Dr Emma Matthews
Secretary: Katrina Chalpkin
Secretary email: Katrina.Chalpkin@stgeorges.nhs.uk
Secretary telephone: 020 8725 4162
Dr Matthews’ main clinical interests are in neuromuscular diseases with a sub-specialty interest in genetic neuromuscular disorders especially 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 myotonic dystrophy. In 2022 she led the establishment of a NHSE Rare Disease Collaborative Network in Paroxysmal Motor Disorders at St George’s.
Dr Matthews is a Consultant Neurologist at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Reader in Neurology at St George’s University of London. She is the Neurology Lead for the SE Genomic Medicine Service Alliance.
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. 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 >80 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
Clinical Academic Research Partnership from NIHR and MRC, 2021-2024
Editorial board member: Neuromuscular Disorders, Frontiers in Neurology
Associate member: The Crick Institute Neuroscience Interest Group
Fellow: 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
Member: Steering committee of the UK FSHD patient registry
Member: UK FSHD group
Member: European FSHD clinical trial readiness network