Dr. M. Scott Perry
I joined the Neurosciences Program of Cook Children's in 2009 as a pediatric epileptologist, then served as the Medical Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex clinic before assuming the role of Medical Director of Neurology in 2016. My clinical and research interests focus on the treatment of childhood onset epilepsy, specifically those patients with uncontrolled epilepsy or those for which the cause has not been determined. I have an intense interest in the use of surgical therapies to treat and cure epilepsy. The majority of my research has investigated the use of multimodal imaging techniques to localize seizure onset, as well as the description of patient and disease characteristics that predict favorable outcomes from surgical therapies. The pool of candidates which may benefit from surgical therapy continues to expand and I came to Cook Children's specifically because the staff of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Comprehensive Epilepsy Program were dedicated to improving the care of children with epilepsy through cutting-edge techniques, research, and concern for their patients' wellbeing.
In addition to my interest in surgical therapies, I care for a number of patients with epilepsy secondary to genetic cause. As our understanding of epilepsy has progressed and the sophistication of genetic testing has evolved, many new gene mutations have been discovered which lead to epilepsy. These syndromes often have certain characteristics for which treatment choices may be altered and outcome changed based on understanding the genetic mutation present. Many patients may have suffered years with uncontrolled epilepsy of unknown cause, but upon reevaluation a diagnosis may be made. With these patients in mind, I created the Genetic Epilepsy Clinic at Cook Children's, along with my partners in genetics, to improve the diagnosis, understanding, and treatment of children with these rare conditions.
Outside of my clinical and research interests, I serve on a number of local, national, and international committees dedicated to improving the care of childhood onset epilepsy. My free time is often spent with my wife and two daughters- usually at one of their cheer competitions. I enjoy music of all types as well as collecting art, especially pieces related to the blues and my childhood home of the Mississippi Delta.
American Epilepsy Society, American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, Dravet Syndrome Foundation - Medical Advisory Board, Brain Recovery Project - Scientific Advisory Board, Epilepsy Foundation of Texas - Chair - Professional Advisory Board, Epilepsy Foundation of America - Professional Advisory Board,Cook Children's Physician Network
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
American Board of Neurology with special competence in Child Neurology
American Board of Neurology - Epilepsy sub-specialty
Super Doctors (2013-2015;2018-2019 Texas Rising Star)
Top Doc (2019 Fort Worth Magazine)
Mom-Approved Doctor (2015 DFW Child Magazine)
Endowed Chair recipient (2016-present Cook Children’s)
Healthcare Hero (2017 Ft Worth Business Press)
Researcher of the Month (Jan 2016 Cook Children’s Medical Center)
Top Research Abstract (Cook Children’s Research Day 2016)
PharmaTimes Clinical Researcher of the Year – Site Team Bronze Medal Winner (2018)