Being inspired, mentored and supported by neurological leaders has influenced Dr Shruthi Kamath’s career.  

After completing her post-graduate training (Doctor of Medicine, Neurology) in India in 2017, Dr Kamath moved to Australia with her husband and family. To pursue her career in Neurology, she joined the Perron Institute clinic and Fiona Stanley Hospital in 2020 as a Senior Registrar/Fellow to eventually obtain FRACP in early 2021. 

Now, as a Consultant Neurologist, she provides specialty multiple sclerosis (MS) clinics at the Perron Institute. She has been supporting several clinical research projects being conducted at the Institute including Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease and MS. She also works as a visiting neurologist providing General Neurology and stroke services at Bunbury Regional hospital and as a stroke consultant at Fiona Stanley Hospital. She is also part of a team of telestroke consultants providing a statewide telestroke service.  

“During my neurology training in India at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, I was honoured to work with many prominent Indian neurologists. Among them are Professor Sudesh Prabhakar (dementia, stroke and migraines), Professor Vivek Lal (neuro-ophthalmology and migraines), Professor Dheeraj Khurana (stroke and multiple sclerosis), Professor Parampreet Kharbanda (epilepsy) and Professor Manish Modi (neuroinfections particularly CNS tuberculosis),” Dr Kamath said.  

“At the Perron Institute, everyone has been supportive and accommodating, especially Sue Walters.  

“Professor Merrilee Needham has been very encouraging, particularly when I started working in the WA health system. She has inspired me with her energy and enthusiasm. I appreciate Dr Darshan Ghia and Professor Alan Kermode for guiding me on my path to achieve FRACP.  

“The human brain is so intriguing, so much is known and yet, so much remains unexplored. The reliance on traditional bedside examinations in tandem with new diagnostic modalities makes Neurology interesting.  

“I enjoy speaking with, listening to and treating patients. My main aim is to give them the best care,” Dr Kamath said. 

In her spare time, Dr Kamath enjoys gardening, crochet and spending time with her family.