Meet Suja Johnkutty, MD, Headache Specialist at Neura Health

Headache Specialist
August 18, 2023
August 18, 2023
Meet Suja Johnkutty, MD, Headache Specialist at Neura Health

Dr. Suja Johnkutty is a board-certified headache specialist at Neura Health. She is available for video visits with Neura Health members. Click here to book an appointment.

Q: Tell us a little about your background/training. 

My journey began in the bustling city of New York, where I was raised and received all of my professional training. Immediately after high school, I was accepted into the accelerated seven-year program at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, which fast-tracked my progression into the medical field. After completing this rigorous curriculum, I earned my medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1996.

Continuing my postgraduate training, I completed my neurology residency at Montefiore Hospital, an institution affiliated with the esteemed Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the year 2000.

Q: Tell us about why you chose neurology and headaches specifically - what interested you most about this field?  

During my upbringing, I observed firsthand the distressing impact of headache disorders on my family members. This deeply personal experience cultivated a keen interest in Headache Medicine, a specialty where I felt I could make a significant difference.

Q: What have been the things you are most proud of in your career?

I was honored with a grant from Pfizer, which facilitated my efforts to enhance awareness about migraines among my peers and within the community. These endeavors aim at fostering a better understanding of this medical condition, consequently promoting improved care and management.

Q: What have you learned from your patients that has helped you become a better doctor? 

Moreover, witnessing their resilience and strength in face of health challenges has inspired me to always strive for the best outcomes, no matter how complex the situation may be. It has taught me to approach each case with an open mind, recognizing that every individual's experience with illness and recovery can differ significantly.

Additionally, patients have imparted the lesson of patience and persistence, especially those seeking care for chronic conditions like headaches. Their journey to relief can be a long and winding one, reinforcing the necessity for sustained efforts, and innovative approaches in treatment plans.

Q: What are you most excited about regarding your role at Neura?

I am thrilled to be joining Neura, an organization that is at the forefront of specialized Headache Medicine. It's an exciting time to be part of this niche field, as there is an increasing recognition of the benefits that such dedicated care can offer. The opportunity to contribute my expertise and passion for this specialty in an environment that shares the same commitment to patient-centered care is truly invigorating. As more individuals seek relief from persistent headaches, it is organizations like Neura that are poised to make a significant difference, and I am eager to be a part of this meaningful journey.

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Suja Johnkutty
Dr. Suja Johnkutty, ABPN, is a New York-based neurologist with a special focus on Headache Medicine. Her career spans over two decades, during which she has gathered extensive clinical experience and has served as a Clinical Adjunct Professor at the Department of Neurology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
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Dr. Johnkutty's academic journey includes a graduation from the esteemed Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University and the completion of her neurology residency at the Montefiore Hospital, affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Further honing her skills, she pursued a Neuromuscular fellowship at the renowned Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. In recognition of her commitment to migraine awareness, she was honored with a Pfizer grant. Dr. Johnkutty has utilized this platform to increase understanding of headaches, coordinating speakers and delivering lectures to physicians, support staff, and medical students alike.

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