Courtesy Faculty


David B. FitzGerald, M.D.

David FitzGerald is a neurologist specializing in behavioral neurology using functional neuroimaging. Dr. FitzGerald completed his medical internship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, MA in 2001. He subsequently completed his neurology residency at UMass Medical Center in 2004. Dr. FitzGerald joined the University of Florida community in 2004 as a Neurology Fellow under Kenneth M Heilman, MD.

He has strong research interests in cognitive neuroscience and functional magnetic resonance imaging. His current functional imaging projects include: diffusion tensor imaging of traumatic brain injury; clinical trial investigation as to the effectiveness of Donepizil on Alzheimer’s disease; and pathological gambling behavior.


Manuela Corti, P.T., P.h.D

Assistant Professor

Phone number: 352-294-5779

Physical and Mailing Address:

Clinical Translational & Research Building
2044 Mowry Road – Room 2225
Gainesville – 32610


Department of Pediatrics

Rare Disease Research

Department of Neurology

Biographical Summary

Dr. Corti has over five years of clinical practice and ten years of research experience. After earning her degree in physical therapy from the University of Insubria (Varese, Italy), Dr. Corti worked at the San Raffaele Hospital (Milan, Italy) as a clinical physical therapist, research assistant in the Movement Analysis Laboratory and mentor in the physical therapy program at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.

Dr. Corti received her PhD training in Rehabilitation Science under Dr. Carolynn Patten, P.T., Ph.D. at the University of Florida. She continued her training as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Pediatrics with Barry J. Byrne. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in the department of Pediatrics and also holds an appointment in the department of Neurology.

Scientific Area of Expertise

Dr. Corti’s current research as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics focuses on understanding the contribution of neurological impairment in neuromuscular disorders by combining her expertise in clinical assessment with novel therapies that rely on correcting the fundamental genetic defect, which underlies most inherited neuromuscular conditions.

Dr. Corti’s work serves as the foundation for a revolution in the care of this patient population who previously had few, if any, effective therapies for this type of life threatening and debilitating conditions.

Her research focuses on:

1) Developing Gene therapy programs for neuromuscular diseases;

2) Outcome measures and clinical trial readiness;

3) Immunomodulation strategies to allow for multiple AAV dosing.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography: 

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Maria T. Greig Custo M.D.

Wien Center for Alzheimer’s Disease
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Miami Beach, FL, 33140
Telephone: (305) 546-7529


  • University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine; Buenos Aires, Argentina – Medical Doctor, graduated with honors.
  • University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine, Hospital de Clinicas; Buenos Aires, Argentina – Internal Medicine Internship, Residency and Practicum.
  • Argentine National Ministry of Health – Board certification in internal medicine.
  • University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine, Hospital de Clinicas; Buenos Aires, Argentina Training in child psychiatry, Outpatient Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Department of Psychopathology and Psychiatry, Hospital Rivadavia; Buenos Aires, Argentina – Re-certification training in psychiatry.
  • University of Buenos Aires and Argentine National Ministry of Health – Board certification in psychiatry.



Anhar Hassan, MBBCh, BAO, FRACP


  • Movement Disorders Fellow, Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, Department of Neurology University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Movement Disorders Fellow, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota Supervisor: JE Ahlskog, PhD, MD
  • Advanced Clinical Neurology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota Supervisor: C Boes, MD; S Eggers, MD
  • Royal Northshore Hospital, Sydney (Advanced Physician Training- Neurology).  Supervisors: G.K. Herkes, MBBS, PhD; C. Storey, MBBS
  • Royal Brisbane Hospital, Brisbane, Australia (Basic Physician Training-Internal Medicine)
  • Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Dublin (Internship).
  • Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Medical School.
  • University of Melbourne, Australia. Bachelor of Science.


Bayard Miller, M.D.

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

Bayard Miller, MD completed his residency training at the University of Florida where he was appointed Chief Neurology Resident. He currently acts as the Medical Director of the Neurology Clinic and the Neurology Clerkship Director.


