Innovation, Creativity and Happiness with Prof. Dr. Bindu Menon

Dr. Bindu Menon - Woman in Medicine

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.     

— Rabindranath Tagore




Prof. Bindu Menon is the Head of Department Apollo Hospitals Nellore, India. She has a teaching experience of 20 years, 98 publications, editor of two books and has 23 chapters to her credit.

She is the Secretary General of the Indian Epilepsy Association. She holds various positions like Research committee member of the World Stroke Organization; Asia Oceanic association of Neurology representative of the European Academy of Neurology Scientific Panel on Epilepsy; Special Group Neuroepidemiology, World Federation of Neurology; Associate Editor, Neurology section, Annals of Medicine, President, Outreach subsection Indian Academy of Neurology, OneNeurology Ambassador, life time Network member of NCD Alliance.

She is a recipient of ILAE Leadership Program Award, World stroke award from the World Stroke Organization, Mridha Spirit of Neurology award, A.B. Baker Teacher award and Palatucci Leadership award from the American Academy of Neurology, National Indian Medical Association Doctors day award 2023 among others.

She has 8 fellowships from international and national organisations to her credit.

She founded Dr. Bindu Menon Foundation which has been instrumental in starting several novel projects for the first time in the country, “Neurology on wheels”, Tele awareness Programme, “Stroke help” app and Epilepsy help app.

She is the Founder of the start-up “Artificial Intelligence in Neurology” She hosts NeuroVoice – Podcast Voice of the patients with neurological disorders and their caregivers, featuring one disease in each episode. She has released a CHATBOT for migraine – an interactive awareness tool for migraine patient.

Dr. Bindu started the Indian Women Scientists Association Nellore branch. Motto is to reach science to the masses and has completed 14 sessions till now. She has launched Stroke Symptoms mnemonic in Telugu which was recited by Dr. S P Balasubramanium, a First in the country. She has adopted Pragathi charity orphanage children with Epilepsy for their medical needs. Since 2013, about 54 children with epilepsy have been adopted. 

As a Woman in Medicine, Prof. Bindu Menon’s contributions extend far beyond the confines of her hospital or academic institution, positively impacting healthcare delivery, research, and advocacy both nationally and internationally.



INTERNATIONAL 1. Fellowship of the American Academy of Neurology FAAN April 2022.

2. Mridha Spirit of Neurology award from the American Academy of Neurology and American Brain Foundation 2022.

3. 2022 American Academy of Neurology A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award

4. Lions club International President’s Appreciation certificate and Governors Appreciation Award – 8th August 2021.

5. World Stroke Organization conferred the title of the Fellowship of the World Stroke Organization (FWSO) 2021.

6. Asia oceanic association of Neurology representative of the European Page 4 of 86 academy of neurology Scientific Panel on Epilepsy 2021

7. Selected as Research committee member of the World Stroke Organization. 2020.

8. Executive member specialty group on the Neuro epidemiology of the “World Federation of Neurology” November 2019.

9. World Headache Society. Section Co Director of Headache plus section. Committee chair of Migraine and epilepsy.

10. Dr. Bindu Menon foundations appointed as representative of the WHO South East Asia Region; Member of group as Stroke support organization.

11. Appointment as Indian Academy of Neurology, Andhra Pradesh State coordinator for public education 2021.

12. Invited for lecture at the Walton center Postgraduate Medical Education, Lunchtime series on the Project “Neurology on wheels” on April 10th 2019 Liverpool, UK.

13. Received the WORLD STROKE AWARD under Individual Achievement category from the World Stroke organization October 2018.

14. International league against Epilepsy (ILAE) Leadership Award. Annual conference 32nd International Epilepsy Congress (IEC) Barcelona, September 2nd–6th 2017

15. Awarded the Fellow of Royal College of Physicians from Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh on 28/6/2013.

16. Awarded distinction and stood second in the Postgraduate Diploma course in clinical Neurology from the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queensquare, University College London, March 2006.

17. Honorary appointment to the research board of advisors by the Board of Directors, Governing Board of editors and publication board of the American Biographical Institute, 2007. Page 5 of 86

18. Inclusion in the 10th Anniversary Edition of the ‘Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering’, an exclusive directory distinguishing most accomplished people in their field, 2007.

