Stroke/Neurovascular Team

Division Chief

Christina A Wilson

Christina A Wilson MD, PhD

Interim Chief, Vascular Neurology Division; Associate Chair Of Education; Neurology Residency Program Director; Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program Director

Stroke/Neurovascular Faculty

Gabriel Bonnell

Gabriel Bonnell MD

Assistant Professor
Anna Yuzefovich Khanna

Anna Yuzefovich Khanna M.D.

Assistant Professor & Stroke Medical Director
Subspecialties:
  • Vascular Neurology
Nandakumar Nagaraja

Nandakumar Nagaraja M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Subspecialties:
  • Vascular Neurology
Alexis N Simpkins

Alexis N Simpkins MD, PhD, MSCR, FAHA

Clinical Assistant Professor

Endovascular/Neurosurgery

Brian L Hoh

Brian L Hoh MD, MBA, FACS, FAHA, FAANS

Chair; Lillian S. Wells Department Of Neurosurgery James And Brigitte Marino Family Professor
Department: MD-NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY
Phone: (352) 273-9000

Brian Hoh, MD, MBA, FACS, FAHA, FAANS, is an internationally known expert in the treatment of brain aneurysms, brain arteriovenous malformations, and ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. In July 2018, he was named the chair of the Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Hoh graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in biology and political science. He attended medical school at Columbia University in New York, where he graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Dr. Hoh completed his internship in surgery, residency in neurological surgery and fellowship in interventional neuroradiology at Harvard University at Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated with an MBA from the University of Florida Hough Graduate School of Business with Beta Gamma Sigma honors.

Dr. Hoh is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, past-chair of the Joint American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurosurgical Surgeons Cerebrovascular Section, a member of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, a senior member of the Society for Neurointerventional Surgery (formerly the ASITN), a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and a member of the Florida Neurosurgical Society.

In 2014, Dr. Hoh was elected to the prestigious American Academy of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Hoh is a past co-chair and member of the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery and a past member of the editorial board of the Journal World Neurosurgery.

Dr. Hoh is an NIH-R01-funded principal investigator of basic science research investigating the biologic mechanisms of cerebral aneurysm formation and rupture, as well as innovative tissue engineering technology to improve the treatment of cerebral aneurysms. He is also an investigator on national and international clinical trials focused on stroke, cerebral aneurysms, carotid stenting and endarterectomy, and vasospasm.

Dr. Hoh is a leader in neurosurgical education. He is the past director of the UF residency program and the UF endovascular surgical neuroradiology fellowship program, both ACGME-accredited training programs. In these roles, he was responsible for the training of 21 neurosurgery residents and endovascular surgical neuroradiology fellows.

