Katharina Busl

Katharina Busl, MD, MS

Chief Neurocritical Care And Clinical Associate Professor

Business Phone: (352) 294-5000

About Katharina Busl

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.


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

Board Certifications

  • Neurocritical Care
    United Counsil of Neurologic Subspecialties
  • Neurology
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Clinical Profile

  • Neurology
  • Critical Care Medicine
Areas of Interest
  • Acute Ischemic Stroke
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Transient ischemic attack
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Research Profile

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


Palliative Care Services in the NeuroICU: Opportunities and Persisting Barriers.
The American journal of hospice & palliative care. [DOI] 10.1177/1049909120987215. [PMID] 33433236.
Pterygopalatine Fossa Blockade as Novel, Narcotic-Sparing Treatment for Headache in Patients with Spontaneous Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
Neurocritical care. [DOI] 10.1007/s12028-020-01157-1. [PMID] 33403584.
Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) in the NeuroICU: Identification of Risk Factors and Time-to-CAUTI Using a Case-Control Design.
Neurocritical care. [DOI] 10.1007/s12028-020-01020-3. [PMID] 32556857.
Electronic patient portal utilization by neurology patients and association with outcomes.
Health informatics journal. 26(4):2751-2761 [DOI] 10.1177/1460458220938533. [PMID] 32674698.
Learning to Chart Courses Prior to Navigating Stormy Waters: The Urgent Need for a Standardized Roadmap in Status Epilepticus Studies.
Critical care medicine. 48(12):1904-1906 [DOI] 10.1097/CCM.0000000000004678. [PMID] 33255110.
Neurologic Manifestations of Severe Respiratory Viral Contagions.
Critical care explorations. 2(4) [DOI] 10.1097/CCE.0000000000000107. [PMID] 32426749.
Proceedings from the Neurotherapeutics Symposium on Neurological Emergencies: Shaping the Future of Neurocritical Care.
Neurocritical care. 33(3):636-645 [DOI] 10.1007/s12028-020-01085-0. [PMID] 32959201.
Role of Dexmedetomidine in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: A Comprehensive Scoping Review.
Journal of neurosurgical anesthesiology. [DOI] 10.1097/ANA.0000000000000728. [PMID] 33060552.
Urinary dysfunction in acute brain injury: A narrative review.
Clinical neurology and neurosurgery. 189 [DOI] 10.1016/j.clineuro.2019.105614. [PMID] 31786429.
What Does the Public Need to Know About Brain Death?
AMA journal of ethics. 22(12):E1047-1054 [DOI] 10.1001/amajethics.2020.1047. [PMID] 33419506.
Apnea Testing for the Determination of Brain Death: A Systematic Scoping Review.
Neurocritical care. [DOI] 10.1007/s12028-020-01015-0. [PMID] 32524528.
Patient-perceived value of a specialty-specific welcome letter: What you say and how you say it.
Neurology. Clinical practice. 9(3):228-232 [DOI] 10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000633. [PMID] 31341710.
Neurocritical Care Outcomes, Research, and Technology: A Review.
JAMA neurology. 76(5):612-618 [DOI] 10.1001/jamaneurol.2018.4407. [PMID] 30667464.
Healthcare-Associated Infections in the Neurocritical Care Unit.
Current neurology and neuroscience reports. 19(10) [DOI] 10.1007/s11910-019-0987-y. [PMID] 31456054.
Meningitis and encephalitis management in the ICU.
Current opinion in critical care. 25(5):423-429 [DOI] 10.1097/MCC.0000000000000640. [PMID] 31306182.
Bilateral Basal Ganglia Necrosis Secondary to Methamphetamine.
Movement disorders clinical practice. 5(5):555-556 [DOI] 10.1002/mdc3.12649. [PMID] 30515446.
Letter re: Diagnosis of ventriculostomy-related infection: Is cerebrospinal fluid lactate measurement a useful tool?
Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. 48 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jocn.2017.11.017. [PMID] 29217430.
Nosocomial Infections in the Neurointensive Care Unit.
Neurosurgery clinics of North America. 29(2):299-314 [DOI] 10.1016/j.nec.2017.11.008. [PMID] 29502719.
CSF lactate alone is not a reliable indicator of bacterial ventriculitis in patients with ventriculostomies.
Clinical neurology and neurosurgery. 157:95-98 [DOI] 10.1016/j.clineuro.2017.03.021. [PMID] 28458153.
Nosocomial Infections in the Neurointensive Care Unit.
Neurologic clinics. 35(4):785-807 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ncl.2017.06.012. [PMID] 28962814.
Seizures and Epileptiform Discharges in Patients With Acute Subdural Hematoma.
