“The practice of medicine is kindness, swathed in experience, and held steady by knowledge. The craft is long to learn, for a life so short, and in this, the physician must mediate the past, appreciate the present and foretell the future. Technology is but an accessory to the healer, and the healer accepts that he treats not the disease, but the patient suffering the disease.”

Board Certification

  • Neurology

Areas of Expertise

  • Complex Neurological Disorders
  • Movement Disorders, Dystonia
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders



Duke University Medical Center
Neuromuscular diseases
Durham, North Carolina


Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan


Topiwala National Medical College
Bombay, India

Medical School

Armed Forces Medical College University of Poona
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Maharashtra, India

Hospitals Affiliated With

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

Professional Associations

American Academy of Neurology
Member, 1995 – Present

American Association of Physicians from India

Montgomery County Medical Association

Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom)


“Widespread loss of neuronal populations in the spinal ventral horn in sporadic motor neuron disease. A morphometric study.” Journal of the Neurological Sciences (2006): Stephens, B., Guiloff, R. J., Navarrete, R., Newman, P., Nikhar, N., Lewis, P.

“Retrospective analysis of the use of cyclosporine in myasthenia gravis.” Neurology (2000): Ciafaloni, E., Nikhar, N. K., Massey, J. M., Sanders, D. B.

Personal Interests

Medicine is nearly consuming in its demands. It leaves little time for idle indulgences. Of those moments allowed to me, I enjoy reading novels and generally try and digest 2-3 books per month. I also have desires to complete travel to every state in the USA, and 1-2 new countries per year. When I do come to the stage where further travel is unlikely, I would like to tally the numbers and enjoy the memories of those travels.


Dr. Nikhar is a board-certified neurologist practicing in Bethesda MD. Originally from India, his childhood was divided between England and India. After studying in both countries, he decided to settle in the USA, and now calls Potomac, MD his home.

He completed his medical school training at the Armed Forces Medical College, Poona, India, and an internship at TN Medical College in Bombay, India. Following his internship, Dr. Nikhar went to England where he undertook further training in Internal Medicine and Neurology. He left the UK for the USA in 1995, completing his Neurology residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a neuromuscular fellowship at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

He has been recognized as one of the “Top Doctors in Neurology in Washington DC,” for several years in a row. He has been an oral examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, an honor granted to select few Neurologists, and has contributed to education by writing or co-writing 15 book or e-chapters.

He specializes in Neuromuscular Diseases, Electromyography, movement disorders and sleep dysfunction. He is a member of American Academy of Neurology, American Board of Neuromuscular Medicine, and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London. He has been recognized as one the ‘Top Doctors in Neurology in Metropolitan Washington DC’ for several years in a row, and ‘Top Doctor with Best Bedside Manner in Bethesda.’ He is an excellent diagnostician, with peerless attention to patient symptoms. His clinical experience and background training makes him one of the most sought after neurologists in complex neurological disorders, Neuromuscular disorders, and dystonias.