Dr Arani Nitkunan studied at Newnham College, Cambridge and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London graduating in 1999.
She was awarded a PhD for stroke research at St George’s Hospital, London in 2007. Dr Nitkunan was appointed as a consultant neurologist in 2013 with general neurology clinics at Croydon University Hospital and a specialist neuro-ophthalmology clinic at St George’s. Her two sub-specialist areas are stroke and neuro-ophthalmology. She was appointed clinical lead for neurology at Croydon in 2015 where she has transformed acute neurology and driven the appointment of five nurse specialists. Since May 2023, she is the chair of the Association of British Neurologists Services committee and hence a member of ABN executive council. Previous ABN roles are vice-chair of the newly formed ABN Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee, member of Quality committee and Acute Neurology Special Interest Group. She is chair of the Southwest London Neurology Network since 2019 and was a trustee on the board of the Neurological Alliance (2020-23).