Accomplishments:
  • Exemplary Teacher Award
    2014 · University of Florida
  • Byron Cone Pevehouse Award for Socio-Economic Research
    2012 · American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Exemplary Teacher Award
    2010 · University of Florida
  • Robert D. Florin Award for Socio-Economic Research
    2009 · American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Excellence in Teaching Incentive Award
    2009 · University of Florida
  • Exemplary Teacher Award
    2008 · University of Florida
  • Excellence in Teaching Incentive Award
    2007 · University of Florida
Certifications:
  • Neurological Surgery
    American Board of Neurological Surgery
Specialties:
  • Neurosurgery
Clinical Interests:
  • Acute Ischemic Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Cerebral aneurysm
  • Cerebral angiography
  • Cerebral arteriovenous malformation
  • Endovascular embolization
  • Meningioma
  • Moyamoya disease
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Transient ischemic attack
  • Vein of Galen malformation
Publications:
Grants:
  • May 2020 ACTIVE
    Inflammatory Mediators and Mechanisms of Cerebral Aneurysm Formation and Rupture
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2020 – Oct 2020
    FY20 NREF Fellowship Bardhi: IL-17 blockade on neutrophil recruitment in coiled aneurysm healing
    NEUROSURGERY RES AND EDU FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2019 ACTIVE
    Neutrophil Infiltration in Coiled Aneurysm Healing
    BRAIN ANEURYSM FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2019 ACTIVE
    NLRP3 as a Therapeutic Target in Intracranial Aneurysm Pathogenesis
    BRAIN ANEURYSM FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2019 ACTIVE
    University of Florida R25 Early Research Program for Neurology and Neurosurgery Residents
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS ·
  • Jul 2019 ACTIVE
    Inflammation and Cerebral Aneurysm Formation: Targets for Modulation and Vascular Repair
    UF FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2019 ACTIVE
    Understanding aneurysm pathogenesis using a murine elastase-induced intracranial aneurysms model
    UF FOU · Principal Investigator
  • May 2019 – Apr 2020
    Inflammatory Mediators and Mechanisms of Cerebral Aneurysm Formation and Rupture
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2018 – Sep 2019
    Osteopontin-mediated Cerebral Aneurysm Healing: Th2 Cell Activation
    BRAIN ANEURYSM FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2017 – Sep 2018
    Mechanism of Aneurysm Progression and Healing: Telomere and Telomerase Activity in Cerebral Aneurysm
    BRAIN ANEURYSM FOU · Mentor
  • Oct 2017 – Sep 2018
    Studying IL-6 and IL-17 in the cerebral aneurysm development of VCD mice
    BRAIN ANEURYSM FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2016 – Sep 2017
    The estrogen-deficiency-IL-17 pathway for cerebral aneurysm growth and rupture
    BRAIN ANEURYSM FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2016 – Jul 2019
    Regulation and Implication of Hemoglobin Clearance in Subarachnoid Hemorrhagic Patients
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS ·
  • Oct 2015 – Sep 2016
    BAF #3
    BRAIN ANEURYSM FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2015 – Jun 2016
    2015-2016 Neuro Endovascular Surgery Fellowship
    CODMAN AND SHURTLEFF, INC · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2015 – Jun 2016
    Medtronic & Covidien Fellowship Grant
    MEDTRONIC INC · Principal Investigator
  • Feb 2014 – Jan 2019
    Cerebral Aneurysm Healing: Cellular Mediators, Mechanisms and Downstream Actions
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Principal Investigator
  • Mar 2013 ACTIVE
    SCENT
    CERSYS · Project Manager
  • Jun 2010 – Jun 2016
    Merz Professorship
    UF FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2007 – Aug 2016
    Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    UF RESEARCH FOU · Project Manager
  • Jan 2004 ACTIVE
    Eblen Research Endowment # 011074
    UF FOU · Principal Investigator
Patents:
  • Published March 2008
    Polymer with Ability to Signal the Recruitment of Vascular Progenitor Cells
    #US-2008-0233082-A1
Education:
  • 2005
    Residency – Neurological Surgery
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 1999
    Internship – Surgery
    Massachusetts General Hospital
Adam Polifka

Adam Polifka M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department: MD-NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY
Phone: (352) 273-9000

Adam J. Polifka, MD, is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. He was awarded his bachelor’s degree with a concentration in molecular biology from Colgate University and his medical degree from the University of Vermont. Dr. Polifka completed his internship and residency training in neurological surgery at the University of Maryland. During his residency, Dr. Polifka completed his pediatric training at Johns Hopkins University and also completed a one-year, enfolded endovascular fellowship with the department of radiology at the University of Maryland.

After his residency, Dr. Polifka completed a prestigious neurosurgical fellowship in endovascular surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. He then received extensive training in open and endovascular management of complex vascular disorders of the neurovascular system, including cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, stroke and carotid artery stenosis.

Dr. Polifka joined the faculty at UF in July 2015. As a UF Health neurosurgeon, he performs craniotomies for brain tumors and vascular disorders, endovascular management of vascular disorders, carotid artery stenting, carotid endarterectomy and spinal instrumentation for traumatic and degenerative spinal disease.

