Maria I. Hella, M.D.

maria.hella@neurology.ufl.edu

Maria Hella, M.D., has a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the Division of Epilepsy in the Department of Neurology as well as the Division of Neuro-Hospital Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  Dr. Hella received her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of North Florida and her medical degree from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. She went on to complete her medicine internship and her residency in neurology at the University of Florida where she also completed a fellowship in EEG and clinical neurophysiology.

Dr. Hella is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Florida Society of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society and the Neurohospitalist Society.

She received the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Patient Care in the department of neurology. Her clinical interests are focused on epilepsy and surgical treatment of refractory seizures, while research interests include: prolonged video EEG monitoring in the Neuro-ICU with focus on studying nonconvulsive status epilepticus as well as long–term outcomes of seizures in the ICU.

Clinical Interests

Refractory epilepsy
Neurohospital medicine
Critical care monitoring
Clinical neurophysiology
Quality improvement initiatives

Awards and Recognitions

Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Patient Care – UF Shands Department of Neurology – 2009-2010
UNF Research Scholarship for exploring the mechanism of replication of the Bovine Papillomavirus – Summer 1999[

Medical Education

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, 2006

Internship

University of Florida / Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL – 2007

Neurology Residency

University of Florida / Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL 2010

Fellowship

EEG/Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship – University of Florida / Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL 2011

Publications

Hedna VS, Kumar A, Miller B, Bidari S, Salardini A, Waters MF, Hella M, Valenstein E, Eisenschenk S.  Intracranial hypotension masquerading as nonconvulsive status epilepticus; report of 3 cases.  J. Neurosurg. 2014 Mar; 120(3):624-7.

Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, James Ronald, Hideaki Asahara, Linda Younkin, Maria Hella, Shushant Jain, Samuel Younkin, Daniel Fadale, Adam Singleton, Leah Scanlin, Mariza de Andrande, Ronald Petersen, Neill Graff-Radford, Michael Hutton and Steven Younkin. Fine mapping of the α-T catenin gene to a chromosome 10 in late-onset Alzheimer’s disease pedigrees. Human Molecular Genetics (2003) Vol 12, No23: 3133-3143.

James Ronald, Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, Linda Younkin, Samuel Younkin, Maria Hella, Daniel Fadale, Shushant Jain, Neill Graff-Radford, Michael Hutton and Steven Younkin. Linkage mapping of a β-amyloid quantitative trait locus on chromosome 10 in late-onset Alzheimer’s disease pedigrees. The 8th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Stockholm 2002. Poster session.

Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, James Ronald, Amanda Myers, Michael Tucker, Samuel Younkin, Maria Hella, Shushant Jain, Leah Scanlin, Helen Marshall, Steven Edland, Ronald Petersen, Neill Graff-Radford, Michael Hutton, Steve Estus, Allison Goate and Steven Younkin. Urokinase plasminogen activator haplotypes are significantly associated with β-amyloid 42 and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The 8th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Stockholm 2002. Poster session.

Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, James Ronald,  Maria Hella, Shushant Jain, Matthew Baker, Jennifer Adamson, Daniel Fadale, Linda Younkin, Neill Graff-Radford, Michael Hutton, and Steven Younkin. Identification of a novel late-onset Alzheimer gene on chromosome 10.  The 8th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Stockholm 2002. Hot topics oral presentation session.