Thiel Welcomes Dr. Erwin Montgomery Jr. as Neuroscience Scholar

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Montgomery will serve as the Greenville Neuromodulation Scholar of Neuroscience and Philosophy, beginning in fall 2013. A fellowship-trained Movement Disorders Specialist who has established deep brain stimulation (DBS) programs at major medical centers and universities throughout the country and has treated more than 10,000 patients with Parkinson’s disease, Montgomery was also named Medical Director of the Greenville Neuromodulation Center (GNC) in June.

GNC focuses on neuromodulation therapies, including DBS, which are used to treat chronic neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and primary dystonia. GNC was instrumental in establishing Thiel’s neuroscience program and improving the research facilities on campus in 2009.

Montgomery received his M.D. from the State University of New York School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in neurophysiology in the laboratory of Sir John Eccles. He then completed an internship in Internal Medicine, residency in neurology and fellowship in Motor Neurophysiology and Movement Disorders at Washington University.

Rapid developments in neuroscience and medical research are fueling an upsurge of student interest for colleges that offer neuroscience programs. At Thiel, Montgomery will focus on collaborating with current faculty in the psychology and biology departments to refine and revitalize the existing neuroscience curriculum. In keeping with the liberal arts focus of a Thiel College education, he will also implement a co-curricular symposium/speaker series demonstrating the connections between the sciences and the humanities. Since medical education is also quickly and constantly evolving, Montgomery will serve as an academic adviser for pre-med and allied health students at the College and will work together with Dr. Arthur E. White, professor of philosophy at Thiel College, to develop and co-teach a medical ethics course in the near future.

“Thiel is extraordinarily privileged to welcome Dr. Montgomery to its faculty,” said Dr. Lynn Franken, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. “His training and experience in the sciences combined with his zeal for building interdisciplinary understanding will meld well with Thiel strengths and values and significantly expand learning and mentoring opportunities for students.”

Montgomery’s most recent appointment was at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as the Dr. Sigmund Rosen Scholar in Neurology and Professor of Neurology. He has authored more than 100 articles, book chapters and texts on brain science and neurology and is considered a foremost expert on movement disorders and DBS programming having written a book entitled Deep Brain Stimulation Programming: Principles and Practice.

He has received numerous grants and awards, including the Roger Duvoisin Fellowship from the American Parkinson Disease Association and the Roland Mackay Award from the American Academy of Neurology. Additionally, he was elected to the American Neurological Association, a prestigious honor reserved for those neurologists who are most distinguished in the field.

About Thiel College

Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a new Master of Science in speech-language pathology and 2Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program.A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.