Specialties:
  • Neurosurgery
Clinical Interests:
  • Acute Ischemic Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm in the brain
  • Angioplasty and stent placement – carotid artery
  • Brain surgery
  • Brain tumor – primary – adults
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Carotid artery surgery
  • Cerebral aneurysm
  • Cerebral angiography
  • Cerebral arteriovenous malformation
  • Cervical Herniated Disk
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Craniosynostosis repair
  • Endovascular embolization
  • Herniated disk
  • Meningioma
  • Moyamoya disease
  • Recovering after stroke
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal AVM
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Deformity: Scoliosis and Kypthotic Deformities
  • Spinal injury
  • Spinal tumor
  • Stent
  • Stroke
  • Stroke risk factors and prevention
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Transient ischemic attack
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vein of Galen malformation
Publications:
Grants:
  • Mar 2016 – Mar 2016
    ASTROH: Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Trial Randomizing Heparin
    UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE RES FOU · Principal Investigator
  • May 2013 – Mar 2018
    LARGE Aneurysm Randomized Trial: Flow Diversion Versus Traditional Endovascular Coiling Therapy
    MEDICAL UNIV OF SOUTH CAROLINA · Principal Investigator
  • May 2013 – May 2024
    Framing Eighteen coils in cerebral Aneurysms Trial
    VANDERBILT UNIV · Principal Investigator
  • Mar 2013 ACTIVE
    The Surpass IntraCranial Aneurysm Embolization System Pivotal Trial to Treat Large or Giant Wide Neck Aneurysms
    CERSYS · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2015
    Fellowship – Neurosurgery
    Thomas Jefferson University
  • 2014
    Residency – Neurosurgery
    University of Maryland
  • 2007
    Medical Degree
    University of Vermont

Emergency Medicine

Adrian Tyndall

Adrian Tyndall M.D.

Interim Dean, College Of Medicine
Department: MD-EMERGENCY MED-AED
Phone: (352) 265-5911

Joseph A Tyndall, MD, MPH, FACEP, is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his residency in emergency medicine at University of Maryland Medical Center and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. He is board-certified in emergency medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He began his academic career in New York, where he was involved in undergraduate medical education as a student clerkship director and, eventually, the residency program director in emergency medicine at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. He also served as an associate medical director of emergency services at the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. While in New York, Dr. Tyndall held faculty appointments as an assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and assistant professor of emergency medicine at State University of New York Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn. 

Dr. Tyndall holds an executive master’s degree in health services management and health policy from the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University. He was recruited to the University of Florida in 2006 as vice chairman of emergency medicine and was appointed chair of emergency medicine in 2008. He holds leadership positions and is active on several boards at the local, state and national levels in emergency medicine. His academic and research interests include the epidemiology and management of acute asthma, trauma care and traumatic brain injury, clinical operations research and health services research. 

Accomplishments:
  • Physician of the Year
    2001 · Brooklyn Hospital Center
Certifications:
  • Emergency Medicine
    American Board of Emergency Medicine
Specialties:
  • Emergency Medicine
Clinical Interests:
  • Asthma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Traumatic Injury
Research Interests:
  • acute asthma
  • clinical operations research
  • health services research
  • trauma care
  • traumatic brain injury
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jul 2020 ACTIVE
    VA IPA for Fan Lin FY21
    US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR · Mentor
  • Jul 2019 ACTIVE
    Impacts of the 2017 Hurricanes on Emergency Department Admissions and Outcomes in St. Thomas, USVI
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIMHD ·
  • Apr 2019 – Apr 2020
    FY20 VA IPA for FanLin
    US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR · Project Manager
  • Apr 2017 – Apr 2018
    VA-Gainesville IPA for Drake Morgan – Dr. Wang, PI
    US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR · Project Manager
  • Apr 2017 – Apr 2018
    VA-Gainesville IPA for Zhihui Yang – Dr. Wang, PI
    US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2017 – Apr 2019
    VA-Gainesville IPA for Fan Lin -Dr. Wang, PI
    US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2015 – Jul 2017
    a prospective evaluation of UCH-L1 and GFAP biomarker kinetics after mild brain injury trauma (vigilant)
    BANYAN BIOMARKERS INC · Principal Investigator
Patents:
  • Issued February 2018
    Discrete Event Algorithm to Simulate Patient Flow through an Emergency Department Setting
    #TXu 2-090-105
  • Issued February 2017
    2013 Patient Simulation Code
    #TXu 2-088-718
  • Issued September 2016
    Discrete Event Algorithm to Simulate Patient Flow through an Emergency Department Setting (Dec 2014 Code)
    #TX 8-426-345
Education:
  • 1997
    Residency – Emergency Medicine
    University of Maryland
  • 1994
    Medical Degree
    University of Maryland
David A Meurer

