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Dr. Powell received his doctorate of medicine from the University College (Dublin, Ireland) in 1970. He completed a rotating internship at the Philadelphia General Hospital, affiliated with Jefferson Medical School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) during 1970-71. He completed a residency in Combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at UC San Diego (1971-75) and a Chief Residency in Neuropathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (1975-76). Professor Powell has clearly excelled in all academic missions. He is a distinguished world authority in experimental neuropathology with emphasis upon the peripheral neuropathies. He has trained numerous residents and fellows who have gone on to become directors of neuropathology at other distinguished academic institutions. Dr. Powell has over 200 published articles. He has held many positions of service at UC San Diego, including Interim Chair of the Department of Pathology, Director of the Pathology Residency Program, Head of the Division of Neuropathology, Neuropathologist to the Veterans Affairs of San Diego Healthcare System, membership in the Department of Pathology Management Committee and the Pathology Housestaff Committee, and Director of the Neuropathology Residency Program.