Christina Wilson, M.D., Ph.D.


Christina Wilson, MD, PhD is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine and a key member of the largest comprehensive stroke program in north-central Florida. Dr. Wilson graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She was awarded her doctoral degree in pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her research focused on the cell biology of presenilin proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease, for which she was awarded a Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Wilson completed her medical degree at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and was an intern in internal medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital, where she was elected Intern of the Year. She then completed her residency in neurology and neurovascular fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wilson joined the faculty of the UF Department of Neurology in the vascular neurology division in 2013 and sees inpatients admitted to the hospital with stroke and neurovascular disease.

Dr. Wilson’s main focus lies in graduate medical education. She has served as the UF Neurology Residency Program Director since 2015 and the Vascular Neurology Fellowship Director since 2016. She has been awarded the Exemplary Teacher award from the UF College of Medicine multiple times, as well as the prestigious AB Baker Teacher Recognition Award from the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Wilson’s research interests include clinical stroke management and medical education research. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts related to neurology, stroke and neuroscience. She is the local primary investigator for several national clinical stroke trials and regularly educates the community and EMS about stroke via outreach events. She is an active member of the American Stroke Association and American Academy of Neurology

Medical Education

MD, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

PhD,  University of Pennsylvania (Pharmacology) 2001


Intern in Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital, 2009


Resident in Neurology, University of Pennsylvania, 2012


Neurovascular Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
Post-doctoral fellow, University of Pennsylvania 2003

Awards And Recognition

2009 Pennsylvania Hospital Intern of the Year

1995-2000 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellow

Selected Publications

Lancaster E, Huijbers MG, Bar V, Boronat A, Wong A, Martinez-Hernandez E, Wilson C, Jacobs D, Lai M, Walker RW, Graus F, Bataller L, Illa I, Markx S, Strauss KA, Peles E, Scherer SS, Dalmau J. Investigations of caspr2, an autoantigen of encephalitis and neuromyotonia. Ann Neurol. 2011;69:303-11.

Pineles SL, Wilson CA, Balcer LJ, Slater R, Galetta SL. Combined optic neuropathy and myelopathy. Surv Ophthalmol. 2010;55:386-92.

Wilson CA, Murphy DD, Giasson BI, Zhang B, Trojanowski JQ, Lee VM. Degradative organelles containing mislocalized a-and b-synuclein proliferate in presenilin-1 null neurons. J Cell Biol. 2004;165(3):335-46.

Crystal AS, Morais VA, Fortna RR, Carlin D, Pierson TC, Wilson CA, Lee VM, Doms RW. Presenilin modulates Pen-2 levels posttranslationally by protecting it from proteasomal degradation. Biochemistry. 2004;43(12):3555-63.

Phiel CJ*, Wilson CA*, Lee VM, Klein PS. GSK-3a regulates production of Alzheimer’s disease amyloid-b peptides. Nature. 2003;423(6938):435-9.

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Contact Information

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