Alan Towne, MD, MPH
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Alan R. Towne, MD, MPH is a Professor of Neurology, Epidemiology and Community Health at Virginia Commonwealth University and is past Chair of the Department of Neurology. He is currently the National Director of the Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoE) for the Veterans Administration (VA). He is also Director of the VA Headache Center of Excellence, one of seven national centers treating veterans with post-traumatic headaches. His clinical and research interests include; status epilepticus, the development of new anti-epileptic drugs, post-traumatic epilepsy, seizures in the elderly, neuro-epidemiology and post-traumatic headache. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society, the American Epilepsy Society, the Virginia Neurological Association, the Richmond Academy of Medicine and the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia where he is on the Professional Advisory Board and has been included in Best Doctors in Richmond.
Dr. Towne served as the Division Surgeon of the 29th Infantry Division, before his retirement in 2017, and has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and is the author of various chapters on the diagnosis and management of seizures. He has received research funding by the NIH, the Department of Veterans Affairs and has been the principal investigator for many clinical trials in epilepsy and headache. He serves as a reviewer for a number of journals including Epilepsia, Neurology, Resuscitation, Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, Journal of Emergency Medicine, Epilepsy Research and the Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.