Florian P. Thomas, MD, MA, PhD
|Florian P. Thomas, MD, MA, PhD|
Professor of Neurology
Associate Professor of Molecular Virology
Saint Louis University Medical Center
Spinal Cord Injury
1438 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104
In 1982/1983 Dr. Thomas obtained an M.D., a doctorate in microbiology and an M.A. in psychology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn, Germany. From 1983 until 1987 he trained in neurology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. During the next 3 years he pursued postdoctoral training in neuromuscular diseases and neuroimmunology at Columbia University. He then engaged in a clinical fellowship in AIDS-Neurology at the Montreal Neurological Institute, and completed a Ph.D. at McGill University and the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal. He joined the faculty of the department of neurology of Saint Louis University in 1995.
Dr. Thomas is board certified in Neurology and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and an elected member of the American Neurological Association. He directs the National MS Society (NMSS) affiliated Multiple Sclerosis Centers at Saint Louis University and the St. Louis VA Medical Center. He attends on the general neurology service at Saint Louis University and the neurorehabilitation service at St. Mary's Hospital. He has been an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
He co-founded the St. Louis chapters of The Neuropathy Association and the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association. He is a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee and the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Gateway Chapter of NMSS, and of the Board of Trustees of Paraquad, the St. Louis Center for Independent Living. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Missouri Spinal Cord Injuries Research Program His efforts on behalf of people with MS were recognized with the NMSS Pathlighter Award and with a Congressional Proclamation. He is listed in Best Doctors in America.
His clinical and research interests focus on multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, neurogenetics, neuromuscular conditions, history of medicine, the neurology of AIDS and vitamin deficiencies. With international collaborators he identified a novel disease gene for dominant intermediate Charcot-Marie-Tooth type C neuropathy (Nat Gen 2006;38:197-202). Other research has focused on the use of IVIG in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (Lancet Neurology 2008;7:136-144) and testosterone levels in men with spinal cord injury (Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2008;9:758-67). He is an investigator in multiple clinical trials of MS drugs.