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Thomas Wichmann, MD

Professor
Department of Neurology

Biography

Dr. Wichmann obtained his medical training in Germany, at the Universities of Münster and Freiburg, graduating in 1984 with a medical degree from the University of Freiburg. He received postdoctoral training in Pharmacology at the University of Freiburg, as well as training in in vivo primate electrophysiology in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD).  In the early 1990s, he completed residency training in Neurology at Emory University (Atlanta, GA), and became a faculty member in the movement disorder division in Emory’s Department of Neurology in 1996. He is part of the deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery team at Emory, providing intraoperative electrophysiologic expertise, as well as pre- and postoperative assessments of patients with Parkinson’s disease and other conditions. He is currently the A. Worley Brown Professor of Neurology and Associate Director of the movement disorder division at Emory, specializing in Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease.

Dr. Wichmann’s research focuses on brain activity changes that are associated with Parkinson’s disease, and the effects of DBS on brain networks, with the goal of developing more effective and safer interventions to help those with Parkinsonism or involuntary movements. His research has been continuously funded by the NIH as well as foundation grants. Dr. Wichmann also serves as PI and project PI of Emory’s NINDS-funded Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research.  In addition to conducting cutting-edge research into the brain circuit abnormalities in Parkinson’s disease, the Udall Center helps to coordinate collaborations in Parkinson’s disease research, organizes seminars and other educational activities, and provides outreach to parkinsonian patients and their caregivers. 

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