Professor David Holder


BA, MB BS, MA, MRCP, PhD (Cambridge), MA (Cantab), MA (Berkeley, PhD, F Inst P, FRCP

GMC number: 2442028

Practicing since: 1978


Clinical Neurophysiology

Consultation times

  • Bi Weekly Tuesday AM
  • Bi Weekly Wednesday PM
  • Alternate Saturday afternoons 13:30 – 17:00
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Dr Holder is Professor and Honorary Consultant at UCL Hospitals, London. He is jointly qualified in clinical neurophysiology and biophysics. He travels to Leicester once a fortnight to undertake tests in clinical neurophysiology, which are EEG (brainwave recording) EMG and nerve conduction studies (tests of muscle and nerve function.) He uses the latest electronic equipment; all tests are reported immediately and available electronically. On request, EEGs can be performed by his technician at other times with rapid reporting over the Internet. As well as being a consultant at UCLH, Dr Holder runs an inter-disciplinary neurophysiology/engineering research group, developing new methods of measuring brain and nerve function. 

He has had joint training in Clinical Medicine and Biophysics and as a younger doctor became interested in developing a new method which could image fast electrical activity in the brain. During a Master’s degree at Berkeley, he came up with a practical possible way to realise this, the then new method of Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT).  With an MRC training and then Royal Society University Research Fellowship held at University College London, Professor Holder built up an interdisciplinary research group which has pioneered the application of EIT for imaging brain function.

He has been a Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Middlesex Hospital and UCH since 1997 where Ihe undertakes EEG reporting, nerve conduction studies and EMG (electromyography).  He has an interest in the development of new methods for diagnosis, such as vibration studies for RSI (repetitive strain injury), ambulatory nerve conduction studies for functional nerve entrapments which cause pain on exercise, and using machine learning methods for automated analysis of the EEG.

Other interests

Task leader for biomedical applications on the project management committee of the European Community Concerted Action in biomedical engineering for Electrical Impedance Tomography.

Chairman, Electrical Impedance Tomography International Steering Committee

Chairman, Action Medical Research Grant Panel Medical Engineering, Orthopaedics and Hard Tissue Research, Trustee, Action Medical Research

NHS-Higher Education Advisory Forum

Electronic Patient Record Clinical Advisory Committee, UCL Hospitals

Action Medical Research grant panel on Medical Engineering, Orthopaedics and Hard Tissue Research

Federation Journal Committee of International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering

Treatments and tests offered by Professor David Holder at Nuffield Health

  • Nerve conduction study
  • Electromyography (EMG)

Locations Professor David Holder works with

Related experience


Research in imaging brain and nerve function with Electrical Impedance Tomography 


  • British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology
  • British Medical Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • Institute of Physics
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Council member, British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology

Other post held

  • Professor of Biophysics and Clinical Neurophysiology, University College London &amp
  • UCL Hospitals
  • Hon.Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, University College London &amp
  • UCL Hospitals

Insurers Professor David Holder works with

Professor David Holder works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • AXA PPP International
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Childsure
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • ESMI
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Freedom Health
  • Health-on-Line
  • HealthFund
  • InterGlobal
  • Medical Care Direct
  • PHC
  • SecureHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • Tesco Bank
  • Universal Provident
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA
  • WPA


Professor David Holder does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Professor David Holder does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Professor David Holder does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.