Faculty & Staff

Movement Disorders Group

Directors

Michael Okun, MDMichael Okun, M.D.

Co-Director, Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration
Chair
of Neurology
– Movement Disorders Neurology
– Deep Brain Stimulation
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Kelly Foote, MDKelly Foote, M.D.

Co-Director, Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration
Professor of Neurosurgery
– Movement Disorders Neurosurgery
– Deep Brain Stimulation
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Aparna Wagle Shukla, MBBS, DNB, M.D.Aparna Wagle Shukla, M.D.

Professor, Department of Neurology
Director of Clinical Trials
– Movement Disorders
– Electrophysiology
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Nikolaus McFarland, MDNikolaus McFarland, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology
Wright/Falls/Simmons Professor of PSP/Atypical Parkinson’s
Director, UF HDSA Center of Excellence

– Atypical Parkinsonisms
– Huntington’s Disease
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Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, MD

Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, MD

Associate Professor, Neurology
Chief, Movement Disorders Division

– Clinical Trials
– Deep Brain Stimulation

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Irene Malaty, MDIrene Malaty, M.D.

Professor of Neurology
Medical Director, NPF Center of Excellence
– Parkinson Disease
– Tourette Syndrome
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AJ YarboroughA.J. Yarbrough, MBA, CPC

Director
Department of Neurology
– Health Administration
– Movement Disorders
More about A.J.

 

Melissa HimesMelissa Himes, BA

Clinical ACU Manager
Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration
– Health Administration
– Movement Disorders
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Julie SeguraJulie Segura, BA

Assistant Director of Clinical Trials
Department of Neurology
– Clinical Trials
– Movement Disorders
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Faculty & Fellows

Leonardo Almeida, MD

Leonardo Almeida, M.D.

Assistant Professor
UF Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration
– Movement Disorders Neurology
– Deep Brain Stimulation
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Melissa J. Armstrong, MD

Melissa J. Armstrong, M.D., MSc, FAAN

Associate Professor
Director, Mangurian Clinical-Research Center for Lewy Body & Parkinson’s Disease Dementia
– Lewy Body Disease
– PD Dementia
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Russell Bauer, Ph.D., ABPPRussell Bauer, PhD, ABPP

Professor
Department of Clinical & Health Psychology
– Alzheimer’s Disease
– Neuropyschology

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Matt Beke, RDN, LDNMatt Beke, RDN, LDN

Clinical Dietitian
Food Science and Human Nutrition
– Nutrition
– Movement Disorders

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Frank Bova, Ph.D., F.A.C.R., F.A.A.P.M.

Frank Bova, Ph.D., F.A.C.R., F.A.A.P.M.

Professor & Staff Physicist
Neurosurgery, Nuclear Engineering
– Stereotactic radiosurgery
– Computer guided neurosurgery
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Dawn Bowers, Ph.D.Dawn Bowers, Ph.D.

Professor, Clinical & Health Psychology, Neurology
Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
– Emotional Disorders
– Neuropsychology
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Evangelos Christou, Ph.D.Evangelos Christou, Ph.D.

Professor
Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
– Neural Control of Movement
– Aging
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Dr. Shannon ChiuShannon Chiu, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Neurology, Movement Disorders
– Deep Brain Stimulation
– Lewy Body Dementia
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Cottler1-smLinda Cottler, Ph.D., MPH

Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Dean’s Professor of Epidemiology
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
– Parkinson Disease
– Healthcare improvement
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Paul Davenport, Ph.D.Paul Davenport, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
Department of Physiological Sciences

– Respiration
– Neurological disease
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Matthew Farrer, Ph.D.Photo of Dr. Farrer

Lauren and Lee Fixel Chair in Parkinson’s Disease
Professor of Neurology
Director, Clinical Genomics Program,
UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute

– Genetics
– Parkinson disease
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Marcelo Febo, Ph.D.Marcelo Febo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Director of Translational Research Imaging
– Brain Imaging
– Translational Neuroscience
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Benoit Giasson, Ph.D.Benoit Giasson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Neuroscience
Investigator, CTRND and McKnight Brain Institute
– Parkinson Disease
– Alpha-Synuclein
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Todd E. Golde, M.D., Ph.D.Todd Golde, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, McKnight Brain Institute
Professor, Neuroscience
– Parkinson Disease
– Alzheimer disease
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Aysegul Gunduz, Ph.D.Aysegul Gunduz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering

– Neurorehabilitation
– Electrocorticographic signals
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Chris Hass, Ph.D.Chris Hass, Ph.D.

Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
– PD Disease Progression
– Locomotion and Balance
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Shelley Heaton, PhD
Shelley Heaton, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor
Co-Director of the Pediatric Brain Injury Programs
– Tourette Syndrome
– Neuropsychology

 

photo of Nicole HerndonNicole Herndon, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
– Speech treatments
– Swallow treatments

 

Christopher W. Hess, M.D.