David A Meurer M.D., FACEP

Clinical Assistant Professor; Medical Director, ShandsCair Adult/Peds Team; Medical Director, Gainesville Fire Rescue
Department: MD-EMERGENCY MED-AED
Phone: (352) 265-5911

Dr. Meurer was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, the son of a career US Air Force officer. He attended high school and graduated from Wagner High School, Clark Air Base, in the Republic of the Philippines. While majoring in marine biology as an undergraduate at Florida Institute of Technology, he became interested in Emergency Medicine while volunteering with Harbor City Volunteer Ambulance Service in Melbourne, Florida. After graduating from FIT, he worked for a BLS rural ambulance service in north Florida for several years before attending paramedic school in Valdosta, Georgia, and then worked as a paramedic for Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service on an ALS service. Upon graduating from UF College of Medicine, he interned at University Medical Center (now Shands Jacksonville) in a preliminary year, having also matched in the PGY2, 3,4 UF Emergency Medicine residency program. After completing my residency in Emergency Medicine, he came to the Division of Emergency Medicine at Shands in Gainesville in 1993. Except for a brief 3-month stint in private practice at Alachua General Hospital in 1996, he has enjoyed a clinical faculty appointment here at UF.                       

Clinical Interests: EMS and pre-hospital medicine, Farm Emergencies, Hazardous Materials response including radiation emergencies, Disaster Medicine, Environmental Emergencies (snake bites, space, altitude, and diving emergencies, etc), Development of clinical guidelines, Use of PDAs in clinical medicine.

Certifications:
  • Emergency Medicine
    American Board of Emergency Medicine
Specialties:
  • Emergency Medicine
Clinical Interests:
  • Animal bites
  • Marine animal stings or bites
  • Radiation sickness
  • Snake bites
Education:
  • 1993
    Residency – Emergency Medicine
    University Medical Center
  • 1990
    Internship – Internal Medicine
    Jacksonville Health
  • 1989
    Medical Degree
    University of Florida

Neuroradiology

Keith R Peters

Keith R Peters M.D.

ASO PROFESSOR
Subspecialties:
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Critical Care 

Marc A Babi

Marc A Babi MD

Assistant Professor Of Neurology, Neurosurgery. Neurocritical Care Fellowship Director. Neurology Residency Associate Director
Department: MD-NEURO-NEUROCRITICAL CARE
Phone: (352) 294-5144

Dr Babi joined the University of Florida in 2017. Dr Babi completed his undergraduate and subsequent medical training at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and New York. Dr Babi then completed this residency training in neurology at the University of Vermont, in Burlington VT, where he also served as a chief resident. He then moved to Durham NC, where he completed fellowship training in neurocritical care at Duke University Hospital.

Dr Babi is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Neurocritical care Society, the American Heart/Stroke Association and Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr Babi serves in several educational and administrative institutional committees at the University of Florida, as well as national committees related to neurocritical care.

Dr Babi is the neurocritical care fellowship director at the University of Florida, the associate program director of neurology residency, and associate director of neurology clerkship.

Dr Babi research interests include curriculum development, critical care simulation, systems of care in the ICU and clinical trials pertaining to intracerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Outside of work, Dr Babi is an avid outdoorsman, where he enjoys free-diving, deep sea fishing, camping, hiking, skiing and kitesurfing.

Certifications:
  • Neurocritical care
    United Council of Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS)
  • Neurology
    American Board of Neurology (ABPN)
Specialties:
  • Neurology
Clinical Interests:
  • Acute Ischemic Stroke
  • Stroke
Grants:
  • Sep 2020 ACTIVE
    ExtracorPoreal FILtration of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage via SpinaL CAtheteR EXTension
    MINNETRONIX NEURO · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2017
    Fellowship (Neurocritical care)
    Duke University
  • 2015
    Residency (Neurology)
    University of Vermont
  • 2011
    MD (Doctor of Medicine)
    Weill Cornell Medical College
  • 2006
    Pre-medical
    Cornell University
Katharina Busl

Katharina Busl MD, MS

Chief Neurocritical Care And Clinical Associate Professor
Department: MD-NEURO-NEUROCRITICAL CARE
Phone: (352) 294-5000

Katharina M. Busl, MD, is the division chief of neurocritical care at University of Florida Health and co-director of the UF Health Shands Hospital Neuro Intensive Care Unit. She is a neurointensivist with faculty appointments in the departments of neurology and neurosurgery.

