Dr Emma Matthews
Secretary: Selina Tsai
Secretary email: Selina.Tsai@stgeorges.nhs.uk
Secretary telephone: 020 8725 4162
Dr Matthews’ main clinical interests are in neuromuscular diseases with a sub-specialty interest in muscle and nerve channelopathies and myotonic disorders. She joined the Atkinson Morley Neuromuscular Centre in June 2020 and leads the transition service for young adults with neuromuscular disorders. She also runs specialist clinics for muscle channelopathies, small fibre neuropathies and episodic pain syndromes.
Dr Matthews is a Consultant Neurologist at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Principal Research Fellow at University College London.
Dr Matthews studied Medicine at the University of Aberdeen. She was awarded a PhD in Neuroscience from the Institute of Neurology, University College London before undertaking higher specialist training in neurology at the Royal Free Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) in London.
From 2014-2020 Dr Matthews worked as an academic consultant neurologist at the Institute of Neurology, UCL funded by fellowships from the NIHR and Wellcome. In addition she was an honorary consultant neurologist at NHNN and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). She worked at the National referral service for adults with skeletal muscle channelopathies at NHNN and led the establishment of a new clinical service at Great Ormond Street Hospital for children with channelopathies which she continues to run with paediatric colleagues. In addition she worked in the transition service for young adults with neuromuscular disorders at NHNN and assisted with the set-up of the first Neuromuscular Complex Care Centre in the UK.
Dr Matthews’ main academic interests are in channelopathies with a focus on severe paediatric presentations and neurogenetics. She has co-authored 3 book chapters and 52 peer reviewed papers in journals including the Lancet, Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, JAMA and Brain.
Prizes, memberships and fellowships
ARC Prize in Rheumatology, 1999
NIHR Rare Disease Translational Research Collaboration Fellowship, 2014-2017
Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship, 2018-2020
Editorial board member: Neuromuscular Disorders
Associate member: The Crick Institute Neuroscience Interest Group
Member: Royal College of Physicians
Member: British Myology Society
Member: The Muscle Study Group (USA)
Member: The British Medical Association
Member: The British Neuroscience Association
Member: The Genetics Society