John M. Pellock, M.D., H’73
John M. Pellock, M.D., H’73, a professor in the Department of Neurology, accepted the Epilepsy Foundation’s 2015 Champion of Epilepsy Award on April 23 at its “Race for Results” Reception in Washington, D.C.
A pediatric neurologist, Pellock is an internationally recognized expert in epilepsy drug therapy and clinical care. He has been principal investigator for more than 100 trials evaluating epilepsy treatments in children and adults, and has been involved in antiepileptic drug development and studying epilepsy in children for more than 30 years.
“Dr. Pellock’s pioneering work is a testament to his lifelong commitment to serving the epilepsy community and passion for the mission we all share,” said Philip M. Gattone, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation in a news release. “We are grateful for his longtime support of the Epilepsy Foundation and individuals living with seizures, and we are privileged to honor him.”
The Epilepsy Foundation is a national non-profit with nearly 50 community offices throughout the United States. The Champion of Epilepsy Award celebrates individuals whose work has had a positive impact on epilepsy advocacy and awareness.
Pellock earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Mo., in 1971, completed housestaff training in pediatrics on VCU’s Medical College of Virginia Campus in 1973 and fellowship training in child neurology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in 1976. He has been on the VCU faculty since 1978 and served as chairman of the division of child neurology from 1995-2014. In 2004, he received the J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Neurology from the American Epilepsy Society.