The Department of Neurology at the University of Florida in Gainesville has long been known for excellence in clinical teaching and for our programs in epilepsy and behavioral neurology. In the past decade, our faculty has more than doubled. We have opened dialogues with faculty in other departments at the McKnight Brain Institute and Health Sciences Center, creating a fertile environment for collaboration in basic and clinical research. We have developed programs in Movement Disorders, Neurorehabilitation, and Alzheimer’s Disease, and greatly expanded our activities in Stroke and General Neurology. By browsing this website, you can learn about our programs in clinical care, education, and research. Some highlights are touched on below.
We maintain in-patient ward and consultative services and provide out-patient care at Shands Hospital and at the Malcom Randall Veterans Administration Hospital. Shands at UF is consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the United States. We have general neurology clinics in which to see patients with all neurological problems, including, but not limited to, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, myopathy, myasthenia, memory disorders, headache, and stroke. We have subspecialty clinics in memory disorders and Alzheimer’s disease, neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, and movement disorders. We work in conjunction with Neurosurgery to offer selected patients surgical treatment of epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. We have recruited Dr. Michael Waters to lead a stroke program at Shands, and we will be recruiting a neurointensivist to staff a new neurointensive care unit.
In education, we teach medical students, and we have residency and fellowship training programs in adult neurology, clinical neurophysiology, behavioral neurology, and movement disorders. We are also active in continuing education for physicians, and in outreach programs for patients. Dr. Daniel Martinez-Ramirez, our Clerkship Director, is in charge of clinical neurology education for medical students. All these programs are designed to provide a continuum of neurological science education from the first year of medical school up to residency training in Neurology. We are fortunate to have exceptionally strong leadership and support from the College of Medicine.
We have research programs in behavioral neurology, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, neurorehabilitation, and many other areas. We collaborate with colleagues from other departments in the McKnight Brain Institute, the Health Sciences Center, UF and other institutions. A neuro-oncology program in the Department of Neurosurgery provides state-of-the-art surgical and medical care, enhances education for neurology residents, and opens opportunities for research.
Our success in each of these areas can be attributed to the support we receive from the College of Medicine and the McKnight Brain Institute, but principally to the efforts of superb faculty members.
Dr. Kenneth M. Heilman leads the behavioral neurology program that he established at UF. He is Director of the Center for Neuropsychological Studies at UF. His leadership in behavioral neurology has attracted many students and faculty members to UF and has spawned independent programs in Neurorehabilitation, led by Drs. Leslie Gonzalez Rothi and Stephen Nadeau, and Alzheimer’s disease. Because of these remarkable faculty members, together with equally established and well-known faculty in Neurology and many allied departments, the University of Florida is known as a world leader in the Cognitive Neurosciences.
Epilepsy was a major focus of the Department from its inception in the 1960’s, and today, clinical and research programs in epilepsy are stronger than ever with important contributions from Drs. Cibula, Eisenschenk and Hella in Neurology, Drs. Carney and Liu in Pediatric Neurology and Dr. Roper in Neurosurgery, with collaboration from scientists at the McKnight Brain Institute and in Biomedical Engineering, and with support from an endowment by one of the original faculty in Neurology, Professor Emeritus B. J. Wilder.
The Movement Disorders program at UF was established in 2002 by Dr. Michael Okun in Neurology and Dr. Kelly Foote in Neurosurgery. The program added Dr. Ramon Rodriguez in 2005, Dr. Irene Malaty in 2009 and Dr. Aparna Wagle Shukla in 2011. Now, with over 20 interdisciplinary faculty members, clinical research programs, a deep brain stimulation program that performs two or three surgeries per week, a comprehensive Clinical Trials Center for Movement Disorders, and busy out-patient clinics at Shands and at the VA, the UF Movement Disorders program is recognized as one of the leading movement disorders programs in the country. In 2006, Dr. Okun was honored to be selected Medical Director of the National Parkinson Foundation.
There are many other people and programs that contribute to the success of this Department. You are welcome to browse this website to learn more about the exciting programs for patient care, education and research in Neurology at the University of Florida, and about the people who make these programs possible.