Dr Elma Stephen

Consultant Paediatric Physician


Personal profile

Dr Stephen qualified in Medicine (MBBS) with distinction from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. Following another 3 years of postgraduate training in Paediatrics (MD) with distinction, she relocated to the UK. She trained further in Paediatrics, Paediatric Neurology, and Neurodisability in Scotland. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Neurodisability from Sheffield Hallam University. She was appointed as Consultant in Paediatrics at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH) in 2007, and currently is the hospital lead for the Child Neurology service, working in collaboration with the North of Scotland Neurology Network (NESCANN). She is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen.

With over 10 years of UK consultant experience, Dr Stephen’s main clinical areas of interest are the diagnosis and management of neurological conditions in children including epilepsy, headache disorders, neuromuscular disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders. She participates in many teaching activities locally as well as nationally, from lecturing/ tutoring undergraduates at the University of Aberdeen, to teaching on the national BPNA headache  (CHaT) and epilepsy (PET) courses. Dr Stephen has completed ILAE certified courses in Basic EEG and paediatric EEG interpretation. 

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)

  • Member of the British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA)

  • Member of the International Child Neurology association (ICNA)

  • Member of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)

  • Member of the Scottish Muscle Network (SMN) and the Scottish Paediatric Epilepsy Network (SPEN)

Clinical Interests

  • Paediatric epilepsy
  • Headache disorders in children
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • General Paediatrics (excluding allergies)

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