Philip Pearl MD

Phillip L. Pearl, MD

Director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology

William G. Lennox Chair and Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

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"My major areas of academic work have been in the characterization and treatment of metabolic epilepsies and in neurological education at the levels of medical students, residents, and fellows in addition to remote education including telemedicine."

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Epilepsy Seizures

Departments

  • Neurology

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Epilepsy Center
  • END Technology Program
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-2413 or Request an Appointment
Philip Pearl MD

I am a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist involved in clinical care, clinical and translational research, and medical education. 

Currently serving as the Director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at Boston Children’s Hospital and the William G. Lennox Chair and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, my major areas of academic work have been in the characterization and treatment of metabolic epilepsies and in neurological education at the levels of medical students, residents, and fellows in addition to remote education including telemedicine.  I have personally discovered that combining interests allows for the cultivation of new projects and in some ways new fields of study and inquiry, i.e. children and the nervous system into pediatric neurology, epilepsy and biochemistry into inherited metabolic epilepsies, teaching and medicine into medical education at multiple levels including curricular development, music and medicine into work on the neurological problems of famous musicians which is a lecture-musical performance designed for medical and musical audiences and the public.

Experience and Education

Education

Medical School

University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1984

Baltimore, Maryland

Residency

Pediatrics-Baylor College of Medicine, 1984-1986

Houston, Texas

Residency

Neurology and Child Neurology-Baylor College of Medicine, 1986-1989

Houston, Texas

Fellowship

Clinical Neurophysiology-Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1989-1990

Boston, Massachusetts

Certifications

  • American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry: Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology

  • Child Neurology

  • American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ABCN)

  • Neurology, Subspecialty Certification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

  • American Board of Pediatrics

Professional History

Phillip L. Pearl, M.D. is Director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at Boston Children’s Hospital and William G. Lennox Chair and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Pearl, originally from Baltimore, attended Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory of Music and University of Maryland School of Medicine.  He took his residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.  He was Division Chief of Neurology at Children’s National Medical Center and Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Music at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, where he spent 23 years from 1990-2013, until relocating to Boston in January 2014.  His major research interest is inherited metabolic epilepsies with specific focus on disorders of GABA metabolism, particularly succinic Semialdehyde dehydrogenase (SSADH) deficiency.  Dr. Pearl just recently completed his 2-year term as President of the Professors of Child Neurology and 6-year term on the Neurology Residency Review Committee of the ACGME.  Dr. Pearl was elected Councillor to the Child Neurology Society for 2015-2017.

To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-2413 or Request an Appointment

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