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Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Florida

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 and additional training in cognitive disorders and dementias at UF 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.

Dr. Patel’s research interests include improving the delivery of specialized healthcare in Lewy body dementia, applications of technology to improve health outcomes, and neurostimulation for movement and cognitive disorders.


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    Assistant Prof of Neurology, University of Florida