Sophia Varadkar

Dr Sophia Varadkar
Dr Varadkar has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) since 2001 and has been a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist here since 2006. 

Dr Varadkar is the specialty lead for the Epilepsy Unit and the Children’s Epilepsy Surgery Service (CESS).


Dr Varadkar has specialist interests and expertise in complex epilepsy. She holds new and follow-up epilepsy clinics, epilepsy surgery clinics jointly with the epilepsy neurosurgeons, and transition clinics jointly with the adult neurologists (Dr Varadkar is an Honorary Consultant at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery). She is also the clinical lead for the Vagus Nerve Stimulation therapy programme.


Dr Varadkar completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin and her postgraduate medical training in Dublin and London.

  • BA, MB, BAO, BCh - June 1995, University of Dublin
  • DCH - Nov 1996, UCD
  • MRCPI (Paeds) - Feb 1998, RCPI
  • MSc (Clin Paed) - Sept 2002, UCL
  • PhD (Neurosciences) - Nov 2011, UCL

Membership of professional assoications

  • The British Paediatric Neurology Association
  • International League Against Epilepsy
  • American Epilepsy Society

Research Interests

Dr Varadkar’s 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 national and international 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). 


Epilepsy Unit, Department of Neurology, Great Ormond Street Hospital