Maria I. Hella, MD

Banner Maria Hella MD

Maria Hella, MD, 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 fulfilled her medicine internship and completed her residency in neurology at the University of Florida where she received the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Patient Care.  She went on to complete a fellowship in EEG and clinical neurophysiology.

Dr Hella is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and also possesses the ABPN advanced certification in epilepsy. She serves on the executive board of the Florida Society of Neurology.  She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society.

Clinical Interests

Dr Hella cares for patients with epilepsy and related disorders. She is committed to providing quality, compassionate, care with special focus on treatment of medically refractory seizures and state-of-the-art surgical evaluation.

Research Interests

Her research interests include prolonged video EEG monitoring with a focus on non-convulsive status epilepticus and long–term outcomes of seizure disorders more generally. She is also involved in developing quality improvement initiatives in the care of patients with epilepsy.

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)


University of Florida / Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL  (2007)

Neurology Residency

University of Florida / Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL (2010)


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


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.

Ertekin-Taner N, Ronald J, Feuk L, Prince J, Tucker M, Younkin L, Hella M, Jain S, Hackett A, Scanlin L, Kelly J, Kihiko-Ehman M, Neltner M, Hersh L, Kindy M, Markesbery W, Hutton M, de Andrade M, Petersen RC, Graff-Radford N, Estus S, Brookes AJ, Younkin SG. Elevated amyloid beta protein (Abeta42) and late onset Alzheimer’s disease are associated with single nucleotide polymorphisms in the urokinase-type plasminogen activator gene. Hum Mol Genet. 2005 Feb 1;14(3):447-60.

Ertekin-Taner N, Ronald J, Asahara H, Younkin L, Hella M, Jain S, Gnida E, Younkin S, Fadale D, Ohyagi Y, Singleton A, Scanlin L, de Andrade M, Petersen R, Graff-Radford N, Hutton M, Younkin S. Fine mapping of the alpha-T catenin gene to a quantitative trait locus on chromosome 10 in late-onset Alzheimer’s disease pedigrees. Hum Mol Genet. 2003 Dec 1;12(23):3133-43.

Lentz M, Zanardi T, Filzen R, Carter J, Hella M. Functional analysis of a carboxyl-terminal phosphorylation mutant of the bovine papillomavirus E1 protein. J Mol Biol. 2002 Feb 22;316(3):599-609.

For a complete listing of publications click here.

Contact Information

Department of Neurology
Box 100236
Gainesville, FL 32610
(352) 273-5550 (phone)
(352) 273-5575 (fax)