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Timothy A. Pedley, MD
Henry and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Neurology
Attending Neurologist


  • BA: Pomona College
  • MD: Yale University
  • Internship: Stanford University Hospital (Internal Medicine)
  • Residency: Stanford University Hospital (Neurology)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University (Epilepsy - EEG)
Board Certification:
Neurology; Clinical Neurophysiology

Office Location:
710 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
Telephone: (212) 305-6489 || Fax: (212) 305-6978

Dr. Pedley is Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Neurology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and Attending Neurologist at the Neurological Institute of New York, part of the New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. He served as Chair of Columbia's Department of Neurology and as Neurologist-in-Chief at the Neurological Institute from 1998-2011.

Dr. Pedley received his BA degree from Pomona College and his MD degree cum laude from Yale University. He trained in neurology at Stanford University and obtained additional experience in child neurology at the University of Colorado, after which he returned to Stanford to complete fellowships in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. He was a member of the faculty of the School of Medicine at Stanford University from 1975-1979. During 1978-79, Dr. Pedley was a Research Fellow in Experimental Neurology at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, and in 1979 he was recruited to the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Pedley's major clinical and research interests have related to epilepsy, and he has made both basic laboratory and clinical contributions to the field. Most recently, he has collaborated with colleagues Drs. Ruth Ottman and W. Allen Hauser in family studies of epilepsy and identification of genes associated with human epilepsy syndromes. In 1989, Dr. Pedley established the Neurological Institute's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, one of the first such centers in New York State to be accredited by the Department of Health. He has edited several standard textbooks on epilepsy, EEG and neurology. He was Editor-in-Chief of Epilepsia, the international professional journal of epilepsy, from 1994 to 2001. In 1995, Dr. Pedley was named Ambassador for Epilepsy by the International League Against Epilepsy and the International Bureau for Epilepsy for his international contributions to epilepsy, and in 2006, he received the William G. Lennox Award of the American Epilepsy Society for lifetime achievements.

Dr. Pedley is a major leader in American neurology. He has been President of the American Academy of Neurology (2013-2015), the American Neurological Association (2007-2009), the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (1989-1990), the American Epilepsy Society (1991-1992), and the Epilepsy Foundation of America (1991-1993) where he was later Chairman of the Board (1993-1995). He also served as Chairman of the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (1989-1990). He was a member of the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council of the NINDS/NIH from 2007-2011. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2007. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY.

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