Neurocritical Care Fellows

Neurocritical Care Fellow, 2nd Year

John Bruno, MD

Dr. Bruno grew up in Massachusetts, and worked as an ED nursing assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, prior to attending medical school at Lewis Katz SOM in Philadelphia, PA. He went on to complete an emergency medicine residency at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA, as well as an Anesthesia Critical Care fellowship at UF. He is board certified in emergency medicine, and currently works in the department of Emergency Medicine and division of Critical Care at UF Shands while he works to complete the Neurology Critical Care Fellowship. His career interests include resuscitation, cardiac arrest management, and ED ECMO resuscitation. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, hiking, biking as well as snowboarding and skiing in the winter.

john bruno

Neurocritical Care Fellow, 2nd Year

Shilpa Haldal, MD

Shilpa was born and raised in the bustling cosmopolitan city of Bangalore, India where she graduated medical school from Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences. She developed a keen interest in neurology and decided to pursue further training in the US, completing her neurology residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She was drawn to the dynamic nature of the intensive care unit and therefore a fellowship in Neurocritical Care was the obvious next step.  She is particularly interested in understanding the pathophysiology of acute neurological insults and emerging neuromonitoring modalities that allow individualized care.

When not at work she enjoys hosting friends at home, traveling, kayaking and hopes to rekindle her passion for the Indian classical dance form Bharatanatyam.



Nicholas Nelson, MD

Nicholas was born in South Florida, but grew up in a small town in central Maine. He met his wife in Salzburg, Austria during his undergraduate studies and remained in Europe to pursue his doctorate education in medicine at Jagiellonian University. While in medical school, Nicholas developed a strong interest in neurology and led a research team focusing on the genetics of stroke. After graduation, he completed his residency in neurology at the University of Florida where he served as chief resident. His research interests include disorders of consciousness and multi-modality monitoring in the intensive care unit. Outside of work, Nicholas enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and traveling to new places with his wife and daughter.

Nicholas Nelson


Ali Mustafa, DO


Joshua Wais, MD, MS

Recent Graduates


Hemanth Pasupuleti – Faculty, University of South Carolina Greenville

Shweta Goswami – Further Fellowship in Critical Care EEG, University of Florida

Amjad Elmashala – Further Fellowship in Neurocritical Care and Multimodal Monitoring, Massachusetts’s General Hospital/Harvard Medical School


Jaroslaw Mateuszczyk – Faculty, University of South Dakota

Robert Ondracek – Private Practice, Tampa/St Petersburg, Florida

Fouad Abuzeid – Faculty, Cleveland Clinic Florida


Jeremy Latimer – Director of Neurocritical Care, Ocala Regional Medical Center

Michael Castellano – Faculty, University of Florida Jacksonville