Page B. Pennell, MD, FAES

  • Chair, Department of Neurology
  • Henry B. Higman Professor of Neurology

Dr. Page Pennell is Henry B. Higman Professor of Neurology and Chair of the Department of Neurology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She also continues as a volunteer Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Visiting Scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is a clinician investigator with a focus on sex-specific outcomes in epilepsy. Her current clinical studies focus on the effects of hormones on seizure provocation, pharmacokinetic changes of anti-seizure medications (ASMs) with exogenous hormones or differing reproductive phases, and maternal and fetal outcomes during pregnancy in women with epilepsy. Collaborative, multi-center studies have included funding from industry, non-profit foundations, and National Institutes of Health (NIH). This has culminated in the NIH-funding of a multi-center clinical trial across 20 sites, Maternal Outcomes and Neurodevelopmental Effects of AEDs (MONEAD). Dr. Pennell serves as multi-Principal Investigator (PI) of this project along with Dr. Kimford Meador. 

Dr. Pennell has served as President of the American Epilepsy Society and on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the American Epilepsy Society and the Epilepsy Foundation. She has over 130 original and peer-reviewed articles in the field. She has contributed over 15 book chapters and been guest editor of publications focusing on neurology illnesses and pregnancy