Dr. Busl received her medical degree with high honors from the Technical University of Munich in Germany. She moved to Boston to complete her neurology residency in the Harvard Neurology Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she also served as chief resident. She subsequently completed a fellowship in neurological critical care at the Harvard Partners program (MGH and BWH). Before coming to UF, Dr. Busl was an assistant professor of neurology and attending neurointensivist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. In addition to her formal medical education, Dr. Busl holds a master’s degree in science from Rush University.

Dr. Busl is board certified in neurology as a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and neurocritical care-certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. She is a member of various professional societies, including the American Academy of Neurology, the Neurocritical Care Society, the American Heart Association and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Busl has been invited to numerous regional, national and international meetings and conferences to present and participate.

In addition to conducting her own research, Dr. Busl also serves as a reviewer for several journals, including JAMA Neurology, Critical Care Medicine, Neurocritical Care, the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease and the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. She also has contributed to several book chapters.

As the recipient of numerous awards, including the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award from Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Busl is a sought out speaker and experienced teacher. Dr. Busl is fluent in German and English.

Accomplishments:
  • Presidential Citation
    2018 · Neurocritical Care Society
  • Department Service Award
    2017 · Department of Neurology, University of Florida, College of Medicine
  • Emerging Leaders Forum
    2016 · American Academy of Neurology
  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award
    2013 · Rush University Medical Center, Department of Neurology
Certifications:
  • Neurocritical Care
    United Counsil of Neurologic Subspecialties
  • Neurology
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Specialties:
  • Neurology
Subspecialties:
  • Critical Care Medicine
Clinical Interests:
  • Acute Ischemic Stroke
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Transient ischemic attack
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Research Summary:

My research interests include characterization of systemic complications in neurocritical illness, neuroICU organization, and quality in the neuroICU and in neurology.

Publications:
Education:
  • 2013
    Master of Science
    Rush University
  • 2011
    Fellowship – Neurology
    Harvard Partners Neurocritical Care
  • 2009
    Residency – Neurology
    Harvard Partners Neurology Residency Program
  • 2006
    Internship – Internal Medicine
    Caritas Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center
  • 2004-2005
    Clinical and Laboratory Immunology
    Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet
  • 2004
    Medical Degree
    Technische Universitaet Munchen
Carolina B Maciel

Carolina B Maciel MD, MSCR

Clinical Assistant Professor Of Neurology And Neurosurgery; Director Of Research, Division Of Neurocritical Care
Department: MD-NEURO-NEUROCRITICAL CARE
Phone: (352) 273-5550

Dr. Maciel is a neurointensivist with dedicated training in EEG monitoring in critically ill patients. Dr. Maciel received her medical degree with honors from Universidade Federal Fluminense in Brazil, and completed her Neurology residency at Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She subsequently moved to New Haven, where she underwent Neurocritical Care and ICU EEG fellowship training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Subsequently, she obtained a Masters of Science in Clinical Research at Medical University of South Carolina.

As a native Brazilian, Carolina enjoys spending time off soaking up the sunshine while devouring a book. Her favorite words are resilience, equity, equality and love.

Accomplishments:
  • Clinical Research Subcommittee member
    2020 · American Academy of Neurology
  • Early Career Stroke Subcommittee member
    2020 · American Heart Association
  • Junior Scholar Award and Pilot Grant
    2019 · Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
  • TRANSCENDS Scholarship – Training in Research for Academic Neurologists to Sustain Careers and Enhance the Numbers of Diverse Scholars
    2017 · American Academy of Neurology
  • Resident Teaching Award
    2014 · Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Distinguished Housestaff Award
    2013 · Weill Cornell Medical College
Certifications:
  • Critical Care EEG
    American Clinical Neurophysiology Board
  • Neurocritical Care
    United Council of Neurological Specialties
  • Neurology
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Clinical Interests:
  • Acute Ischemic Stroke
  • Brain herniation
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Research Summary:

Dr. Maciel is the director of research for the neurocritical care division and the founding member of the Cardiac Arrest Resource Team. Dr. Maciel’s interests include the humbling task of predicting neurologic outcome following acute brain injury, the mechanisms related to secondary brain injury in the neurocritically ill, and the critical care management of the potential organ donor. Dr. Maciel’s research focuses on improving neuroprognostication techniques and understanding the impact of cortical electrical phenomena (seizures and cortical spreading depolarization) after acute brain injuries. Dr. Maciel is working to elucidate mechanisms of secondary brain injury following cardiac arrest and therapies for post-anoxic status epilepticus.

