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David B. FitzGerald, MD

David B. FitzGerald, M.D.
Assistant Professor

(352) 376-1611 x 6277

Physical Address:

Department of Neurology
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608-1197

Mailing Address:

Neurology Service (127)
VA Medical Center
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL   32608-1197


University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA (MD) – 2000
Graduate Division of the Wharton School of Commerce and Finance,  University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (MBA) – 1980
Lafayette College, Easton, PA (BSEE) – 1976

Personal Statement

David FitzGerald is a neurologist specializing in behavioral neurology using functional neuroimaging. Dr. FitzGerald completed his medical internship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, MA in 2001. He subsequently completed his neurology residency at UMass Medical Center in 2004. Dr. FitzGerald joined the University of Florida community in 2004 as a Neurology Fellow under Kenneth M Heilman, MD.

He has strong research interests in cognitive neuroscience and functional magnetic resonance imaging. His current functional imaging projects include: diffusion tensor imaging of traumatic brain injury; clinical trial investigation as to the effectiveness of Donepizil on Alzheimer’s disease; and pathological gambling behavior.

Professional Experience

Academic Appointments

Courtesy Assistant Clinical Professor-Neurology University of Florida, Gainesville, FL  – 2006 – Present
Staff Physician-Neurology Service, Associate Investigator-Research Service Malcom Randall VAMC, Gainesville, FL – 2008-present
Associate Investigator, Research Division Malcom Randall VAMC,  Gainesville, FL – 2006-2008

Post Graduate Training

Behavioral Neurology Fellow, University of Florida Medical School, Gainesville, FL – 2004-2006
Neurology Resident, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA – 2001-2004
Medical Intern, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Brighton, MA – 2000-2001

Awards and Honors

The Nickols Award “For exemplary scholarship, teaching and compassionate care in the Neurology Residency, in the tradition of Jess Nickols, MD” – June 2004
Resident Travel Award- National Epifellows Foundation – 2004
Systems-Based Practice Competency Award (University of Massachusetts Medical School Neurology Department) – June 2003 & June 2004
Resident Travel Award- American Academy of Neurology  – 2003 & 2004
Nominated for Intern of the Year at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center – 2000
Volunteer- Massachusetts General Hospital 2000+ hours – 1996

Professional Society Memberships

Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology – 2005-present
American Academy of Neurology – 2002-present
Massachusetts Medical Society – 2000-present
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers – 1973-present


Program Committee for the Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society – 2012
3T users group- chair- University of Florida/Malcom Randall VAMC – 2007-present

Selected Publications

  1. Harnish SM, Meinzer M, Trinastic J, FitzGerald D, Page S, Language changes coincide with motor and fMRI changes following upper extremity motor therapy for hemiparesis: a brief report, Brain Imaging and Behavior, in press, published on-line 12 October 2011, (PMID 21989635, DOI:10.1007/s11682-011-9139-y)
  2. FitzGerald DB, Crosson BA, Diffusion Weighted Imaging and Neuropsychological Correlates in Adults with mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Int J Psychophysiol, 2011, 82, 79-85 (PMID 21338633, DOI:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2011.02.011)
  3. FitzGerald DB, Gullet J, Levy CE, Crosson BA, Delayed diagnosis of intracerebral foreign body from the Vietnam War, Military Medicine, Feb 2011, 176(2), 228-231 (PMID 21366090)
  4. Parkinson, RB, Raymer A, Chang, Y-L, FitzGerald DB, Crosson B, Lesion Characteristics Related to Treatment Improvement in Object and Action Naming for Patients with Chronic Aphasia, Brain and Language, August 2009, 110(2), 61-70 (PMID 19625076)
  5. FitzGerald DB, Crucian GP, Mielke, JB, Shenal BV, Burks D, Womack KB, Ghacibeh G, Drago V, Foster PS, Valenstein E, Heilman KM, Effects of Donepezil on Semantic Processing and Verbal Memory in Healthy Older Adults, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, June 2008,  21(2), 57-64 (PMID 18541979)

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