Dougall McCorry is a consultant Consultant Neurologist at Circle Rehabilitation

Dr Dougall McCorry

Consultant Neurologist

Circle Rehabilitation

Dr Dougall John Patrick McCorry is an independent Consultant Neurologist in Birmingham specialising in a range of neurological conditions. These include epilepsy, headache and migraine and Multiple Sclerosis. 

He studied for his medical degree at the University of Leicester and completed his specialist neurological training in Scotland and Yorkshire. His epilepsy research has largely taken place at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool - where he completed his specialist training - and he has published extensive research papers into the subject.  

Dr McCorry is the clinical lead for epilepsy at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Birmingham. He has general neurology clinics at BMI The Priory Hospital and BMI Edgbaston Hospital in Birmingham as well as at The Hereford County Hospital. 

He works as part of a multidisciplinary team in his NHS practice, which includes neuropsychologists, neurosurgeons, and neurophysiologists - the team looks after patients with epilepsy, who are recovering from epilepsy surgery or who are about to have epilepsy surgery.

In addition to being an epilepsy specialist and epilepsy research professional, he has a special interest in personal injury, head injury, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury and whiplash syndrome, and has a medico-legal practice for post-accident assessments and investigations.  

Also works at BMI The Priory Hospital.

Dr McCorry is a consultant neurologist at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham. 

He has an ongoing interest in clinical research and has authored and co-authored a number of neuroscience papers looking at patient care, operative care, systems modelling, diagnostics, deep brain stimulation and other clinical questions.

He sees private and NHS patients at Circle Rehabilitation's sister hospitals BMI The Priory Hospital and BMI Edgbaston Hospital in Birmingham.

  • June 1999 Membership of the Royal College of Physicians – MRCP
  • 1991 – 1996 MBChB Degree, University of Leicester. Dr McCorry undertook a MD thesis in Liverpool trying better to understand how doctors and patients with an epilepsy diagnosis undertake anti-epileptic drug decisions.

In Birmingham he is involved in the epilepsy-antenatal clinic at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. He is the neurological lead to the EMPIRE trial examining whether monitoring epilepsy drug levels through pregnancy improves outcomes.

He is actively involved with clinical trials of epilepsy medication.

  • October 2007 - Present: Consultant Neurologist, University Hospital Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham
  • Director of the  University Hospital Birmingham  Epilepsy SURGERY programme.  
  • The Medico-Legal Society, London
  • The Association of British Neurology, London
  • The International League Against Epilepsy, London
  • The Royal College of Physicians, London


Dr McCorry's is highly engaged in the full clinical epilepsy programme at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham. The programme includes video telemetry, epilepsy surgery work-up, psychometry, neuroradiology and epilepsy nurse services. Dr McCorry runs clinics for First Seizure, General Epilepsy and women's clinics.


Dr McCorry has a specific interest in migraine, tension headache, Chronic Daily Headache and Cluster Headache. 

Post head injury and whiplash syndrome

Dr McCorry is an expert in whiplash and head injury following an accident. If patients are experiencing longer-term post accident neurological symptoms, Mr McCorry has access to x-ray, MRI and other imaging diagnostics and investigations at BMI The Priory Hospital close by.

Neurological Research                           

Dr McCorry is actively involved in research with strong links to University of Birmingham where he has  honorary senior lecturer status. He frequently lectures and examines in Birmingham Medical School. He is is involved in clinical trials including the  the neurological lead for a national trial EMPIRE examining the effects of monitoring epilepsy medication in pregnancy and is involved in a clinical trial of a new treatment for people with tuberous sclerosis and epilepsy-everolimus 

Dr McCorry is a key figure in establishing the research reputation of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Epilepsy Unit.

1: Cahill V, McCorry D, Soryal I, Rajabally YA.

Newer anti-epileptic drugs,

vitamin status and neuropathy: A cross-sectional analysis. Rev Neurol (Paris). 2016 Dec 2. pii: S0035-3787(16)30129-1. doi: 10.1016/j.neurol.2016.09.008. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27919463.


2: Al Wattar BH, Tamilselvan K, Khan R, Kelso A, Sinha A, Pirie AM, McCorry D, Khan KS, Thangaratinam S;

Antiepileptic Drug Management in Pregnancy (EMPIRE) Collaborative Network.. Development of a core outcome set for epilepsy in pregnancy (E-CORE): a national multi-stakeholder modified Delphi consensus study. BJOG. 2016 Nov 16. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.14430. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27860117.


3: Dafoulas GE, Toulis KA, Mccorry D, Kumarendran B, Thomas GN, Willis BH, Gokhale K, Gkoutos G, Narendran P, Nirantharakumar K.

Type 1 diabetes mellitus and risk of incident epilepsy: a population-based, open-cohort study. Diabetologia. 2017 Feb;60(2):258-261. doi: 10.1007/s00125-016-4142-x. PubMed PMID: 27796422.


4: Al Wattar BH, Placzek A, Troko J, Pirie AM, Khan KS, McCorry D, Zamora J, Thangaratinam S;

EMPIRE Collaborative Network..

Variation in the reporting of outcomes among pregnant women with epilepsy: a systematic review. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2015 Dec;195:193-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2015.10.017.

Review. PubMed PMID: 26588438.


5: Viale L, Allotey J, Cheong-See F, Arroyo-Manzano D, Mccorry D, Bagary M, Mignini L, Khan KS, Zamora J, Thangaratinam S; EBM CONNECT Collaboration..

