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William Triggs, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry
Chief, Neurology Services
Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center


Phone: (352) 265-8408
Fax: (352) 627-4175

Physical Address:

Department of Neurology
Room L3-100, McKnight Brain Institute
1149 Newell Drive
Gainesville, FL. 32611

Mailing Address:

Department of Neurology
University of Florida College of Medicine
HSC Box 100236
Gainesville, FL 32610-0236

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Professional Background

M.D., University of Florida College of Medicine (1986)

Personal Info

Dr. Triggs completed his Residency in Neurology under Dr. Frank Yatsu at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston Texas in 1990. Following residency, Dr. Triggs completed fellowship training in Electromyography and Neurorehabilitation at Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in 1992. Dr. Triggs has been on the Faculty of the University of Florida Department of Neurology since 1992. His research interests include neuromuscular disorders and the investigation and treatment of brain disorders with transcranial magnetic stimulation. Dr. Triggs directs the Human Motor Physiology Laboratory.

Dr. Triggs co-directs the Department of Neurology’s Clinical Electromyography Laboratory. His clinical interests include nerve and muscle disorders and neurology in general.

Research Interests

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Nerve and muscle disorders


  1. Kluger BM, Palmer C, Shattuck JT, Triggs WJ. (2012).  Motor evoked potential depression following repetitive central motor initiation. Exp Brain Res. 2012 Feb;216(4):585-90. Epub 2011 Dec 1. PMID: 22130780 [PubMed – in process]
  2. Triggs WJ, Ricciuti N, Ward HE, Cheng J, Bowers D, Goodman WK, Kluger BM, Nadeau SE. (2010). Right and left dorsolateral pre-frontal rTMS treatment of refractory depression: a randomized, sham-controlled trial. Psychiatry Res. 2010 Aug 15;178(3):467-74. Epub 2010 Jun 18. PMID: 20643486 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  3. Plowman-Prine EK, Triggs WJ, Malcolm MP, Rosenbek JC. (2008). Reliability of transcranial magnetic stimulation for mapping swallowing musculature in the human motor cortex. Clin Neurophysiol. 2008 Oct;119(10):2298-303. Epub 2008 Aug 23. PMID: 18723391 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  4. Triggs WJ, Cros D. (2007). Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 40-2007. A 38-year-old man with weakness in the hands. N Engl J Med. 2007 Dec 27;357(26):2707-15. PMID: 18160691[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  5. Chen R, Cros D, Curra A, Di Lazzaro V, Lefaucheur JP, Magistris MR, Mills K, Rösler KM, Triggs WJ, Ugawa Y, Ziemann U. (2008). The clinical diagnostic utility of transcranial magnetic stimulation: report of an IFCN committee. Clin Neurophysiol. 2008 Mar;119(3):504-32. Epub 2007 Dec 11. Review. PMID: 18063409 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  6. Kluger BM, Triggs WJ. (2007). Use of transcranial magnetic stimulation to influence behavior. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2007 Nov;7(6):491-7. Review. PMID: 17999895 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  7. Ghacibeh GA, Shenker JI, Winter KH, Triggs WJ, Heilman KM. (2007). Dissociation of neglect subtypes with transcranial magnetic stimulation.  Neurology. 2007 Sep 11;69(11):1122-7.  PMID: 17846411 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  8. Malcolm MP, Triggs WJ, Light KE, Gonzalez Rothi LJ, Wu S, Reid K, Nadeau SE. (2007).  Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation as an adjunct to constraint-induced therapy: an exploratory randomized controlled trial. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2007 Sep;86(9):707-15. PMID: 17709994 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  9. Ghacibeh GA, Mirpuri R, Drago V, Jeong Y, Heilman KM, Triggs WJ. (2007). Ipsilateral motor activation during unimanual and bimanual motor tasks. Clin Neurophysiol. 2007 Feb;118(2):325-32. Epub 2006 Nov 1. PMID:  17095289 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  10. Triggs WJ, Brown RH Jr, Menkes DL. (2006). Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 18-2006. A 57-year-old woman with numbness and weakness of the feet and legs. N Engl J Med. 2006 Jun 15;354(24):2584-92. PMID: 16775239 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]