Dr. Easton was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha.
He was a Medicine Intern and Neurology Resident at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and assumed his first academic appointment at the University of California at San Diego. He assumed his present position, in 1986, of Professor & Chairman, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Brown Medical School, and Neurologist-in-Chief at the Rhode Island Hospital.
He has been a Director of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, a Councilor of the American Neurological Association, Officer of the Association of University Professors of Neurology, Chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Neurology, Chairman of the American Heart Association Stroke Council, Chairman of the Neurological Disorders Program, Project Review Committee-A at the NIH, and is presently on the NIH Advisory Council for the Neurological Institute.
Dr. Easton has served on numerous Steering, Advisory, Organizing and Monitoring Committees for many clinical trials and congresses. He also has served on the editorial boards of many journals. He has published more than 270 journal articles, books, chapters & miscellaneous publications.
Dr. Easton is an honorary member of the Stroke Society of Australasia, the Austrian Society for Stroke Research, the Belgian Stroke Society and the Mexican Association of Cerebral Vascular Disease.