Dr. Tetrud earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and worked for Hughes Aircraft Company and Lockheed Missiles and Space before pursuing a career in medicine. After graduating from New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Tetrud completed a straight medical internship at the Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles and residency training in neurology at UCLA/Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital, where he was Chief Resident in Neurology. He continued his postgraduate education with a fellowship at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London, England, as well as a fellowship in movement disorders in the Department of Neurology at Stanford University Medical Center. In the early 1980’s, Dr.Tetrud, together with Dr. J. William Langston and others identified intravenous drug users with parkinsonism caused by a neurotoxin known as “MPTP”, currently used widely as a research tool for the study of Parkinson’s disease. Since joining The Parkinson’s Institute in 1988, Dr. Tetrud has authored and coauthored over 60 journal articles and book chapters. His work has been published in Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Movement Disorders, and Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, among others. He has lectured widely to both lay and medical professional groups and has served as the site principal investigator for numerous clinical trials in the areas of Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders. His current clinical research interest is quantitative assessment of movement and gait dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Tetrud is Medical Director of the Movement Disorders Center at the Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale, California. He is Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Stanford Medical Center and has a courtesy appointment at El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, California. He is board certified in neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Movement Disorder Society, the California Medical Association, and the Santa Clara County Medical Society.