Christian Terwiesch is the Co-Founder of PPN and also the first patient who benefitted from the unique learning experience provided by PPN. Christian was diagnosed with PD in 2015 at the age of 46.
In his regular job, Christian is the Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Professor in Wharton’s Operations and Information and Decisions department, Co-Director of Penn’s Mack Institute of Innovation Management, and also holds a faculty appointment at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.
His research on operations management and on innovation management appears in many of the leading academic journals ranging from Management Science to The New England Journal of Medicine. Christian has been a competitive Ironman triathlete for over 20 years. He still trains 15–20 hours a week, though he recently noticed a significant decline in his athletic performance.
Christian attributes this decline in the slowness of movement and stiffness to PD. His friend and PPN Co-Founder, Dr. Stern, in contrast, assures Christian that this decline is the result of another disease known as aging.