Boston Childrens Hospital Welcomes New Epilepsy Chief

BOSTON (March 19, 2014)—  Boston Children’s Hospital today announced Phillip L. Pearl, MD, has joined the institution’s Department of Neurology as chief of the Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.  Pearl, who succeeds Blaise Bourgeois, MD as chief, also will serve as professor of neurology and William G. Lennox Chair at Harvard Medical School. 

“Dr. Pearl is the leading expert in metabolic causes of epilepsy in the United States and loved by the children and families for whom he provides medical care,” says Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, Boston Children’s neurologist-in-chief and chairman of the Department of Neurology. “We are delighted that he has taken on the leadership of the Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at Boston Children’s.” 

The new chief comes to Boston Children’s from Children’s National Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., where he served as chief of child neurology since 2007 and director of Neurology Educational Programs at George Washington University School of Medicine for more than 10 years. 

His research interests include pediatric neurotransmitter disorders and epilepsy, specifically succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency (SSADHD). Pearl has published more than 125 manuscripts, 67 chapters and two books focused on child neurology. 

Pearl has demonstrated a long-standing dedication to training the next generation of physicians, having served as the director of the Neurology Fellowship Training Program at Children’s National, and director of both the Neurology Clinical Clerkship and medical student pre-clinical neurology education at George Washington University School of Medicine.

Outside of his clinical and research work, he is president of the Professors of Child Neurology, the national organization representing academic pediatric neurology, and serves on the Neurology Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.  

Pearl is also a professional jazz musician and his CD, Live at Jazzmatazz, received its debut at the Blues Alley jazz club in Washington, D.C.  He is married to Maria Tartaglia Pearl, MD, a pediatrician from Georgetown University School of Medicine, and has four children.

About Boston Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s Hospital is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the largest provider of health care to Massachusetts children. In addition to 395 pediatric and adolescent inpatient beds and 228 outpatient programs, Boston Children’s houses the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries benefit both children and adults. More than 1,100 scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, 13 members of the Institute of Medicine and 14 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. For more information about the hospital visit:

Katie Ramirez
Boston Children’s Hospital

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