Epilepsy in pregnancy and reproductive outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet. 2015 Nov 7;386(10006):1845-52. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00045-8. Review. PubMed PMID: 26318519.


6: Rollings DT, Assecondi S, Ostwald D, Porcaro C, McCorry D, Bagary M, Soryal I, Bagshaw AP.

Early haemodynamic changes observed in patients with epilepsy, in a visual experiment and in simulations. Clin Neurophysiol. 2016 Jan;127(1):245-53.  doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2015.07.008. PubMed PMID: 26220731.


7: Kumari S, Hayton T, Jumaa P, McCorry D.

'The great imitator': Neurosyphilis and new-onset refractory status epilepticus (NORSE) syndrome. Epilepsy Behav Case Rep. 2015 Apr 6;3:33-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ebcr.2015.02.001. PubMed PMID: 25859427; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4388970.


8: McCorry D, Bromley R.

Does in utero exposure of antiepileptic drugs lead to failure to reach full cognitive potential? Seizure. 2015 May;28:51-6. doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2015.01.019. Review. PubMed PMID: 25819874.


9: Patel M, Bagary M, McCorry D.

The management of Convulsive Refractory Status Epilepticus in adults in the UK: No consistency in practice and little access to continuous EEG monitoring. Seizure. 2015 Jan;24:33-7. doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2014.11.005. PubMed PMID: 25564317.


10: Ransford N, Soryal I, McCorry D, Sander JW, Duncan F, Huggins N.

Specialist management of routine dental procedures in adults with refractory epilepsy. Br Dent J. 2014 Apr;216(7):403-7. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2014.247. Review. PubMed PMID: 24722093.


11: Pirie DA, Al Wattar BH, Pirie AM, Houston V, Siddiqua A, Doug M, Bagary M,

Greenhill L, Khan KS, McCorry D, Thangaratinam S.

Effects of monitoring strategies on seizures in pregnant women on lamotrigine: a meta-analysis. Eur J

Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2014 Jan;172:26-31. doi:10.1016/j.ejogrb.2013.10.021. PubMed PMID: 24211103.


12: Ali F, Rickards H, Bagary M, Greenhill L, McCorry D, Cavanna AE.

Ictal consciousness in epilepsy and nonepileptic attack disorder. Epilepsy Behav. 2010  Nov;19(3):522-5. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2010.08.014. PubMed PMID: 20920893.


13: McCorry DJ, Cavanna AE.

New thoughts on first seizure. Clin Med (Lond). 2010 Aug;10(4):395-8. Review. PubMed PMID: 20849019.


14: Cavanna AE, Ali F, Rickards HE, McCorry D.

Behavioral and cognitive effects of anti-epileptic drugs. Discov Med. 2010 Feb;9(45):138-44. Review. PubMed PMID: 20193640.


15: Cavanna AE, Bagshaw AP, McCorry D.

The neural correlates of altered consciousness during epileptic seizures. Discov Med. 2009 Jun;8(40):31-6. PubMed PMID: 19772840.


16: McCorry D, Marson T, Jacoby A.

Understanding routine antiepileptic drug decisions: a qualitative analysis of patients' accounts of hospital

consultations. Epilepsy Behav. 2009 Jan;14(1):210-4. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2008.10.010. PubMed PMID: 18977312.


17: McCorry D, McCorry A.

[Collapse with loss of consciousness]. Praxis (Bern 1994). 2008 Jul 30;97(15):843-4; discussion 844. German. PubMed PMID: 18754337.


18: McCorry D, McCorry A.

Collapse with loss of awareness. BMJ. 2007 Jan 20;334(7585):153. Review. PubMed PMID: 17235097; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1779890.


19: McCorry D, Nicolson A, Smith D, Marson A, Feltbower RG, Chadwick DW.

An association between type 1 diabetes and idiopathic generalized epilepsy. Ann Neurol. 2006 Jan;59(1):204-6. PubMed PMID: 16374819.


20: Fabricius KE, McCorry D.

Changes in octocoral communities and benthic cover along a water quality gradient in the reefs of Hong Kong. Mar Pollut Bull. 2006 Jan;52(1):22-33. PubMed PMID: 16212989.


21: McCorry DJ, Crowley P.

Transient global amnesia secondary to herpes simplex viral encephalitis. QJM. 2005 Feb;98(2):154-5. PubMed PMID: 15671476.


22: McCorry D, Chadwick D, Marson A.

Current drug treatment of epilepsy in adults. Lancet Neurol. 2004 Dec;3(12):729-35. Review. PubMed PMID: 15556805.


23: McCorry DJ, Chadwick DW, Barber P, Cooper PM, Wroe S. Cough

syncope in Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers. QJM. 2004 Sep;97(9):631-2. PubMed PMID: 15317931.


24: McCorry D, Bamford J.

Painful Horner's syndrome caused by carotid dissection.Postgrad Med J. 2004 Mar;80(941):164. PubMed PMID: 15016938; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1742949.


25: McCorry DJ.

Effect of antiepileptic drugs on bone density in ambulatory patients. Neurology. 2004 Jan 27;62(2):342; author reply 342. PubMed PMID:14745092.

Dr McCorry has a five-star rating on Top Doctors:

  • Very pleasant man and obviously very knowledgeable  
  • He was very friendly, he listened carefully and was extremely understanding. Excellent
  • Such a lovely man, put me at ease knew straight away what my problem was. Would highly recommend.

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