Dr. Townsend graduated from Haverford College and did his medical training at Penn State University. He then studied neurology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was on the faculty at UCLA hospitals while doing a fellowship in epilepsy surgery and clinical neurophysiology. He returned to the east coast in 1990 and practiced with neurology associates for 20 years. He has continued to maintain attending status at Christiana Care with clinical appointment at Thomas Jefferson University.