The Epilepsy Foundation announced in June 2012 that the Board of Directors had selected Philip M. Gattone, M.Ed., to lead the Foundation as its president and CEO. In this role with the Epilepsy Foundation, Phil was responsible for the development and management of a consolidated $90 million global operation and mission delivery for families with epilepsy.

Phil also has a long personal history with epilepsy and is recognized as a leader in the epilepsy community. He came to the Foundation's national office from an affiliate, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, where he served as president and CEO.

Phil’s introduction to the world of epilepsy began in 1991 when his son Philip, now 30, experienced his first seizure. Since that time, Phil has educated many thousands of people across the United States and around the world about epilepsy and its impact on families. Phil served four years as director of education for Rush Epilepsy Center in Chicago, several years as CEO of the Foundation’s Chicago affiliate, and later as senior director of Affiliate Relations at the Foundation’s national office.

Upon being appointed CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation in 2012, Phil sought to bring numerous orginizations together to unite the global epilepsy community for the benefit of people impacted by seizures. In one such effort, the Foundation completed a merger with the Epilepsy Therapy Project, resulting in the formation of the highest ranked epilepsy website in the world, Phil also created several new global health initiatives, including the Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP Institute, the Epilepsy Foundation Wellness Institute, the Epilepsy Innovation Institute, Athletes vs Epilepsy, the Epilepsy Foundation Kids Crew, and the Epilepsy Community Action Network.

Phil was elected to represent North America for the International Bureu for Epilepsy and has served on their International Executive Committee. Phil has authored numerous publications on epilepsy and its impact on individuals and families.

Phil received his Bachelor's Degree in Marketing in 1981 from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and his Master's Degree in Education in 2000 from National Louis University in Chicago. Phil is the recipient of numerous leadership awards, serves as a member of the American Epilepsy Society and Sigma Chi Fraternity and, volunteers for several community civic organizations. Phil and his wife, Jill, have four children and live in Alexandria, Virginia.

On December 11, 2019, the Foundation announced that Phil was stepping down from his position as president and chief executive officer effective December 31, 2019.

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Epilepsy Foundation Communications
Thursday, January 2, 2020