Christopher Hess, M.D.

Director, Veterans Administration Parkinson’s Disease Consortium Center
North Florida/South Georgia VA Medical Center
Assistant Professor in Neurology
– Movement Disorders
– Neuroimaging
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Photo of Dr. Justin HilliardJustin Hilliard, M.D.

Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery

– Deep Brain Stimulation
– Movement Disorders

 

Wei Hu, MD, PhDWei Hu, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, UF Health International Center
Assistant Professor in Neurology
– Telemedicine
– Neuromodulation Research
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Jack Judy, Ph.D.Jack Judy, Ph.D.

Professor
Director of the Nanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering Technologies
– Nanoscale devices
– Biomedical applications
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Alison Kraus PT, DPT, NCSAlison Kraus, PT, DPT, NCS

Physical Therapist
– Movement Disorders
– Exercise
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Photo of Dr. Matthew LaVoie

Matthew J LaVoie, PhD

Fixel Family Chair of Neurology and Neuroscience
Co-Director, Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease
Associate Chair for Research, Department of Neurology
– Parkinson Disease Genetics
– Movement Disorders Research
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 Yuqing Li, Ph.D.Yuqing Li, Ph.D. 

Professor
Tyler’s Hope Center for Dystonia Research
– Translational Neuroscience
– Dystonia
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Kevin J. Otto, PhD

Kevin J. Otto, PhD

Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering

– Neural Engineering
– Deep Brain Stimulation
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Dr. Bhavana PatelBhavana Patel, M.D.

Assistant  Professor
Department of Neurology

– Movement Disorders
– Deep Brain Stimulation
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Addie Patterson, D.O.Addie Patterson, D.O.

Assistant  Professor
Department of Neurology

– Movement Disorders
– Deep Brain Stimulation
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Catherine Price, PhDCatherine Price, PhD

Associate Professor
Clinical and Health Psychology, Anesthesiology

– Parkinsonisms
– Dementia
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Jose Principe, PhDJose Principe, PhD

Distinguished Professor
BellSouth Professor
Director of Computational NeuroEngineering Laboratory

– Digital Signal Processing
– Brain Machine Interfaces
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Laura Ranum, PhD

Laura Ranum, PhD

Professor, Director of Center for NeuroGenetics
Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
– Genetics
– Ataxia
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Dr. Ashley RawlsAshley Rawls, MD

Assistant Professor, Movement Disorders
– Movement Disorders
– Tics
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Steven A. Robicsek, MD, PhDSteven Robicsek, MD, PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship

– Neuroanesthesiology
– Medical Education
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Carley RuschCarley Rusch, MS, RDN, LDN

Clinical Dietitian
Food Science and Human Nutrition
– Nutrition
– Movement Disorders
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Markus SantosoMarkus Santoso, PhD

Assistant Professor
Digital Worlds Institute

– Virtual and Mixed Reality
– Exercise Science
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Heather SimpsonHeather Simpson, OTD, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Shands Rehab

– Tourette Syndrome
– Parkinson’s Disease
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S. H. Subramony, MDS. H. Subramony, MD

Professor, Department of Neurology
– Ataxia
– Neuromuscular Disease
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Malú Gámez Tansey, Ph.D.Photo of Dr. Tansey

Norman and Susan Fixel Chair in Parkinson’s Disease
Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology
Co-Director, Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease

– Parkinson Disease
– Neuroscience
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Nicole Tester, PhDNicole Tester, PhD, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
UF Health Rehab

– Movement Disorders
– Multiple Sclerosis
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VaillancourtDavid Vaillancourt, PhD

Professor
Departments of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, Neurology, Biomedical Engineering

– Imaging Techniques
– PD Progression
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Photo of Dr. Vedam-maiVinata Vedam-Mai, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
– Deep Brain Stimulation
– Immunotherapy
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BABA C. VEMURI, PH.D.Baba C. Vemuri, PhD

Professor, Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Director, Center for Vision Graphics and Medical Imaging

– Medical Imaging
– Computer Vision
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Herbert Ward, MDHerbert Ward, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
– PD Depression
– Deep Brain Stimulation
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Lisa Warren, MHS, OTR/L Lisa Warren, MHS, OTR/L 

Site Manager
UF Health Rehab at Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases

– Movement Disorders
– Occupational Therapy
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Karen Hegland, PhDKaren Wheeler Hegland, PhD 

Associate Professor
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
– Speech
– Swallowing problems
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Keith White, Ph.D.Keith White, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Psychology, Opthamology, MBI
 – Brain Imaging
– Psychology
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