Faculty A-Z

Linda Magnusson

Associate Professor of Medicine (Neurology) B.Sc., M.D., Memorial, FRCPC

Medicine Neurology



What brought me to MUN? What Keeps Me At MUN?
St. John’s has always been my home. I was pleased to return from fellowship in Atlanta with additional training as a foundation for providing more patient care. In terms of quality of life, nothing compares to being close to family and having a career and professional interactions you thoroughly enjoy.


MD, Memorial University of Newfoundland


Neurology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Neuro-ophthalmology, Emory University

Research/Teaching Summary:

My research focus during fellowship was on idiopathic intracranial hypertension, teaching ophthalmoscopy to medical students and neuro-ophthalmology in pregnancy. Since returning to Memorial University of Newfoundland, I have become involved in multicenter clinical trials in multiple sclerosis and stroke.

During fellowship I helped coordinate and facilitate sessions to teach ophthalmoscopy to medical students and was a facilitator for a refresher on the eye examination for faculty. Currently I continue to teach predominantly through neurology clinical skills sessions. I also participate in lectures, tutorials and Objective Structured Clinical Exams in the undergraduate and postgraduate medical curriculum.

I have been an invited speaker for the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Optometrists, the Newfoundland Society of Electroneurophysiology Technologists and the Cardiovascular Awareness and Research Day organized by the School of Nursing.


Best research presentation by a fellow, Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University, 2013
Admitted to the Order of St. John, 2012
Dean’s Convocation Award for Medicine, 2005


Mackay DD, Garza PS, Bruce BB, Bidot S, Kelly LP, Graubart EB, Newman NJ, Biousse V. Teaching ophthalmoscopy to medical students (TOTeMS) II: A one-year retention study. Am J Ophthalmol 2014; 157:747-748.

Kelly LP, Bruce BB. (2014) ‘Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension’. In: Aminoff MJ and Daroff RB (eds.) Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences, 2nd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 666-668. Oxford: Academic Press.

Kelly LP, Garza PS, Bruce BB, Graubart EB, Newman NJ, Biousse V. Teaching ophthalmoscopy to medical students (The TOTeMS Study). Am J Ophthalmol 2013;156:1056-1061.

Ridha MA, Saindane AM, Bruce BB, Riggeal BD, Kelly LP, Newman NJ, Biousse V. Magnetic resonance imaging findings of elevated intracranial pressure in cerebral venous thrombosis versus idiopathic intracranial hypertension with transverse sinus stenosis. Neuro-Ophthalmology 2013;37:1-6.

Riggeal BD, Bruce BB, Saindane AM, Ridha MA, Kelly LP, Newman NJ, Biousse V. Clinical course of idiopathic intracranial hypertension with transverse sinus stenosis. Neurology 2013;80:289-295.

Kelly LP, Saindane AM, Bruce BB, Ridha MA, Riggeal BD, Newman NJ, Biousse V. Does bilateral transverse cerebral venous sinus stenosis exist in patients without increased intracranial pressure? Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2013;115:1215-1219.