Prof. Vivek Lal



Prof. Vivek Lal, Joined as Director, PGIMER on 6th may 2022          

Educational Qualifications

MD Internal Medicine, DM Neurology (PGIMER, Chandigarh)

Fellow Royal College of Physicians (FRCP Edin.)

Fellow Indian Academy of Neurology  (FIAN )

Former Dean- Academics, Faculty and Student Affairs, BFUHS, Punjab, India


Dr Vivek Lal (MD, DM-Neurology, FIAN, FRCP (Edin)) studied medicine and did his training in Neurology at the prestigious Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh, India. He went on to become Professor and is currently the head of the department of Neurology at PGIMER, Chandigarh, India. He also served as the Dean of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Punjab, India and is a member of editorial team of journals -Neuro-ophthalmology( Taylor and Francis), Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology and Indian edition OF European journal of Neurology. He is a fellow of Royal College of Physicians   (Edin) and Indian academy of Neurology.

He has been teaching, training and doing research in PGI for thirty years and his major areas of interest are Headache and Neuro-Ophthalmology . He has done pioneering work in the identification and discovery of Ophthalmoplegic Migraine in India. He has the single largest series in world literature on Ophthalmoplegic Migraine and has several national and international publications, chapters in several books and awards to his credit.

His presentations, especially ‘The Grand Rounds’ are extremely popular among his students and he has been awarded ‘Master teacher’ award as well.

He has lectured all over the world including different world congresses and have always held the PGI and national flag flying high.  He was an invited faculty and co-chaired the session on Neuro-ophthalmology at XXIII- World Congress of Neurology (WCN), Kyoto, Japan in 2017; XXIV- WCN Dubai in 2019 and XXV- WCN in Rome 2021 ( Virtual).   He has been Visiting Guest Faculty to the University of Oxford, UK, in March 2016 and was also a Teaching Faculty at Medical ophthalmology Society (MOS), UK. He was invited Neurologist in Rotary International Medical Mission to Ethiopia, Oct-Nov 2015. During this while he was also the visiting Neuro-ophthalmologist, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He strongly believes in Holistic medicine and is the Chairperson of Integrative and Yoga Medicine committee, PGIMER. He has contributed his services towards the health of various soldiers and their families admitted with the Indian Armed forces as well.

He has been actively organizing lectures, seminars and campaigns for general public on vital subjects and has been striving towards removal of societal taboos associated with these treatable neurological conditions.



1.   Global Program Director and Chairperson- Teaching Course, Neuro-ophthalmology    

a. XXIII World Congress Neurology, Kyoto Japan; 2017

b. XXIIV World Congress Neurology, Dubai 2019

c. XXIV World Congress Neurology, Italy, Rome 2021.

2.   Visiting Guest Faculty (Neurology), University of Oxford, UK, March 2016

3.   Teaching Faculty, Medical ophthalmology Society (MOS), UK, March 2016

4.   Invited faculty and Chairperson- International Congress of Movement Disorders in Nice, France, 2019

5.   Invited faculty at Neurological conference at the Shupyk National Medical Academy of post graduate education (Kyiv, Ukraine): Feb 2020

6.   Invited Faculty Biannual meeting at Vietnamese Neurological Association 2019, Ho Chi Minh   City, Vietnam

7.   Invited Faculty at the 2nd MAGNIMS-ESNR Course Neurology: Cairo, Egypt: 2019

8.   Master teachers award at SHINE: 2016 Chennai, India

9.   Visiting Neuro-ophthalmologist, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Nov 2015

10.  Teaching Faculty in Annual Conference of Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists, February 2022


  1. Fellow of Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh ( FRCP- E)
  2. Fellow of Indian Academy of Neurology ( FIAN)
  3. Member, Institute Body, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
  4. Appointed to the Governing Body of Pt. Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, for a term of two years with effect from 21.10.2010.
  5. Appointed to the Governing Body of the Central University of Gujarat, India for a term of three years with effect from 14.10.2013
  6. Appointed to the Governing Body of Pt. Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India for a term of two years with effect from 10.03.2015
  7. Appointed as Dean of the faculty of medical sciences of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, Punjab, India for a term of one year with effect from 1st February 2015
  8. Chairperson- Neuro-ophthalmology subsection of Indian Academy of Neurology



Total Teaching experience: 30 years

Regular External Examiner -  DM-Neurology, DNB Neurology and MD Medicine Students

Mentored Numerous DM- Neurology; MD Medicine and PhD students as Chief guide and Co-guide

Publications: > 170 ( Peer reviewed National and International Journals and Book Chapters )

Associate Editor-Neuro-ophthalmology Journal; Taylor and Francis and European Journal of Neurology- Indian Edition

Co-authored publication with Professor Louis Caplan, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School (Lal and Caplan Neurology 2020)

International and National Invited Talks/ Lectures- > 100

International/ National Abstracts at Conferences- > 100

Ongoing Extramural (ICMR/ CSIO/ DBT/ Non Funded) and Intramural Projects : 12

Organized of numerous International/ National/ Regional Conferences

Organized numerous Public Awareness Campaigns