Bijal Mehta, M.D.

Bijal Mehta, MD

Investigator, The Lundquist Institute
Assistant Professor of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Associate Program Director, Adult Neurology Residency Program, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center


Vitamin A and D's effect on Multiple Sclerosis; Cerebral Edema Associated with Stroke

Research Description

Dr. Mehta's Labs have 3 main areas of study:

1. Multiple Sclerosis: How nutritional factors such as vitamin D and Vitamin A and associated proteins effect the microbiome of Multiple Sclerosis and effect the disease.
2. Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease: What factors influence cerebral aneurysm progression and how to prevent aneurysmal rupture using non-interventional techniques such as drugs targeting MMP-9
3. Neuroimaging: Use of new MRI based techniques to study disease severity and progression
Theme Groups


  • MD, 2005, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Recent and/or Significant Publications

  1. Towfighi A, Cheng EM, Ayala-Rivera M, McCreath H, Sanossian N, Dutta T, Mehta B, Bryg R, Rao N, Song S, Razmara A, Ramirez M, Sivers-Teixeira T, Tran J, Mojarro-Huang E, Montoya A, Corrales M, Martinez B, Willis P, Macias M, Ibrahim N, Wu S, Wacksman J, Haber H, Richards A, Barry F, Hill V, Mittman B, Cunningham W, Liu H, Ganz DA, Factor D, Vickrey BG. Randomized controlled trial of a coordinated care intervention to improve risk factor control after stroke or transient ischemic attack in the safety net: Secondary stroke prevention by Uniting Community and Chronic care model teams Early to End Disparities (SUCCEED). BMC neurology. 2017; 17(1):24. PubMed [journal] PMID: 28166784, PMCID:PMC5294765
  2. Mehta BK, Kamal H, McMurtray A, Shafie M, Li P. Effect of Heparin on
    Recanalization in Acute Stroke Patients with Intra-Arterial Thrombi. Neurology
    international. 2015; 7(2):5807. PubMed [journal] PMID: 26487926, PMCID:
  3. Li P, Kamal H, Baxter M, Mehta BK. Omega-3 Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters do not Improve Clopidogrel Associated P2Y12 Inhibition in Stroke Patients. Neurology international. 2015; 7(1):5809. PubMed [journal] PMID: 26294943, PMCID:PMC4508542
  4. McMurtray A, Tseng B, Diaz N, Chung J, Mehta B, Saito E. Acute Psychosis Associated with Subcortical Stroke: Comparison between Basal Ganglia and Mid-Brain Lesions. Case reports in neurological medicine. 2014; 2014:428425. PubMed [journal] PMID: 25309765, PMCID: PMC4182849
  5. Mehta BK, Mustafa G, McMurtray A, Masud MW, Gunukula SK, Kamal H, Kandel A, Beltagy A, Li P. Whole brain CT perfusion deficits using 320-detector-row CT scanner in TIA patients are associated with ABCD2 score. The International journal of neuroscience. 2014; 124(1):56-60. PubMed [journal] PMID: 23826759
  6. Weinstock-Guttman B, Mehta BK, Ramanathan M, Karmon Y, Henson LJ, Halper J, Riskind P. Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis. The neurologist. 2012; 18(4):179-83. PubMed [journal] PMID: 22735240
  7. Josyula S, Mehta BK, Karmon Y, Teter B, Batista S, Ostroff J, Weinstock-Guttman B. The nervous system's potential role in multiple sclerosis associated bone loss. Journal of the neurological sciences. 2012; 319(1-2):8-14. PubMed [journal] PMID: 22579137
  8. Sternberg Z, Ching M, Sawyer RN, Chichelli T, Li F, Janicke D, Radovic V, Mehta B, Farooq O, Munschauer FE. Clopidogrel responsiveness in stroke patients on a chronic aspirin regimen. Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases : the official journal of National Stroke Association. 2013; 22(6):725-32. PubMed [journal] PMID: 22209644
  9. Weinstock-Guttman B, Zivadinov R, Mahfooz N, Carl E, Drake A, Schneider J, Teter B, Hussein S, Mehta B, Weiskopf M, Durfee J, Bergsland N, Ramanathan M. Serum lipid profiles are associated with disability and MRI outcomes in multiple sclerosis. Journal of neuroinflammation. 2011; 8:127. PubMed [journal] PMID:21970791, PMCID: PMC3228782
  10. Mokin M, Kass-Hout T, Kass-Hout O, Zivadinov R, Mehta B. Blood pressure management and evolution of thrombolysis-associated intracerebral hemorrhage in acute ischemic stroke. Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases : the official journal of National Stroke Association. 2012; 21(8):852-9. PubMed [journal] PMID: 21703878
  11. Mehta BK. New hypotheses on sunlight and the geographic variability of multiple sclerosis prevalence. Journal of the neurological sciences. 2010; 292(1-2):5-10. PubMed [journal] PMID: 20189603