David Burks, M.D.

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Dr. David Walter Burks received his M.D. degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1983 and subsequently completed his Neurology residency at Tulane University in New Orleans Louisiana. He completed a fellowship in electrophysiology at Tulane University and later completed a fellowship in Neurobehavioral Neurology under Dr. Kenneth Heilman at the University of Florida in 2000. He subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor of Neurology upon completion of this fellowship and has remained with the department since.

Dr. Burks is also a staff physician at the Malcom Randall and Lake City Veteran Administration Health Care Centers.  He is co-director of the North Florida/South Georgia multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence.

Clinical Interests

Neurological substrates of memory and language and artificial intelligence. 

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Neurology
Alachua County Medical Society
Center for Neuropsychological Studies
Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology

Medial Education

University of Texas Medical School San Antonio, San Antonio, TX – 1983


Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans, LA – 1994


Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans, LA – 1997


Electrophysiology, Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans, LA – 1998
Behavioral Neurology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL – 2000


Crucian GP, Armaghani S, Armaghani A, Foster PS, Burks DW, Skoblar B, Drago V, Heilman KM. Dopamine does not appear to affect mental rotation in Parkinson’s disease. J Mov Disord. 2014 Oct;7(2):77-83.

Crucian GP, Armaghani S, Armaghani A, Foster PS, Burks DW, Skoblar B, Drago V, Heilman KM. Visual-spatial disembedding in Parkinson’s disease. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2010 Feb;32(2):190-200.

FitzGerald DB, Crucian GP, Mielke JB, Shenal BV, Burks D, Womack KB, Ghacibeh G, Drago V, Foster PS, Valenstein E, Heilman KM. Effects of donepezil on verbal memory after semantic processing in healthy older adults. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2008 Jun;21(2):57-64

Foster PS, Crucian GP, Drago V, Burks DW, Mielke J, Shenal BV, Rhodes RD, Grande LJ, Womack K, Riesta A, Heilman KM. The effects of movement direction and hemispace on estimates of distance traveled. Brain Cogn. 2007 Jul;64(2):184-8. Epub 2007 Mar 28.

Crucian GP, Barrett AM, Burks DW, Riestra AR, Roth HL, Schwartz RL, Triggs WJ, Bowers D, Friedman W, Greer M, Heilman KM. Mental object rotation in Parkinson’s disease. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2003 Nov;9(7):1078-87.

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