Journal of clinical neurophysiology : official publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society. 34(1):55-60 [DOI] 10.1097/WNP.0000000000000311. [PMID] 27748723.
Three-Month Outcomes Are Poor in Stroke Patients with Cancer Despite Acute Stroke Treatment.
Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases : the official journal of National Stroke Association. 26(4):809-815 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2016.10.021. [PMID] 27890440.
Comparison of ABC/2 with the Simplified ABC/2 Formula in Calculating Intracerebral Hemorrhage Volume
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Hyperammonemia: What Urea-lly Need to Know: Case Report of Severe Noncirrhotic Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy and Review of the Literature.
Case reports in medicine. 2016 [PMID] 27738433.
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Falcine and Tentorial Subdural Hematomas May Not Routinely Require Transfer to a Tertiary Care Center.
The Journal of emergency medicine. 49(5):679-85 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jemermed.2015.06.055. [PMID] 26279513.
Neurogenic Pulmonary Edema.
Critical care medicine. 43(8):1710-5 [DOI] 10.1097/CCM.0000000000001101. [PMID] 26066018.
Patient Management Problem.
Continuum (Minneapolis, Minn.). 21(5 Neurocritical Care):1503-23 [DOI] 10.1212/CON.0000000000000237. [PMID] 26426247.
Prolonged mechanical ventilation is associated with pulmonary complications, increased length of stay, and unfavorable discharge destination among patients with subdural hematoma.
Journal of neurosurgical anesthesiology. 27(1):31-6 [DOI] 10.1097/ANA.0000000000000085. [PMID] 24922337.
Falcine and Tentorial Subdural Hematomas do not routinely require transfer to a tertiary care center
Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Treatment of acute subdural hematoma.
Current treatment options in neurology. 16(1) [DOI] 10.1007/s11940-013-0275-0. [PMID] 24363148.
Treatment of Subdural Hemorrhage
Current Treatment Options in Neurology. 16(1):275-275
Bacterial infections of the central nervous system.
Current infectious disease reports. 15(6):612-30 [DOI] 10.1007/s11908-013-0384-7. [PMID] 24190736.
Cardiac abnormalities in patients with acute subdural hemorrhage.
Neurocritical care. 19(2):176-82 [DOI] 10.1007/s12028-013-9864-8. [PMID] 23896814.
Predictors of mortality in nontraumatic subdural hematoma.
Journal of neurosurgery. 119(5):1296-301 [DOI] 10.3171/2013.4.JNS122236. [PMID] 23746103.
Prestroke dementia is associated with poor outcomes after reperfusion therapy among elderly stroke patients.
Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases : the official journal of National Stroke Association. 22(6):718-24 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2011.11.005. [PMID] 22182760.
Treatment of neuroterrorism.
Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics. 9(1):139-57 [DOI] 10.1007/s13311-011-0097-2. [PMID] 22227729.
Spinal dural arteriovenous fistula mimicking prostate hyperplasia.
The Journal of emergency medicine. 41(6):e137-40 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jemermed.2008.05.017. [PMID] 19022613.
Hospital consultation for the patient with generalized weakness.
Continuum (Minneapolis, Minn.). 17(5 Neurologic Consultation in the Hospital):1040-62 [DOI] 10.1212/01.CON.0000407059.40532.b3. [PMID] 22809981.
Aspirin and recurrent intracerebral hemorrhage in cerebral amyloid angiopathy.
Neurology. 75(8):693-8 [DOI] 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181eee40f. [PMID] 20733144.
Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury: pathophysiology, neuropathology and mechanisms.
NeuroRehabilitation. 26(1):5-13 [DOI] 10.3233/NRE-2010-0531. [PMID] 20130351.
Neuroimaging in subclavian steal syndrome.
BMJ case reports. 2009 [DOI] 10.1136/bcr.11.2008.1198. [PMID] 21686421.
Neuroimaging in Subclavian Steel Syndrome
Pitfalls in the diagnosis of brain death.
Neurocritical care. 11(2):276-87 [DOI] 10.1007/s12028-009-9231-y. [PMID] 19444652.
A surprising cause of sinusitis.
Journal of neuro-oncology. 87(3):295-7 [PMID] 18094937.
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Spinal dural arterio-venous fistula mimicking prostate hyperplasiaTwo case reports and review of the literature
Journal of Emergency Medicine.
A surprising cause of sinusitis
Journal of Neuro-Oncology.


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

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
GMS6029 Brain Journal Club

Contact Details

(352) 294-5000