Homer Jack Moore, M.D.

Dr. Moore is a Board Certified Neurologist with thirty years of experience.  He holds both a California and Florida medical license.  Dr. Moore attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and the University of Florida College of Medicine, where he graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha medial honors.  He served twenty-four years in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator, Navy jet pilot, Flight Surgeon.  Then served six years in sea service as Senior Medical Doctor aboard aircraft carriers USS ENTERPRISE and USS KITTY HAWK.
Dr. Moore worked at the National Naval Medical Center, National Institutes of Health, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Naval Medical Research Institute, Uniformed University of the Health Sciences, San Diego Kaiser Permanente HMO.  He is married with 2 children and 3 grandchildren.


Marinana Moscovich, M.D

Dr. Moscovich completed a Movement Disorders fellowship at the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, Department of Neurology, University of Florida.  She completed additional Postgraduate Residency Training in Neurology at Hospital Universitário Cajuru, Curitiba, Brazil and completed medical school at Universidade do Oeste Paulista – UNOESTE, Presidente Prudente, Brazil Facultad de Ciencias Médicas – Universidad Maimônides, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


 Holly Skinner, D.O., Visiting Clinical Lecturer

Holly Skinner, M.D.


  • Advanced Post-Graduate Program for Clinical Investigators
    Master’s in Clinical and Translational Research
    University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FLDoctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology
  • Florida State University, College of Human Sciences, Tallahassee, FL


  • Intern in Medicine, July 2005-June 2006 Medical University of South Carolina,
    Department of Medicine Charleston, SC
  • Chief Neurology Resident, April 2008-June 2009 Neurology Resident, July 2006-June 2009 Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Neurosciences Charleston, SC
  • Clinical Neurophysiology Fellow, EEG Track, August 2009-July 2010 University of Florida, Department of Neurology Gainesville, FL


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Yong Shen, Ph.D.


  • Molecular cellular mechanisms of neuron and glial functions for related diseases.
  • Roles of neuroimmunology in neuronal degeneration and regeneration.
  • Molecular cloning and characterization of novel genes related with brain disorders.
  • Development of clinical diagnostic markers for brain disorders, Alzheimer and Parkinson’s diseases.
  • Identification of small molecules as potential drugs for brain disorders
  • Mechanisms of Learning and memory


  • Ph.D. (1986-1989)   Psychobiology and Neuroscience State University of New York at Binghamton
  • M.S. (1983-1986)   Major: Neurophysiology Minor: Neuropharmacology Physiology Institute, Academia Sinica, Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience
  • B. S. (1979-1983)  Nanjing University, China Department of Biology (Major: Physiology)


Daniel Varon, M.D.

Wien Center for Alzheimer’s Disease
4300 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL, 33140
Telephone: (305) 674-2543


  • Medical School Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia, South America (1990-1995; Awarded MD 12/05/95)
  • Internship Internal Medicine Internship, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina (7/01/98-6/30/99)
  • Residency Combined Neurology-Psychiatry Residency, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina (7/1/98 – 6/30/04) Program Director: Mark George, MD
  • Chief Resident in Neurology, Medical University of South Carolina, (7/2/01-6/28/02)
  • Training in ECT. Director Milton Foust, MD Medical University of South Carolina.
  • J. Kiffin Penry Resident’s Epilepsy Program. Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 01/02.
  • June 2012Fellowship Geriatric Psychiatry, WPIC, University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (11/21/06 – 11/20/07) Program Director: Jules Rosen MD. Tel: (412) 246-5900 Training in ECT. Western Psychiatric Institute Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (07/16/07 – 07/20/07)
 College of Medicine White Coats. And faculty/ Staff. Robert Watson.

Robert T. Watson, M.D.

Dr. Watson has served as a professor of neurology, neuroscience and clinical psychology for more than three decades, during which time he has been recognized as an outstanding teacher and student advocate.

