Timothy A. Pedley, M.D., is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Neurology; Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Columbia University′s College of Physicians and Surgeons; and Neurologist-in-Chief at the Neurological Institute of New York Presbyterian Hospital, at the Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. Pedley is board certified in both neurology and clinical neurophysiology and has been an active advocate for PDF's work in Parkinson's research, education and advocacy since joining its Board of Directors in 1998.
Dr. Pedley has made important clinical contributions to the field of neurology, serving as co-editor of Merritt's Textbook of Neurology (12th Edition) with PDF President Lewis P. Roland, M.D. His research has focused primarily on the field of epilepsy, including work on ionic microenvironment in abnormal hippocampal and cortical excitability, and long-term changes in hippocampal excitability brought on by repeated seizures. In recent years, Dr. Pedley has collaborated in family studies of epilepsy, identification of genes associated with human epilepsy syndromes and epilepsy surgery.
Dr. Pedley earned his medical degree at Yale University and performed his internship and residency at Stanford University Hospital. He joined Columbia University faculty in 1979 after spending a year as a visiting research scholar at the Institute of Psychiatry and King's College Hospital in London.
Among his many professional positions and honors, Dr. Pedley is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Neurology and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2007, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine. He has also served as President of the American Neurological Association.
From 1994 to 2001, he was the editor-in-chief of Epilepsia, the international professional journal of epilepsy. He has been active within several epilepsy nonprofit organizations, serving as President of the American EEG Society, the American Epilepsy Society, and the Epilepsy Foundation of America, where he later became Chairman of the Board.