Adam Kelly, MD

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Dr. Adam Kelly is currently an Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida School of Medicine, where he serves as the chief of the stroke/neurovascular division of the Department of Neurology as well as Medical Director of the UF-Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center. Dr. Kelly completed his undergraduate training in biology at Cornell University in 1998 and then attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for his medical degree. After graduating with his MD in 2002, he stayed in Rochester for an internship in medicine (2002-03), residency in neurology (2003-06) and fellowship in vascular neurology (2006-07). He then participated in an NIH-supported fellowship in experimental therapeutics/clinical research from 2007-10. Dr. Kelly was on the faculty at the University of Rochester until moving to UF in 2018.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Kelly is fellowship trained in vascular disorder, and as a result primarily focuses on stroke and related cerebrovascular disorders, including transient ischemic attack (TIA), brain hemorrhage, aneurysm, and arteriovenous malformations. His goal is to provide care that is patient- and family-centered and is collaborative with patients’ other providers.

Research Interests

Dr. Kelly has been involved as an investigator on multiple pivotal stroke clinical trials related to acute stroke treatment and secondary prevention. A significant personal research interest of his relates to how patients and families make decisions regarding life-sustaining interventions (e.g., feeding tube placement, mechanical ventilation) in the setting of an acute neurologic event such as stroke. There are considerable differences in the utilization of these interventions across different hospitals and portions of the population, and Dr. Kelly hopes to develop best practices to minimize any unneeded practice variation in this area. He is also active in the development and implementation of new outcome measures for both the stroke population and patients with other neurologic disorders.

Teaching Interests

Neurology education has always been a passion of Dr. Kelly’s. He served as an associate director of the neurology residency program in the past and maintains an active role in the resident, fellow, and medical student education. He has received support to develop simulation exercises that help residents develop more effective communication skill in the setting of acute stroke. Dr. Kelly has been the recipient of multiple local and national awards in recognition of his teaching skills, including the A.B. Baker Certificate from the American Academy of Neurology and the Burton Sandok Visiting Professorship from the Mayo Clinic. Finally, he has been active in multiple educational roles with the American Academy of Neurology, including serving as a continuing medical education editor for the journal Neurology and writing questions for the journal Continuum.

Medical Education

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, May 2002


Internal Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, completed June 2003


Neurology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, completed June 2006


Vascular Neurology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, completed June 2007

Awards and Recognition

Humanism in Medicine Award, Arnold Gold Foundation
A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Certificate, American Academy of Neurology
Burton A. Sandok Visiting Professorship in Neurologic Education, Mayo Clinic

Professional Society Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement


George BP, Doyle SJ, Albert GP, Busza A, Holloway RG, Sheth KN, Kelly AG.  Interfacility transfers for ischemic cerebrovascular disease in the United States, 2006-2014.  Neurology. 2018; 90:e1561-e1569.

Hwang DY, George BP, Kelly AG, Schneider EB, Sheth KN, Holloway RG.  Variability in gastrostomy tube placement for intracerebral hemorrhage patients at US hospitals.  Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease.  2018; 27:978-987.

Salinas J, Sprinkhuizen S, Ackerson T, Bernhardt J, Davie C, George M, Gething S, Kelly A, Lindsay P, Liu L, Martins S, Morgan L, Norrving B, Ribbers G, Silver F, Smith E, Williams L, Schwamm L.  An international standard set of patient-centered outcome measures after stroke.  Stroke. 2016; 47:180-186.

George BP, Kelly AG, Schneider EB, Holloway RG.  Current practices in feeding tube placement for US acute ischemic stroke inpatients. Neurology.2014; 83:874-882.

Kelly AG, Zahuranec DB, Holloway RG, Morgenstern LB, Burke JF.  Variation in do-not-resuscitate orders for ischemic stroke patients: implications for national hospital comparisons.  Stroke. 2014; 45:822-827.

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Contact Information

Department of Neurology
Box 100236
Gainesville, FL 32610
(352) 273-5550 (phone)
(352) 273-5575 (fax)