Saint Louis University

Alfonso X from his Libros de los Dados.

The Division of Neurology and Psychiatry will host  joint Grand Rounds at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Lecture Hall 1 of Schwitalla Hall. Florian Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., will present neuropsychiatric phenomena described in a 13th-century Spanish text of miracles ascribed to the Virgin Mary.

All members of the Saint Louis University community are invited to attend the session.

Thomas will present his studies of the historical, cultural and political context in which some 400 miracles by the Virgin Mary were described, set to music and illustrated as the Canticles of St. Mary in the late 13th century at the court of Alfonso X the Wise, King of Spain, with a focus on neuropsychiatric phenomena.

Thomas obtained his medical degree and his master's degree in psychology at the University of Bonn, Germany, and a doctorate in molecular biology at McGill University, Canada.

He trained in neurology at Case Western Reserve University, in neuroimmunology at Columbia University, and in AIDS neurology at McGill University.

He is board certified in neurology and spinal cord medicine.

In 1995, he joined Saint Louis University and the St. Louis VA, and founded and directs multiple sclerosis centers at both institutions. He also founded the VA Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Program. From 2004 to 2011, he was the director of the St. Louis VA Spinal Cord Injury Service.

His clinical and research interests focus on the genetics of hereditary neuropathies, history of medicine, vocational rehabilitation, drug trials in multiple sclerosis, telemedicine, patient centered care, health behavior, pain rehab and sexual health.

He serves on the editorial boards of Sexuality and Disability, the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development and the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine.

His efforts on behalf of persons with MS were recognized by the 2006 St. Louis NMSS Pathlighter award and by a congressional proclamation in 2008. He serves on the government relations and clinical advisory committees of the St. Louis chapter of the National MS Society. He has been recognized by "Best Doctors in America" since 2007.