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Leonardo Almeida, MD

Leonardo Almeida-photoAssistant Professor

Phone: (352) 273-5550
Fax: (352) 273-5575

Department of Neurology

Shands Medical Plaza
2000 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL. 32610

Dr. Leonardo (Leo) Almeida is originally from Brazil, where received his M.D. degree from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in 2008. He completed his Neurology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2014, followed by a two-year fellowship in Movement Disorders at University of Florida at Gainesville from 2014-2016.  He is currently an  Assistant Professor at University of Florida as a Neurohospitalist and an outpatient Movement Disorders specialist. His areas of interest include deep brain stimulation, dystonia, tremors and Parkinson’s disease.

During his fellowship he was awarded a grant from the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation to investigate novel deep brain stimulation parameters in dystonia patients.



June 2016 Fellowship, Movement Disorders University of Florida, College of Medicine Gainesville, FL
2014 Neurology Residency University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Medicine Birmingham, Alabama
2010 Masters – Medicine & Health Federal University of Bahia – School of Medicine Salvador, Brazil
2008 MD Federal University of Bahia – School of Medicine Salvador, Brazil


Certification and Licensure

Florida State Medical License


Professional Memberships

  • Member of Movement Disorders Society
  • Member of the American Academy of Neurology
  • Member of Conselho Regioinal de Medicina da Bahia


Honors & Awards

  • Movement Disorders Society – MDS Travel Grant


Grants and Contract Awards

07/2015 – 06/2016

Institution: Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Fellow

Project: Novel Deep Brain Stimulation Parameters for Dystonia

Role: Research Fellow

Principal Investigator: Michael S Okun

01/2009 – 05/2010

Institution: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development), CNPq

Project: Pesticides and Parkinson’s Disease: A Metanalysis. Masters in Medicine and Health Capstone Project.

Role: Masters Student

Coordinator: Dr. Ailton Melo – Universidade Federal da Bahia (Federal University of Bahia)

01/2008 – 05/2008  

Institution: FIPSE/CAPES U.S.- Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program Project: Neurocysticercosis: An Emerging Infectious Disease in the US.

Role: Exchange Research Student.

Coordinator: James Diaz (LSUHSC)


Sample of Publications

  • Neves, MP; Almeida, L ; Silva, AC et al . Anemia ferropriva: falta ferro, mas não pode faltar a causa (Iron deficiency anemia: lacks iron, but it may not lack a cause). In: José Tavares Neto. (Org.). Contribuições das Especialidades Médicas à Atenção Primária à Saúde (Contributions from the Medical Specialties to the Primary Healthcare Attention). 1ed.Salvador: Contexto, 2006, v. 1, p. 282-290.

  • Camandaroba, MPG; Mata, LS; Almeida, L; Miranda, JS; Neves, MP. Carcinoma Papilífero da Tireoide Associado à Tireoidite de Hashimoto: uma Série de Casos. (Pappilary Thyroid Carcinoma Associated to Hashimoto Thyroiditis: a Case Series.) Revista Brasileira de Cancerologia (Brazilian Journal of Cancer), v. 55, p. 255-261, 2009.

  • Almeida, L; Neves, MP; Cardoso, E ; Melo, A. Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in two Multiple Sclerosis Patients on Interferon Beta-1a. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, v. 34, p. 125-127, 2009. 

  • Almeida, L; Dure, LS. Paroxysmal Hypnogenic Dyskinesia: a Video Case Report. Neurology. May 27;82(21):1935

  • Rawal P V., Almeida L, Smelser LB, Huang H, Guthrie BL, Walker HC. Shorter pulse generator longevity and more frequent stimulator adjustments with pallidal DBS for dystonia versus other movement disorders. Brain Stimul. 2014 May-Jun;7(3):345-9.

  • Almeida L, Martinez-Ramirez D, Rossi PJ, Peng Z, Gunduz A, Okun MS. Chasing Tics in the Human Brain: Development of Open, Scheduled and Closed Loop Responsive Approaches to Deep Brain Stimulation for Tourette Syndrome. Journal of Clinical Neurology. Apr; 11(2):122-31

  • Martinez-Ramirez D, Almeida L, Giugni JC, Ahmed B, Higuchi M, Little CS, Chapman JP, Mignacca C, Hess CW, Wagle Shukla A, Wheeler Hegland K, Okun MS. Rate of aspiration pneumonia in hospitalized Parkinson’s disease patients: a cross-sectional study. BMC Neurology 2015;15:104

  • Martinez-Ramirez D, Giugni JC, Almeida L, Walz R, Ahmed B, Rundle-Gonzalez V, Bona AR, Monari E, Chai FA, Wagle Shukla A, Hess CW, Hass CJ, Okun MS. Association between antidepressants and falls in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neurology 2015. Epub ahead of print.