Dr Sophia Varadkar completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin and her postgraduate medical training in Dublin and London. She is a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK, where she is the clinical lead for the Epilepsy Unit and the Children’s Epilepsy Surgery Service and the clinical lead for the Vagus Nerve Stimulation therapy programme. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL Institute of Child Health and an Honorary Consultant at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, where she has an epilepsy transition clinic with her colleague adult epileptologists.
She has a PhD in neuroscience and her current research interests are in complex epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, Rasmussen syndrome, and metabolic causes of childhood epilepsy. She is an enthusiastic teacher and is a regular faculty member of various training programmes, including the British Paediatric Neurology Association Paediatric Epilepsy Training (PET) courses (for which she is a member of the PET steering committee and leads the organising group for Expert-to-Expert: Epilepsy, a course for consultant paediatric neurologists).