Publications:
Grants:
  • Apr 2019 ACTIVE
    Neurotherapeutics Symposium 2019 accelerating the pace of translation in neurological emergencies by enhancing diverse workforce in neuroscience and promoting transdisciplinary team science
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2017-2019
    Master of Science in Clinical Research
    Medical University of South Carolina
  • 2016-2017
    Critical Care Encephalography Fellowship
    Yale New Haven Hospital
  • 2014-2016
    Neurocritical Care Fellowship
    Yale New Haven Hospital
  • 2011-2014
    Neurology Residency
    New York-Presbyterian Hospital & Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • 2010
    Internship
    New York-Presbyterian Hospital & Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • 2009
    MD
    Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Michael A Pizzi

Michael A Pizzi DO, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: MD-NEURO-NEUROCRITICAL CARE
Phone: (352) 273-5550

Michael Pizzi, DO, PhD is a board-certified neurologist and neurointensivist. He received his medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school Dr. Pizzi was selected for a clinical and research externship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where his work on using nanoparticles to facilitate axonal regeneration won the Sarah Baskin award for best research project. Dr. Pizzi completed his internship in internal medicine and neurology residency at the University of Florida-Jacksonville, where he served as chief administrative resident. Dr. Pizzi completed his neurocritical care fellowship at Mayo Clinic Florida, where he received the critical care echocardiography fellow of the year award. Prior to medical school, Dr. Pizzi earned his MS (Florida State University) and PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin) in neuroscience. Dr. Pizzi’s dissertation research project utilized a novel mechanism by which cancer cells spread in order to facilitate axonal regeneration after traumatic spinal cord injury.

Accomplishments:
  • Faculty Golden Apple Award
    2018 · Department of Neurology at UF-Jacksonville
  • Critical Care Echocardiography Fellow of the Year
    2017 · Mayo Clinic
  • Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research
    2008 · Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University
  • Student Travel Award
    2004 · National Neurotrauma Society
Certifications:
  • Adult Neurology
    ABPN
  • Neurocritical Care
    UCNS
Specialties:
  • Neurology
Clinical Interests:
  • Acute Ischemic Stroke
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Research Summary:

Understanding the mechanisms of blood brain barrier breakdown after various acute neurologic injuries. Through better understanding of this degradative process, potential therapeutic modalities can be investigated to decrease this breakdown. Preserving the blood brain barrier may improve the effectiveness of medications given for brain swelling after various acute neurologic injuries.

Publications:
Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson DO, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: MD-NEURO-NEUROCRITICAL CARE
Phone: (352) 273-5550

Dr. Robinson is a fellowship trained neurointensivist. In 2011, he received his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Robinson completed his neurology residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL and his neurocritical care fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Since joining the University of Florida, Dr. Robinson has been actively involved in severe TBI research and improvement in institutional outcomes. He has been an investigator for several clinical trials and is currently the PI for the NIH funded BOOST III trial. He currently serves as the neuroscience course director for the University of Florida College of Medicine and is actively involved within the medical school. He has recently founded the neurological simulation program in collaboration with the University of Florida simulation center, training medical students, residents, fellows, and PA’s. Dr. Robinson is also a current member of the presidentially appointed UF athletics Title IX committee and represents women’s athletics for the university. He is the proud father of four children and member of Gator Nation.

