Matthew B. Stern, M.D.
Parker Family Professor Emeritus of Neurology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Matthew B. Stern, MD, is the Parker Family Professor Emeritus of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director Emeritus of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center.

Dr. Stern received his B.A. from Harvard University and medical degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He completed his training in neurology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Stern cofounded Penn’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, which he helped build into one of the premier centers of its kind in the world. Dr. Stern has authored or co-authored numerous papers on Parkinson’s disease (PD) and related disorders and edited and/or co-edited 8 books. Dr. Stern has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator of many studies related to PD and movement disorders. He was also co-chair of VA Cooperative Study 468 investigating Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson’s disease and founding director of the Philadelphia VA Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center. He serves on numerous consulting boards and has lectured throughout the world. He is an inaugural member of Penn’s Academy of Master Clinicians and is a Past President of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society which has awarded him its President’s Distinguished Service Award and Honorary Membership. The University of Pennsylvania recently established the Howard Hurtig-Matthew Stern Professorship in Neurology to commemorate his contributions to Penn Medicine.

Christian Terwiesch
Panorama Patient Network Co-Founder
Professor at the Wharton School
of the University of Pennsylvania

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.

Jeff Keefer
Chairman of the Board at
The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Executive VP and CFO at DuPont (retired)

Jeff Keefer is the Co-Founder of PPN and joined the board of directors of The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) in 2013 and assumed the Chairmanship in 2015.

He is retired from the DuPont Company, where he last served as an executive vice president responsible for corporate strategy development, information technology, and other business functions. He was also executive vice president & chief financial officer of DuPont from 2006 through 2009. He currently serves on the advisory board of CVC Capital Partners, the sustainability advisory board of Novelis, and the board of directors of Progressive Waste Solutions.

Mr. Keefer believes research will deliver a cure for PD and is an active supporter. He and his wife, Anne, established the Jeff & Anne Keefer Fund for Parkinson’s Research at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to the MJFF Board, he serves on the advisory board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Aging and the board of The Parkinson Council of Philadelphia.