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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 422-423

Prof. Meena Angamuthu Kanikannan

Department of Neurology, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Date of Submission22-Mar-2020
Date of Acceptance22-Mar-2020
Date of Web Publication05-Jun-2020

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Dr. Rupam Borgohain
Professer and Head, Department of Neurology, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana
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DOI: 10.4103/aian.AIAN_187_20

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Mathukumali NL, Tandra SR, Yareeda S, Kandadai RM, Gaddamanugu P, Turaga S, Jabeen SA, Borgohain R. Prof. Meena Angamuthu Kanikannan. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2020;23:422-3

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Mathukumali NL, Tandra SR, Yareeda S, Kandadai RM, Gaddamanugu P, Turaga S, Jabeen SA, Borgohain R. Prof. Meena Angamuthu Kanikannan. Ann Indian Acad Neurol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Nov 27];23:422-3. Available from:

Dr. Angamuthu Kanikannan Meena was born on 01 January 1962 to Angamuthu and Andal Kanikannan, in a Tamil-speaking family, settled in Hyderabad over several years. She went to Holy Family High School where she showed good leadership qualities at a young age and passed out as the school Head Girl. She did her MBBS and MD from Gandhi Medical College in the year 1985 and 1989 respectively. She was the first lady to do a residency in Neurology from Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences. She continued to dedicate her services to NIMS as faculty for the past 26 years beginning her career as Assistant Professor in 1994 to the current position as Senior Professor of Neurology and Associate Dean.

Dr. Meena was a clinician par excellence, great teacher and a thorough academician. She had an amazing way of clinical skills which involved an informal history taking to a precise clinical examination. Moreover, she had a sixth sense to diagnose and treat complex cases. Her charismatic personality used to attract all the students and colleagues not only to share their personal problems, but also for the diagnosis of rare, puzzling, and challenging cases.

Apart from being a great clinician, she was extremely good at electrophysiology that helped her to solve many difficult neuromuscular cases. The neurological disease was always thought to be untreatable, but Dr. Meena changed the concept as she loved treating patients aggressively, especially those with neuroimmunological disorders. Another area of interest was critical care neurology and she designed the Neuro ICU of Nizam's Institute in the year 2000 to suit the aggressive treatment of acute neurological illnesses. She believed that Neurologists need to be actively involved in the management of Neuro ICU and ensured that the treatment given at Nizam's Institute followed the latest guidelines. She is well known for the treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, neuromyelitis optica, and other complex neuromuscular cases.

Dr. Meena would go to any extent to ensure the treatment of her patients, more so if they were poor and unaffordable. She was dedicated, systematic in her approach and simply loved neurology.

She had a great thirst for research. She has more than 100 publications in national and international journals. She is well known for her work on low volume plasma exchange in the treatment of Guillain-Barré syndrome. She was the first to start the use of MR neurography for the diagnosis of different neuropathies in this part of the country. She authored 22 chapters and review articles and had several award papers and posters.

She was the founding member and treasurer of Nerve and Muscle Society and also Organizing secretary of NERVECON in 2010, 2014 and 2018. She held several official posts—was the adviser of MS Society of Hyderabad, treasurer for Society of Mitochondrial Research and Medicine, an external advisory board member for the PhD committee in NIMHANS.

She was a great teacher, imparting her gifted and unique neurological skills to her ever-loving students. She was disciplined, punctual and set impressive standards where every student could look up to her as a role model. She was like a concerned family member and her students, friends, and patients could bank on her even for their bothering personal issues and seek a reasonable solution.

She had a magnetic personality, ever buoyant, and full of energy. Her fervor to work was amazing. To be precise, she was a compassionate and astute clinician, an exemplary teacher, guide and mentor to generations of neurologists. Her loss is irreplaceable for all the patients she served, students, family members, and friends.

Rest in peace.


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