James W. Wheless, BScPharm, M.D., FAAP, FACP, FAAN, FAES

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

Dr. Wheless is Professor and Chief of Pediatric Neurology and the Le Bonheur Chair in Pediatric Neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He also serves as Director of the Neuroscience Institute and the Le Bonheur Comprehensive Epilepsy Program for the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He is also the Co-Director of the Tuberous Sclerosis Center of Excellence at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Wheless is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Epilepsy. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Pediatrics; the American Academy of Neurology & the American Epilepsy Society. Dr. Wheless is a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Child Neurology, Formulary, and Epilepsy.com and serves as reviewer of a number of journals including: Neurology; Epilepsia; Pediatrics; and Epilepsy and Behavior. Dr. Wheless primary interests include childhood convulsive disorders. His research is focused on pediatric anti-epileptic drug development, the ketogenic diet, epilepsy surgery, device therapy, and non-invasive functional brain mapping. Dr. Wheless is the author of more than 710 chapters, articles and abstracts on these subjects. He is the editor of four textbooks on epilepsy. He has lectured widely on pediatric epilepsy. He received his pharmacy and medical degree from the University of Oklahoma and completed residency training in pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma and then pediatric neurology at Northwestern University in Chicago at Children’s Memorial Hospital. His EEG/Clinical epilepsy training was at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He founded and directed the Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program before moving to his current position.

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