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Robert T. Egel, MD President, SCNS  

With over 40 years of annual educational experience, the Southern Clinical Neurological Society (SCNS) remains one of the most highly thought of conferences each year. Warm weather venues during the 3rd week in January make the meeting especially attractive for our attendees from all across North America. The blending of academic and clinical neurologists as well as other neuroscience related professionals makes for a wonderful learning experience. Presentations are given by people who possess cutting edge knowledge who provide practical information for evaluation and treatment of a variety of neurological disorders. Each day of the conference has a particular focus such as epilepsy, stroke, dementia and movement disorders, neuroimmunology and neuromuscular disorders and  headaches and sleep medicine. Meetings are half day in duration affording attendees time to explore various activities both in and around the venue. Prior to dinner each day, an informal “Meet the Professor” get together with one or two of the speakers of the day allows for an informal forum to discuss important, clinically relevant topics on common practice oriented issues and attendees are encouraged to contribute to discussions using their own cases and experience. Yearly CME requirements for attendees are generally satisfied by this one conference. One of the most gratifying things about the SCNS is the ability to meet people of similar medical interests and build friendships not only in the arena of medicine but also socially as well.


Come join us for painless knowledge enhancement!


Robert T. Egel, MD

President, SCNS  



Leslie Hightower, M.D.

Leslie Ray Hightower, M.D.

October 23, 2016


Southern Clinical Neurology Society is saddened to announce the untimely loss of a friend, long time member and SCNS President Elect  (2018-2019), Dr. Leslie Ray Hightower.


Dr. Leslie R. Hightower was a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a resident of New Orleans for 44 years. He earned a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a MD degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Charity Hospital & VA Medical Center. He was the first African American Chief Resident of Neurology and Psychology of Tulane University.


Leslie had become part of the fabric of our society. We were looking forward to his presidency and to being able to share many more moments with him and Patricia. Leslie was an outstanding professional, colleague, friend and more than anything a wonderful human being.


We lost a great friend, but the universe received a new beautiful star. We will truly miss him. 




John Pellock, M.D.


December 25th, 1943 - May 6th, 2016


Southern Clinical Neurology Society is saddened by the loss of a friend, long time member and SCNS past president (2004-2005), Dr. John M. “Jack” Pellock


Dr. Pellock passed away on May 6, 2016 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, however Jack's memory and contributions to the SCNS will forever be with us. Jack was a consistent presence at the SCNS meeting, and was tireless in his service to the society, sparing no effort in promoting its educational objective. Dr. Pellock was a member of the society for more than 20 years and part of the executive board just short of 12 years.


Dr. Pellock was a leader in the field of epilepsy. He was internationally recognized for his contributions in epilepsy drug therapy and clinical care. He was the author of more than 200 journal articles & 70 book chapters, and chief editor of Pellock’s Pediatric Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Therapy, considered the gold standard for diagnosis, treatment, classification, and management of childhood epilepsies.


Dr. Pellock was president of the American Epilepsy Society 2010-2011 and is the recipient of many awards, including the American Epilepsy Society (AES) J. Kiffin Penry Award in 2004 for the impact his work had on improving the quality of life for people with epilepsy. Dr. Pellock was an inspiration to many colleagues and trainees, and anyone who interacted with him.


His contributions to the society will be with us for years to come. He will be greatly missed.