr. Nicolaides is involved in several research projects is well published and has presented her work in the UK, Europe and Cyprus.