Michael S. Jaffee, MD

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Michael S. Jaffee, MD, is an associate professor in the department of neurology at the University of Florida, where he joined the faculty in 2016. Prior to his current position, he was an associate professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, where he served as the inaugural clinical director of the Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute and director of the neurology sleep service. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1992 and completed a combined residency in neurology and psychiatry at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in San Antonio in 1998. He later went on to complete a sleep medicine fellowship there in 2011.

Dr. Jaffee is board certified in neurology, psychiatry, sleep medicine and brain injury medicine. He has additional certifications in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry, as well as neural repair and rehabilitation.

His 21-year Air Force career included wartime service as the chief of the medical staff for the largest U.S. military hospital in Iraq and service as the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General neurology consultant. He served as the U.S. Department of Defense liaison to two White House-appointed panels of the Defense Health Board, and as the national director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, where he managed a network of 18 sites leading to the publication of over 100 peer-reviewed articles and paved the way for research in the deployed combat area.  Dr. Jaffee helped develop seminal clinical practice guidelines and tools for the management of traumatic brain injury. He has represented the Department of Defense with congressional testimony. He has served as a consultant to the Institute of Medicine, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Labor.

Dr. Jaffee retired from the Air Force in 2013 at the rank of colonel. Now at UF, he continues to serve as a national and federal subject matter expert and serves as chair of the Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program as part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. He also is the senior neurologist serving on the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation national Brain Injury Medicine board examination committee.

Dr. Jaffee has dedicated a significant part of his career to developing innovative educational and research collaborations between the Department of Defense, federal agencies, academic institutions and other stakeholders, including the National Football League and the Alzheimer’s Association.



2011 Fellowship, Sleep Medicine San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium  Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX
1998 Residency in Psychiatry and Neurology San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX
1992 MD University of Virginia, School of Medicine Charlottesville, VA
1988 BS College of Arts & Science, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
1988 BS, Health Care Systems & Policy Wharton School of Finance & Commerce, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA


Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology, Fellow
  •  American Neurologic Association, Fellow
  •  American College of Chest Physicians
  •  American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  •  Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
  •  Virginia Neurologic Society


Honors & Awards

03/2013 Selected as Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
02/2013 Selected as Fellow of the American Neurologic Association
05/2010 Selected as Fellow of the Academy of Multidisciplinary Neurotrauma
09/09-06/10 Selected by Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff to serve as USAF representative of the in-theater TBI assessment and review team (Gray Team) and reported findings directly to Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
05/09 United States Secretary of Labor Letter of Appreciation for development of curriculum for America’s Heroes at Work Program supporting employers to integrate patients with traumatic brain injury into the workforce.
03/09 Invited to represent DoD at Institute of Federal Healthcare Roundtable on Traumatic Brain Injury
01/07 Iraqi Surgeon General Certificate of Appreciation – Initial Instructor of Inaugural Iraqi Flight Surgeon Training Course
11/03 U.S. Surgeon General’s Certificate of Appreciation – Outstanding presentation at national annual meeting of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.
06/01 University of Nebraska Medical Center Family Practice Teaching Award
07/00 Distinguished Visiting Professor for Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry – Participated in overlap activities between Psychiatry and Neurology Departments to include assisting in staffing inpatient rounds and case presentations of challenging cases. Delivered invited Grand Rounds at Mayo Clinic.


Military Individual Decorations

2010 Defense Superior Service Medal
2009 Joint Services Commendation Medal
2007 Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
2006 Air Force Achievement Medal
1998 Air Force Commendation Medal


Sample of Publications

  • Jaffee MS, Winter WC, Jones CC, Ling G. “Sleep disturbances in athletic concussion.” Brain Inj. 2015;29(2):221-7.
  • McCrea M, Guskiewicz K, Doncevic S, Helmick K, Kennedy J, Boyd C, Asmussen S, Woo Ahn K, Wang Y, Hoelzle J, Jaffee MS. “Day of Injury Cognitive Performance on the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation (MACE) by U.S. Military Service Members in OEF/OIF”. Mil Med. 2014 Sep;179(9):990-7.
  • Weiner MW, Friedl KE, Pacifico A, Chapman JC, Jaffee MS, Little DM, Manley GT, McKee A, Petersen RC, Pitman RK, Yaffe K, Zetterberg H, Obana R, Bain LJ, Carrillo MC. “Military Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease”. Alzheimers Dement. 2013 Jul;9(4):445-51.
  • Caplan L, Ivins B, Poole J, Vanderploeg R, Jaffee M, Schwab K. The Structure of Postconcussive Symptoms in Three U.S. Military Samples. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 2010 Nov-Dec; Vol 25(6), 447-458. Cited 5 times, IF=3.333, Rank 5 of 62 in Rehabilitation journals, Rank 49 of 192 in Clinical Neurology journals.
  • Jaffee MS and Martin E. “Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Program Overview and Research Initiatives”. Military Medicine September 2010. Cited 1 time, IF=0.924, Rank 89 of 155 in General & Internal Medicine journals.
  • Brenner LA, Ivins BJ, Schwab K, Warden D, Nelson LA, Jaffee M, Terrio H. “Traumatic Brain Injury, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Postconcussive Symptom Reporting among Troops Returning from Iraq”. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 2010 Sep-Oct; Vol. 25(5), pp. 307-12. Cited 28 times, IF=3.333, Rank 5 of 62 in Rehabilitation journals, Rank 49 of 192 in Clinical Neurology journals.
  • Cifu DX, Cohen SI, Lew HL, Jaffee M, Sigford B. “The History and Evolution of Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation in Military Service Members and Veterans”. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2010 Aug; Vol. 89(8), pp. 688-94. Cited 2 times, IF=1.581, Rank 24 of 62 in Rehabilitation journals, Rank 39 of 85 in Sport Sciences journals.
  • Meyer KS, Marion DW, Coronel H, Jaffee MS. “Combat-related Traumatic Brain Injury and Its Implications to Military Healthcare”. Psychiatry Clin North Am. 2010 Dec; 33(4):783-96. Cited 1 time, IF=2.134.
  • Moore DF, Jaffee MS. “Military Traumatic Brain Injury and Blast” NeuroRehabilitation. 2010; 26(3):179-81. Cited 6 times, IF=1.635, Rank 23 of 62 in Rehabilitation journals, Rank 125 of 192 in Clinical Neurology journals.
  • Kupersmith J, Lew HL, Ommaya AK, Jaffee M, Koroshetz WJ. “Traumatic Brain Injury Research Opportunities: Results of the Department of Veterans Affairs Consensus Conference”. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 2009; Vol. 46(6), pp. vii-xvi. Cited 2 times, IF=1.779, Rank 21 of 62 in Rehabilitation journals.