About Bhavana Patel
Dr. Bhavana Patel, DO, MS is currently an assistant professor in the Division of Movement disorders and Behavioral Neurology at the University of Florida. She joined the UF Department of Neurology and the Fixel Institute in 2019.
Dr. Patel graduated from Butler University in 2008 with a double major in chemistry and Spanish, followed by a Master’s degree in Biology at Purdue University in Indianapolis. She completed medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic medicine in 2013, followed by a preliminary internal medicine year and neurology residency at University of Kansas in 2017. During her residency she received awards for her residency research projects and was recognized by the medical student body for her excellence in teaching. In her final year of training she served as Chief Resident.
Upon completion of her neurology training she pursued a two year fellowship in Movement Disorders at University of Florida from 2017-2019. She has a personal connection to Dementia with Lewy Bodies and during her training she completed additional clinical and research training in Lewy Body disease under the mentorship of Dr. Melissa Armstrong. In 2018 she was the inaugural recipient of the Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Dementia with Lewy Bodies from the American Brain Foundation and the Mary E. Groff Charitable trust, in collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology. She is currently in the process of completing her 2 year Lewy Body Dementia research grant and has multiple research publications in development.
Dr. Patel’s research interests include Lewy body dementia, neurostimulation for movement and cognitive disorders, along with a strong interest in improving the delivery of healthcare to patients with Lewy body disease. Currently part of her research focuses on understanding how patients with Lewy body dementia and caregivers are receiving care in Florida. She has a specific interest in improving specialty access to patients with Lewy body disease using telemedicine.
She has presented her research at multiple international conferences including 2019 International Lewy Body Dementia Conference, International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Society, Academy of Neurology, and the 5th World Parkinson Congress.
She has presented an education session about Lewy body disease at the annual 2019 statewide Florida Neurological Society meeting.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Society of Neurology.