Gregory F. Molnar, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

Associate Professor of Neurology and Industry Fellow

Chair - MnDRIVE Industry Partnerships 

University of Minnesota Medical School

President - American Parkinson’s Disease Association, MN Chapter (

Fellow of the Medical Device Innovation Consortium

Dr. Molnar brings to UMN his 20 years of experience as a medical device innovator and expertise in neuromodulation research and therapies. Greg provides leadership to the clinical and preclinical research across the UMN Deep Brain Stimulation Research program. He works with his team to grow the visibility and impact of their discoveries and therapy innovations in this space.  Dr. Molnar trained as a clinical neuroscientist at the University of Toronto, where his research focused on the mechanism of action of deep brain stimulation. Greg has always been passionate about innovations that simplify, and foster patient access, and started his medical device career with a small consulting business in Canada while finishing his studies. 

Dr. Molnar holds several patents and publications in the neurostimulation space and leverages his leadership by chairing and serving on various industry, academic and government committees to help advance the field.

Prior to joining UMN, Dr. Molnar serve as the director of neuromodulation research at Medtronic plc and was responsible for providing strategic leadership and partnership to his team of scientists and their many internal and external stakeholders to advance our understanding of several therapies including: Deep Brain Stimulation, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, Gastric Stimulation, and Intrathecal Drug Infusion. Greg has a huge focus on customer engagement and was a primary contact involved with establishing and maintaining research collaborations. 

Greg Molnar