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University of Southern California – Daniel Pelletier, M.D.



Vice Chairman of Research, Department of Neurology


Professor of Neurology and Radiology


Eric and Peggy Lieber Endowed Chair


Chief, Neuro-Immunology Division and USC Multiple Sclerosis Center


Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California









Dr. Pelletier is a clinician-scientist born and educated in the Province of Quebec, Canada. After first receiving a bachelor degree in Computer Sciences and studying a year in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Pelletier received his M.D. degree in 1994 and completed his Neurology training at Laval University and at McGill University. He subsequently received research training in multiple sclerosis and advanced magnetic resonance imaging techniques at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI).

He joined the University of California, San Francisco MS Center in 1999 as a clinical instructor and a recipient of a National Multiple Sclerosis Physician Fellowship Award Grant for his work in molecular imaging. He then received the Harry Weaver Neuroscientist Scholar Award in 2005 from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for his research on magnetic resonance spectroscopy at high field strength and was recipient of the Andy and Debbie Rachleff Distinguished Professorship endowed chair in Neurology at UCSF in 2009. Dr. Pelletier joined Yale University in January 2011 to lead the MS Program as Chief of the Neuro- Immunology Division and Yale Multiple Sclerosis Center until March 2015. He joined the University of Southern California in Los Angeles to become Vice-Chair of Research and Chief of the Neuro-Immunology and MS Division. He holds dual appointment in the Neurology and Radiology Departments.

Dr. Pelletier has received extra-mural research funding from the U.S. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Institute of Health, and the Immune Tolerance Network. His work has been published in New England Journal of Medicine, Brain, Annals of Neurology, Lancet Neurology, British Medical Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Neuroimage, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Human Brain Mapping, Neurology, and Human Molecular Genetics.

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