Dr. Ilo Leppik

Dr. Ilo Leppik


Dr. Ilo E. Leppik is the Director of research of MINCEP Epilepsy Care in Minneapolis and Professor of Pharmacy and Neurology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Leppik is the past President of the American Epilepsy Society, past Chairman of the American Epilepsy Society Guidelines Task Force, and the past president of the Central Society for Neurological Research. He also was on the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of America and chaired its professional advisory board. He maintains an active outpatient practice at MINCEP Epilepsy Care and is on the active staffs of Abbott Northwestern Hospital, University of Minnesota-Fairview Hospital, Gillette Children's Hospital and Minneapolis Children's Hospital. A major current effort is working with nursing home medical directors to improve use of drugs in nursing homes.

Major honors include The Penfield Prize from the Montreal Neurological Institute, the 2007 William G. Lennox Award from the American Epilepsy Society, and the 2007 the Ludvig Puusepp Achievement Award, Estonian Neurological Society.

From 1986 to 2006, Dr. Leppik was a founding and managing editor of an international journal, Epilepsy Research.

Currently, he is principal investigator of an NIH funded grant for using naturally occurring canine status epilepticus as a translational platform to develop new drugs and is the principal investigator of a multicenter study of epilepsy in the elderly. Dr. Leppik’s research is widely published with over 210 peer reviewed articles and 240 abstracts. He has coauthored numerous books and authored Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of the Patient With Epilepsy which has 650,000 copies in print and Epilepsy: A Guide to Balance Your Life, sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology as part of their educational series for patients and families.