David Brandon Burtis, D.O.


Although it was his original intention to have a career in Physical Therapy, it was a neurologist who peeked Dr. Burtis’ interest in the brain during his undergraduate studies. and one of his professors at Grand Canyon University who encouraged him to switch his career to Medicine. After medical school at Kansas City University and residency at University of Kentucky, Dr. Burtis came to the University of Florida as a fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth M. Heilman in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology. He had a primary interest in Neurodegenerative disorders, particularly dementia. Part of his fellowship training and research was funded by a NIDCD/NIH grant where his interest grew in Autonomic dysfunction and Attentional disorders.

His training has prepared him to practice the broad and challenging discipline of ambulatory General Neurology as well as enter the new and exciting field of Neuro-Hospital Medicine. As a Neuro-Hospitalist Dr. Burtis is able to apply his training and skills to serve those patients admitted to UF Health with complex and critical neurological conditions. This also enables him to “pay back” his mentors by educating residents and medical students in this challenging field. As a Neuro-Hospitalist he regularly collaborates with faculty from other departments to provide the seamless and coordinated care patients hospitalized at UF Health deserve.  

Clinical Interests

General Neurology
Neurodegenerative Diseases, Dementia
Autonomic Disorders

Awards and Recognition

UF Health/Shands Physician Customer Service Key Award, February 2015
AAN Annual Meeting Fellowship Scholarship, April 2012
Chief Resident 2008-09
Alpha Omega Alpha.  Inducted February 2009
UK Clinical Housestaff Teaching Award , September 2007-08, 2008-09

Professional Society Affiliations

Florida Society of Neurology
American Academy of Neurology
Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
International Neuropsychological Society
Neurohospitalist Society

Medical Education

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO – 2004


Internal Medicine, Northside Hospital & Tampa Bay Heart Institute, St. Petersburg, FL – 2005

Neurology Residency

Chief Resident 2008-2009, University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Lexington, KY – 2009


Cognitive & Behavioral, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL – 2010
“Training in Treatment of Communication Disorders and Translational Neuroscience,”  University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL 2012


Finney, G.R., Williamson, J.B., Burtis, D.B., Drago, V., Mizuno, T., Jeong, Y., Crucian, G.P., Haque, S., Heilman, K.M.  The Effects of Chronic Right Hemispheric Damage on the Allocation of Spatial Attention: Alterations of Accuracy and Reliability. JINS 2015; 21(5): 373-7. doi: 10.1017/S1355617715000338.

Williamson, J.B., Haque, S., Burtis, D.B., Harciarek, M., Lamb, D., Zilli, E., Heilman, K.M. The Influence of Stimulus Proximity on Judgments of Spatial Relationships in Patients with a Chronic Unilateral Right and Left Hemisphere Stroke. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 2014; 36(8): 787-93. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2014.940855.

Burtis, D.B., Heilman, K.M., Mo, J., Wang, C., Lewis, G.F., Davilla, M.I., Ding, M., Porges, S.W., Williamson, J.B.  The Effects of Constrained Left versus Right Monocular Viewing on the Autonomic Nervous System. Biological Psychology 2014; July; 100: 79-85. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2014.05.006.

Behforuzi, H., Burtis, D.B., Williamson, J.B., Stamps, J.J., Heilman, K.M. Impaired initial vowel versus consonant letter-word fluency in dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. Cognitive Neuroscience 2013; Sep-Dec; 4(3-4): 163-70. doi: 10.1080/17588928.2013.854200.

Falchook, A.D., Burtis, D.B., Acosta, L.M., Salazar, L., Hedna, V.S., Khanna, A.Y., Heilman, K.M.  Praxis and writing in right-hander with crossed aphasia. Neurocase 2014; June; 20(3): 317-27. doi: 10.1080/13554794.2013.770883.

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