Bhagwan Moorjani, M.D. - Top Doctors 2013

Medical Director, Hope Neurologic Center

Dr. Bhagwan Moorjani

Photography by Ethan Kaminsky

“Ever since I was 4 years old, I wanted to be a doctor,” says Dr. Bhagwan Moorjani, the Coachella Valley’s only board-certified pediatric neurologist. “The brain always fascinated me, and I love children. I figured the best thing would be to combine both — children and the brain — and that would be a great specialty.”

Moorjani, his wife, and 4-year-old son moved here from Buffalo and Washington, D.C., and opened the Hope Neurologic Center in La Quinta in March. (His wife named his practice “hope,” because it is giving families with epilepsy hope for the future.)

“I have a lot of relatives in California, and an opportunity came up in the desert,” he says. “There was no pediatric neurologist, or epileptologist for that matter, in this region. There was a need in this area, and that prompted me to look into it more in detail. After talking to my wife, we decided that this may be a good opportunity to set up my own practice, and that’s why I moved to the desert.”

Moorjani is board certified in neurology with special competence in child neurology, as well as clinical neurophysiology. After 15 years in practice, he also completed training in pediatric neuroimaging. This, he says, helps to ensure that he can “look at the whole picture,” by combining his clinical knowledge of pediatric brain conditions and imaging.

About 70 percent of Moorjani’s practice is devoted to pediatrics, treating conditions such as headaches, epilepsy, autism, AD/HD, developmental delay, and neuromuscular diseases, along with dementia, dizziness, and strokes in adults.

Advances in the field, he says, include genetic studies on the causes of autism, along with research into mitochondrial diseases, metabolic diseases, and AD/HD. “Twenty years ago, there were maybe about six or seven medications [to treat epilepsy],” he says. “Now, we have more than 25 medications.

“Epilepsy surgery is something that’s also being done,” he says, for patients on multiple medications with intractable epilepsy — an option he hopes to bring to the Coachella Valley. “Over the next several years, I’m hoping to make the field of epilepsy bigger into the region, bringing in other subspecialists, so that we can manage patients here, rather than send them out of the desert.”

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Reader Comments:
Jun 28, 2013 10:38 pm
 Posted by  sonbat

Bob is a great guy. In the intricate practice of medicine particularly in the specialty field of Neurology,
it takes a brain to know brains. Sometimes one may have the brain, but may not have the patience.
So patience too plays an integral part in medical practice, and Bob has that too. Knowing Bob from the
time he worked in Maryland and Washington DC area, His diligence, work ethics, & passion to the practice of Pediatric Neurology has been outstanding. I am not surprised that he has been awarded this
distinction and honor there in Palm Springs. Personally, this makes me feel proud too, because because
we come from the same school of medicine. I may sound biased on that statement, but when an award
such as this one, is given to a physician in the person of Dr. Bob Moorjani, the spectrum of quality care
exemplified by him is a reflection of the learning institution he came from. Congratulations! More power to you, and my sincere regards.

Orson R. Battad, MD

Jul 1, 2013 06:06 pm
 Posted by  AStorton

SO very thankful Dr Moorjani relocated here to the valley, specifically La Quinta. After driving our daughter to Loma Linda Peds Neurology for 6 years and being treated like less than a number; it is such a pleasure to have a doctor of this level of expertise and competence who knows her by name.

We are not surprised he has received this award. His professionalism is very evident. His concern for his patients is clearly genuine. Most impressive is Dr Morrjani's willingness to listen, to discuss and to share information in the best interest of the patient.

Our daughter's condition is not any better, but at least we have someone in her corner who hasn't given up. Which means a lot to her and us, the parents.
Congratulations Dr Moorjani.

Jul 7, 2013 09:11 am
 Posted by  bhootnath

Makes me feel very proud that u have kept up the Moorjani family tradition of being excellent in medicine. God Bless.

Naresh K. Moorjani

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