Chair of the Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Neurology at HackensackUMC
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at HackensackUMC
Florian P. Thomas, M.D.
Dr. Thomas is a clinician-scientist with extensive management and programmatic leadership experience. He is board-certified in neurology, spinal cord medicine, and neural repair and rehabilitation; and fellowship-trained in neuro-immunology and AIDS neurology.
A practicing neurologist since 1987, he previously served at St. Louis University Hospital, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and the St. Louis VA Medical Center as a tenured professor of neurology with appointments in physical therapy and molecular virology, founder and director of two National MS Society Multiple Sclerosis Centers and the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation Center of Excellence, director of the Clinical Research Unit. He is past associate chief for the staff of Spinal Cord Injury Service at the St. Louis VA, where he also founded and directed the Pain Rehabilitation Service.
His clinical and research interests include: neurogenetics, autoimmunity in peripheral and central nervous system diseases, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, AIDS, neuromuscular diseases, Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) neuropathy, sexual health, pain rehabilitation, and motivational interviewing. He earned a Master of Arts degree in psychology, a medical degree, and a Doctor of Medicine degree in microbiology at the University of Bonn, Germany, a Ph.D. in experimental medicine (retrovirology) at McGill University, Canada, and a Master of Science degree in health outcomes research at St. Louis University. He completed neurology and fellowship training at Case Western Reserve University, Columbia University and McGill University. He has received numerous grants, was honored with a congressional proclamation and the National MS Society Gateway Chapter Pathlighter Award, is widely published, and lectures extensively to medical colleagues, graduate students, patient groups, and elementary, middle and high school students. He speaks French, German and Italian.
Dr. Thomas is dedicated to providing patient-centered comprehensive care that addresses each person’s physical and emotional needs. In caring for patients with chronic conditions, he helps them (with assistance from their care partners) to self-advocate, engage in their own care, coordinate appointments with multiple providers, optimize health behavior, and maintain a positive attitude. His goal is to be accessible and to offer care models in which patients can see him and other team members during a single visit. He has worked closely with advocacy organizations including the National MS Society, the CMT Association, the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation, and the Centers for Independent Living.
To contact Dr. Thomas, please call 551-996-8100.