19. International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN) Fellowship from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine to attend the AANEM 53rd Annual scientific meeting to be held in Washington, October 11-14, 2006.

20. V Swapna, K A Parvathy, C V Harinarayan, U V Prasad, G Himabindu, Bindu Menon, B. Vengamma. Effect of antiepileptic drugs on calcium and vitamin D. APSUM INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM on Science in new millennium, Chennai, 12 -13th June 2006 was ranked among the first ten.

NATIONAL: 1. ‘Innovation in Patient Centricity & Advocacy’ in the Gold category at #PatientFirstAwards from IHW Council. May 13th 2022.

2. Elected as Honorary fellow of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian origin GAPIO FELLOW 2022 in recognition of my contribution to healthcare

3. Apollo Distinguished Academician Award 2020 received on 5th February 2021.

4. Received the J J Rao oration at the at the 16th International conference of Geriatric society of India GSICON 2019 at Mumbai, 14th September 2019

5. Delivered the TED X Talk at AIIMS Bhubaneswar August 17th 2019. Theme: “Salvaging the subconscious”.

6. Received the SAKSHI EXCELLENCE AWARD IN HEALTHCARE” ON 10th August 2019 from the governor of Telengana E. S. L. Narasimhan at Hyderabad.

7. Received the Life Saver award from Dr. Prathap C Reddy for treating maximum stroke patients for the year 2017-2018 at Chennai on 5th February 2019.

8. Received “Women’s Day Award” for Jyoti Rao Phule foundation on March 7th 2018 for International women’s day.

9. Received “Women’s Day Award” from the District Collector On March 8th 2018. Page 6 of 86

10. Elected Fellow of Indian College of physicians (FICP) on February 24th 2018 at Bangalore annual conference of Association of Physicians of India.

11. Conferred with the Honorary adjunct title of ‘Distinguished Clinical Tutor’ from Apollo Hospitals Educational and Research Foundation (AHERF), in recognition of contribution towards medical education and clinical training till 2024

12. Elected Fellow Geriatric Society of India. Conferred with the fellowship in the 14th International Conference on Geriatric care GSICON 2nd October 2017. Tirupati, India.

13. Member of National academy of medical sciences (MNAMS). 2016

14. Received “Woman’s achievement Award” from Audisankara Group of Institutions on occasion of “International Woman’s Day” 2016.

15. Has been conferred the prestigious “H. C. Bajoria oration” award in the 16th Joint Annual Conference of Indian Epilepsy Association and Indian Epilepsy Society, Feb 6-8th 2016. Chennai.

16. Nellore Rural Service award by Rural MLA ON July 1st 2015.

17. Best paper presentation in the 25th IAOMR national conference at Lucknow 18- 20th October. 2013.

18. Vaidya Siromani award from the Arya Vysya senior citizens association for social service in the field of epilepsy. On 29th September 2013.

19. JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) for medical innovation on 15th September 2013.

20. Neurology Service Excellence Award to acknowledge the distinguished and committed work in the field of neurology and contribution to research on Doctors’ day from the Superintendent of Police on July 1st 2013

21. Awarded the ‘UGADI VAIDYA RATNA’ from the Sir C V Raman Academy on 3/3/13 at Ravindra Bharati bhavan, Hyderabad.

22. Awarded District level Epilepsy service award from the District Medical Page 7 of 86 Health Officer on 26th December 2012.

23. Awarded DOCTORS DAY AWARD by Lions club Nellore on July 1st 2011.

24. Awarded the Dr Karimullah, Indian Medical Association Oration Gold Medal award on October 19th 2010.

25. Awarded the Dr K V Naidu Memorial state level Best Doctor award for the year 2004.

26. Second prize for best paper presentation in Chennai at Annual courses in Neurosciences, 2nd -15th Feb 2005

27. Awarded the 2nd prize for best poster presentation In CYTOCON 29thNov. 2003, Pune. FELLOWSHIP OF MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS


In this conversation, we discuss about

  • Bindu’s aspirations
  • Her innovative approach that brings about transformations in healthcare
  • The mindsets that help her in her collaborations nationally & internationally
  • Burnout and her strategies for dealing with DVUCAD situations
  • Building trust and team building
  • Women in medicine and the challenges 
  • Her creative pursuits
  • Work life balance

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