Accomplishments:
  • College of Medicine Program Evaluation Committee
    2019 · University of Florida College of Medicine
  • UF Athletics Title IX Committee
    2018 · University of Florida
  • Chief Resident
    2015 · University of Loyola Neurology
Certifications:
  • Neurocritical Care
    UCNS
  • Neurology
    ABPN
Specialties:
  • Neurology
Clinical Interests:
  • Increased intracranial pressure
  • Intracranial pressure monitoring
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Research Summary:

Dr. Robinson’s research interests include traumatic brain injury, coagulation abnormalities in neurologic disease, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and simulation based training in neurologic disease.

Education:
  • 2007-2011
    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
    West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2006-2007
    M.S. Cell Biology
    Missouri State University
  • 2002-2006
    B.S. Cell Biology
    Missouri State University
Arvin W Trippensee

Arvin W Trippensee DO, FASA

Assistant Professor Of Anesthesiology
Department: MD-ANEST CRITICAL CARE MED
Phone: (352) 273-8298

Dr. Arvin Trippensee joined the Department in the summer of 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the division of Critical Care Medicine. Before joining us, he worked for a year as a staff anesthesiologist for Greater Florida Anesthesiologists in Tampa, FL. Prior to this, he spent a career in the US Navy spanning 30 years.

Dr. Trippensee began his service in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and deployed during Desert Storm as an anesthesia technician for a 500 bed fleet hospital in Saudi Arabia. After earning his medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University on the Armed Services Health Professions Scholarship, he completed his internship followed by an operational tour as a Naval Flight Surgeon with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Iwakuni, Japan. Dr. Trippensee completed several staff tours after completing his residency in anesthesiology at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and continued his education with a fellowship in Critical Care & Transesophageal Echocardiography at Duke University.

Throughout his military career Dr. Trippensee completed numerous operational and clinical assignments and served as an advocate for patient safety and quality improvement. He established himself as an outstanding mentor and role model for trainees, medical students, residents, and staff. He spent his last three years in the military as the Chief of Anesthesia & Operative Services at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) leading a staff of 19 anesthesiologists, 26 nurse anesthetists and 8 support staff. TAMC is the largest military medical center in the Pacific supporting over 480,000 DoD beneficiaries. In 2013, Dr. Trippensee served as the Senior Medical Officer for the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Certifications:
  • Anesthesiology
    American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Critical Care Medicine
    American Board of Anesthesiology
Education:
  • 2011
    Fellowship, Critical Care and Transesophageal Echocardiography
    Duke University
  • 2004
    Residency, Anesthesiology
    Naval Medical Center
  • 1998
    Internship, Internal Medicine
    Naval Medical Center
  • 1997
    DO
    College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
Peggy A White

Peggy A White MD

Associate Professor Of Anesthesiology; Director, Multidisciplinary Adult Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Department: MD-ANEST CRITICAL CARE MED
Phone: (352) 273-9646

Dr. White joined our faculty in 2012 after completing fellowships in critical care medicine and neuroanesthesiology at the University of Florida. Her research interests have included studies in the critically ill patient population, traumatic brain injury, neuroanesthesiology, and organ donation.

Dr. White also has an interest in education research and has won multiple Department awards for teaching residents and fellows. She facilitates bi-weekly simulation sessions to train emergency response teams in the ICU and serves as a question writer for the American Board of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Examination Committee.

Certifications:
  • Anesthesiology
    American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Critical Care Medicine
    American Board of Anesthesiology
Grants:
  • Jul 2015 ACTIVE
    Inter-professional Team Training in Critical Care
    HEERMANN ANESTHESIA FOU, I · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2012
    Fellowship, Neuroanesthesiology
    University of Florida
  • 2011
    Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine
    University of Florida
  • 2010
    Residency, Anesthesiology
    University of Florida
  • 2006
    MD
    Saba University

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Prodip K Bose

Prodip K Bose MD, PhD

Associate Professor Of Anesthesiology, Neurology, & Physiological Sciences; Director, MRI & Translational Neurotrauma Rehabilitation Lab; Associate Director, Brain Rehabilitation Research Center
Eduardo Candelario-Jalil

Eduardo Candelario-Jalil

Associate Professor, Graduate Co-Coordinator Neuroscience Graduate Program
Sylvain Doré

Sylvain Doré PhD, FAHA

Professor, Anesthesiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Pharmaceutics, Neuroscience; Director, Anesthesiology Research Programs
Email: sdore@ufl.edu