He is an acknowledged authority on curriculum, and among his many published articles he wrote “Rediscovering the Medical School” for the July 2003 issue of Academic Medicine. Among the numerous teaching awards he has received, Dr. Watson was chosen as recipient of the 2005 Association of American Medical Colleges Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award.  Dr. Watson served as Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs at the University of Florida College of Medicine for 17 years. In that role, he was delegated authority for undergraduate medical, physician assistant, graduate biomedical, graduate medical and continuing medical education. He also served as the Jules B. Chapman, M.D. Professor in Clinical Care and Humaneness for 12 years. He served as Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology until 2008.


Daniel Jacobs, MD. 

Dr. Jacobs presently serves as part time Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville Florida. Dr Jacobs serves Shands two days per month caring for multiple sclerosis patients in an outpatient setting.In addition, he is Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology, and Director of Stroke Services at Orlando Health, and directs the (outpatient) Multiple Care Center in Orlando, where he spends the remainder of his clinical time. The Multiple Sclerosis Care Center of NSO is the only MSFC accredited multiple sclerosis center in central Florida.In 1982, Dr. Jacobs earned an A.B. in History from Stanford University. He earned an MD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, then served his Residency in Neurology at Kansas before being appointed a Fellow in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology at the Shands Teaching Hospital Department of Neurology, Gainesville, FL from 1992-94.Dr. Jacobs is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, and the Center for Neuropsychological Studies. He practices as a general neurologist with particular expertise in multiple sclerosis, stroke, and dementia. He is listed in Best Doctors of America.Education & Professional Background:Stanford University, Stanford, California, A.B. History, 1978-82

University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, Medical Degree, 1982-87
Intern, Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, 1987-88
Junior assistant resident, Department of Medicine, Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland, (Johns Hopkins University), 1988-89
Resident, Department of Neurology, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, 1989-92
Clinical Fellow, Department of Neurology and Clinical Psychology (behavioral neurology) with Dr. Kenneth M. Heilman, Professor, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida 1992-1994
Selected PublicationsSadovnik AD, Jacobs DH. MS and cognition and APOE: The ongoing conundrum about bio-markers. Neurology 70: 164-165, 2008 (editorial).


Michael Hoffmann, MD, PhD, FCP(SA)

Dr Hoffmann completed his medical degree, MBBch at the University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa and subsequent neurology specialization and boards (FCP SA Neurol) at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa (College of Physicians and Surgeons of South Africa). He completed a stroke fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Neurological Institute of New York, with Dr J.P, Mohr and Dr R. Sacco as mentors. Subsequent senior doctorate degrees in both clinical medicine (MD) and neuropsychology (PhD) were obtained through the University of  KwaZulu Natal.

Dr Hoffmann was promoted to full Professor in 2004 and has held academic appointments in South Africa (UKZN), Canada (Memorial University), United States (University of Kentucky, University of South Florida) and currently with the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida (courtesy). He was the founding director of the Primary Stroke Center (2002) and Comprehensive Stroke Center, Tampa General Hospital/University of South Florida (2004),  as well as the founding director of the Primary Stroke Center at the James A Haley VA Hospital, Tampa, Florida (2013). Academic positions held at the University of South Florida included, Vice Chair of Neurology, Interim Chair of Neurology and Associate Dean of Academic Assessment. Grant activity has included physician initiated grants awarded by the Medical Research Council of South Africa, the K.M. Browse Award by the College of Medicine of South Africa, NIH-K award through the University of Kentucky BIRCWH program and two University of South Florida internal neuroscience grants.

Present appointments include director of the cognitive neurology and stroke programs at the James A Haley VA Hospital in Tampa Florida with current areas of research and clinical activity in cognitive neurology, cerebrovascular neurology and evolutionary neurology. Dr Hoffmann also conducts monthly seminars on topics in anthropogeny and evolutionary neurology at the Roskamp Neuroscience Institute in Sarasota, Florida where he is also the medical director of Scibrainhealth, a brain fitness program.