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Michael F. Waters, M.D., Ph.D.


Michael F. WatersMichael F. Waters, Ph.D, M.D.
Associate Professor
Medical Director of UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center

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

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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Michael F. Waters, Ph.D, M.D, is the medical director of the UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center, chief of the vascular neurology division and an associate professor of neurology and neuroscience in the UF College of Medicine.

Dr. Waters received a master’s degree in genetics from Penn State University.  He attended medical school at the University of Florida, where he also earned his Ph.D in biochemistry and molecular biology.  He received formal neurology training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed a fellowship in clinical and molecular neurogenetics at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Waters joined the faculty at the University of Florida as an assistant professor in neurology and neuroscience in 2007.  He directs the implementation of the American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines national stroke database and quality assurance program and serves as the principal investigator for clinic trials designed to improve clinical outcomes in stroke.  Additional programmatic accomplishments for UF Health include the American Stroke Association Sustained Gold Performance Award with Target Stroke recognition, Joint Commission Accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center, American Stroke Association two year Gold Performance Award and Agency for Health Care Administration Comprehensive Stroke Center Designation.

Dr. Waters was voted into “The Best Doctors in America”, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and in April 2013, he was presented with the first College of Medicine “David A. Paulus Award for Clinical Excellence” for the demonstration of the ideals of clinical care engagement at entry level of patient care, championing teamwork, developing solutions, and programs that make a difference.

Dr. Waters is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Brain Foundation Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, Florida Stroke Systems Task Force and the Florida Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council.  He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and multiple book chapters related to neurology, neurogenetics, stroke and neuroscience.  He has been invited to speak on neuroscience and stroke in local, national and international venues and scientific meetings.