Leonardo Almeida, MD

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Dr. Leonardo (Leo) Almeida is originally from Brazil, where received his M.D. degree from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in 2008. He completed his Neurology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2014, followed by a two-year fellowship in Movement Disorders at University of Florida at Gainesville from 2014-2016.  He is currently an  Assistant Professor at University of Florida as a Neurohospitalist and an outpatient Movement Disorders specialist. His areas of interest include deep brain stimulation, dystonia, tremors and Parkinson’s disease.

During his fellowship he was awarded a grant from the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation to investigate novel deep brain stimulation parameters in dystonia patients.

Professional Society Memberships

Movement Disorders Society
American Academy of Neurology
Conselho Regioinal de Medicina da Bahia

Awards and Recognitions

Movement Disorders Society – MDS Travel Grant
Institution: Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Fellow; Project: Novel Deep Brain Stimulation Parameters for Dystonia – Role: Research Fellow; Principal Investigator: Michael S Okun 07/2015 – 06/2016
Institution: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development; Project: Pesticides and Parkinson’s Disease: A Metanalysis. Masters in Medicine and Health Capstone Project – Role: Masters Student; Coordinator: Dr. Ailton Melo – Universidade Federal da Bahia Federal University of Bahia) 01/2009 – 05/2010
Institution: FIPSE/CAPES U.S.- Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program Project: Neurocysticercosis: An Emerging Infectious Disease in the US. – Role: Exchange Research Student.; Coordinator: James Diaz (LSUHSC) 01/2008 – 05/2008

Medical Education

Federal University of Bahia – School of Medicine, Salvador, Brazil, 2008


Federal University of Bahia – School of Medicine, Salvador, Brazil, 2010

Neurology Residency

University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2014


Movement Disorders – University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL 2016


Almeida L, Deeb W, Spears C, Opri E, Molina R, Martinez-Ramirez D, Gunduz A, Hess CW, Okun MS. Current Practice and the Future of Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease. Semin, Neurol. 2017 Apr; 37(2) .205-214.

Almeida, L; Neves, MP; Cardoso, E ; Melo, A. Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in two Multiple Sclerosis Patients on Interferon Beta-1a. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, v. 34, p. 125-127, 2009. 

Almeida, L; Dure, LS. Paroxysmal Hypnogenic Dyskinesia: a Video Case Report. Neurology. May 27;82(21):1935

Rawal P V., Almeida L, Smelser LB, Huang H, Guthrie BL, Walker HC. Shorter pulse generator longevity and more frequent stimulator adjustments with pallidal DBS for dystonia versus other movement disorders. Brain Stimul. 2014 May-Jun;7(3):345-9.

Almeida L, Martinez-Ramirez D, Rossi PJ, Peng Z, Gunduz A, Okun MS. Chasing Tics in the Human Brain: Development of Open, Scheduled and Closed Loop Responsive Approaches to Deep Brain Stimulation for Tourette Syndrome. Journal of Clinical Neurology. Apr; 11(2):122-31

Contact Information

Department of Neurology
Box 10036
Gainesville, FL. 32610

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