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Warwick J. Peacock MD
  • Professor Emeritus                           
UCSF Neurological Surgery faculty since 1997
Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Dr. Peacock held the Dennis Bruce Dettmer Professorship of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is an expert in the surgical treatment of intractable epilepsy of childhood and an innovator in the treatment of spasticity.
Dr. Peacock has one of the largest series of operations for epileptic seizures in children of any surgeon in the world, having performed more than 80 hemispherectomies, as well as lobectomies and focal resections, and disconnective procedures including corpus callosal resection and multiple subpial transections to disrupt abnormal brain electrical activity. In addition, Dr. Peacock continues his specialty practice in the treatment of children with spinal disorders and malformations.
He is internationally recognized for developing a safe and effective surgical procedure now used widely to treat spasticity in children who have cerebral palsy. In certain patients with cerebral palsy, selective posterior rhizotomy can improve their range of movement and function. The procedure can also sometimes be used to treat children and adults who have spasticity resulting from multiple sclerosis or spinal-cord injury.
Dr. Peacock has had an international practice in all types of pediatric neurosurgical disorders with an emphasis on pediatric spinal abnormalities and craniofacial anomalies. Now mainly dedicated to research, Dr. Peacock remains a consultant to the Pediatric Neurological Surgery Program, the Epilepsy, Movement Disorders and Pain Programs, and the Neurospinal Disorders Program.
Education, Training, and Previous Positions
1962: BSc, University of Stellenbosch
1966: MB, ChB, University of Cape Town
1967-1968: Internship, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town
1968-1970: Family Practice, Touwsriver and Durban, South Africa
1970-1972: Lecturer in Anatomy, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa
1973-1975: Postgraduate Surgical Training, King Edward VIII Hospital, Durban
1975: FRCS, University of Edinburgh
1975-1977: Postgradute Neurosurgical Traiing, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town
1978: Fellowship, University of Toronto
1978: Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowship, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
1979-1983: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery, University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Memorial Children's Hospital, Rondebosch, Cape Town
1983-1985: Associate Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery, University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Memorial Children's Hospital, Rondebosch, Cape Town
1986-1990: Associate Professor and Head of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Division of Neurosurgery, UCLA School of Medicine
1990-1997: Professor and Head of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Division of Neurosurgery, UCLA School of Medicine
1997-2001: Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, UCSF School of Medicine
1998-2001: Dennis Bruce Dettmer Professor of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, UCSF School of Medicine
Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments
Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
Fellow, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Southern California Neurosurgical Society
California Association of Neurological Surgery
California Neurosurgical Association for Pediatrics
American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
Western Neurosurgical Society
San Francisco Neurological Society
Selected Honors and Awards
1962: Taljaard Prize for Best Student in Basic Medical Sciences Examination
1990: The Outstanding Physician of the Year Award, presented by the Department of Nursing, UCLA Medical Center
1992: Folke Bernadotte Award, Folke Bernadotte Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden
1993-present: The Best Doctors in America, Directory published by Woodward/White, Inc.
1994: The 1994 E. Bruce Hendrick Visiting Professor, University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
Warwick J. Peacock MD
University of California, San Francisco
Department of Neurological Surgery
505 Parnassus Ave. M-779
San Francisco, CA 94143-0112
Selected Recent Publications
Bergsneider M, Peacock WJ, Mazziotta JC, Becker DP. Beneficial effect of siphoning in treatment of adult hydrocephalus. Arch Neurol 1999;56:1224-9.
Cepeda C, Li Z, Cromwell HC, Altemus KL, Crawford CA, Nansen EA, Ariano MA, Sibley DR, Peacock WJ, Mathern GW, Levine MS. Electrophysiological and morphological analyses of cortical neurons obtained from children with catastrophic epilepsy: dopamine receptor modulation of glutamatergic responses. Dev Neurosci 1999;21:223-35.
Danielpour M, Peacock WJ. Epilepsy surgery in children. Clin Neurosurg 2000;47:400-21.
Danielpour M, von Koch CS, Ojemann SG, Peacock WJ. Disconnective hemispherectomy. Pediatr Neurosurg 2001;35:169-72.
Farmer DL, von Koch CS, Peacock WJ, Danielpour M, Gupta N, Lee H, Harrison MR. In utero repair of myelomeningocele: experimental pathophysiology, initial clinical experience, and outcomes. Arch Surg 2003;138:872-8.
Leiphart JW, Peacock WJ, Mathern GW. Lobar and multilobar resections for medically intractable pediatric epilepsy. Pediatr Neurosurg 2001;34:311-8.
Mathern GW, Giza CC, Yudovin S, Vinters HV, Peacock WJ, Shewmon DA, Shields WD. Postoperative seizure control and antiepileptic drug use in pediatric epilepsy surgery patients: the UCLA experience, 1986-1997. Epilepsia 1999;40:1740-9.
Mathern GW, Mendoza D, Lozada A, Pretorius JK, Dehnes Y, Danbolt NC, Nelson N, Leite JP, Chimelli L, Born DE, Sakamoto AC, Assirati JA, Fried I, Peacock WJ, Ojemann GA, Adelson PD. Hippocampal GABA and glutamate transporter immunoreactivity in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Neurology 1999;52:453-72.
Mummaneni PV, Simon EM, Peacock WJ, Barkovich AJ. MR artifact mimicking a temporal lobe lesion in an epilepsy patient. Pediatr Neurosurg 1999;30:203-5.
Paek BW, Farmer DL, Wilkinson CC, Albanese CT, Peacock W, Harrison MR, Jennings RW. Hindbrain herniation develops in surgically created myelomeningocele but is absent after repair in fetal lambs. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2000;183:1119-23.
Shields WD, Shewmon DA, Peacock WJ, LoPresti CM, Nakagawa JA, Yudovin S. Surgery for the treatment of medically intractable infantile spasms: a cautionary case. Epilepsia 1999;40:1305-8.
Smyth MD, Peacock WJ. The surgical treatment of spasticity. Muscle Nerve 2000;23:153-63.
von Koch CS, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Gulati M, Lyon R, Peacock WJ, Yingling CD. Clinical outcome in children undergoing tethered cord release utilizing intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring. Pediatr Neurosurg 2002;37:81-6.
von Koch CS, Park TS, Steinbok P, Smyth M, Peacock WJ. Selective posterior rhizotomy and intrathecal baclofen for the treatment of spasticity. Pediatr Neurosurg 2001;35:57-65.
Wilkinson CC, Albanese CT, Jennings RW, Feldstein VA, Goldberg JD, Baehner FL, Farrell JA, Peacock WJ, Harrison MR. Fetal neurenteric cyst causing hydrops: case report and review of the literature. Prenat Diagn 1999;19:118-21.
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