Katharina Busl, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Busl joined the University of Florida in 2016, coming from Rush University in Chicago. In addition to her board certifications in neurology and neurocritical care, she holds a Masters degree in science (clinical research) from Rush University. At UF, Dr. Busl established the Division of Neurocritical Care in the Department of Neurology, and serves as medical co-director for the NeuroICU. She is interested in establishment and impact of systems of care, impact of neurocritical disease on heart and lung function, and outcomes of patients with critical neurological diseases. She is the site-PI for INTREPID (fever prevention in patients with ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage).


Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, mostly outdoors on trails or hikes, as well as traveling. As native German, she is fluent in German in addition to English.


Clinical & Research Interests

Subdural hematoma
Subarachnoid hemorrhage
Traumatic brain injury
Status epilepticus
Central nervous system infections
Quality and safety of neuro-ICU care
Neuro-ICU organization and care delivery models

Teaching Interests

Dr. Busl is the program director for the neurocritical care fellowship at the University of Florida.  She is also interested education and training for physician extenders in the neuroICU.

Awards and Recognitions

Service Award, Department of Neurology 2017
Teacher of the year, Rush University – 2013
Emerging Leaders Forum, American Academy of Neurology – 2016

Professional Affiliations

Neurocritical Care Society
American Academy of Neurology Society of Critical Care Medicine
American Heart Association

Medical Education

Technical University Munich – 2004


St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Boston, MA – 2006


Neurology Residency, Harvard Partner’s Boston, MA – 2009


Neurocritical Care, Harvard Partner’s Boston, MA – 2011

Select Publications

Cutting S, Wettengel M, Conners JJ, Ouyang B, Busl K. Three-Month Outcomes Are Poor in Stroke Patients with Cancer Despite Acute Stroke Treatment. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2016 Nov 24. pii: S1052-3057(16)30423-2.

Pollandt S, Ouyang B, Bleck TP, Busl KM. Seizures and Epileptiform Discharges in Patients With Acute Subdural Hematoma. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2017 Jan;34(1):55-60.

Sweis RT, Ouyang B, Lopez GA, Bleck TP, Busl KM. Falcine and Tentorial Subdural Hematomas May Not Routinely Require Transfer to a Tertiary Care Center. J Emerg Med. 2015 Nov;49(5):679-85.

Busl KM, Bleck TP. Neurogenic Pulmonary Edema. Crit Care Med. 2015 Aug;43(8):1710-5.