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About Dr. Hoffmann

Dr. Michael Hoffmann obtained his medical degree (MBBch) at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Neurological subspecialty fellowship training in stroke from Columbia University in New York City, followed after completing his South African neurology board certification, FCP(SA) Neurology.

 

Subsequently he completed two senior doctorates, one in cerebrovascular medicine (MD) and one in behavioral health (PhD). His main areas of research have concerned cognitive disorders after stroke and how to improve brain health and fitness based on scientific principles and evolutionary insights.

He is currently a Professor of Neurology with the University of Central Florida and recently retired Chief of Neurology at Orlando VA Medical Center after a 14 year VA neurology career. He has been the founding director of comprehensive and primary stroke centers in 5 tertiary medical centers to date in the USA and South Africa and has current licenses in Florida and Kentucky and previously in Canada, Germany and South Africa.


He is also a cognitive neurology consultant at the Roskamp Neuroscience Institute in Sarasota, Florida where he focuses on frontotemporal disorders, traumatic brain illness and neuro-toxicological syndromes such as Gulf War Illness. He has written four books, Assembly of the Executive Mind, Brain Beat, Cognitive Conative and Behavioral Neurology and Clinical Mentation Evaluation.

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A history of neurological research 

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With over 35 years of experience in neurological research and practice, Dr. Hoffmann has been at the forefront of cutting-edge discoveries along with his fellow colleagues. Widely recognized for his work around the world in South Africa, Germany, Canada, and the U.S., he brings together the lessons learned through every technological breakthrough, neurological study, and medical success to provide the most effective and highest quality treatment to his patients.  

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A physician who leads by example

One of Dr. Hoffmann's greatest passions is connecting overall brain health with physical exercise and its multitude of benefits, in addition to his "5 Brain Fitness Rules". A strong believer in leading by example, he implements a variety of physical activity, including regular kayaking, swimming, biking, and marathon racing into his overall health regimen to keep his brain and body healthy. 

From completing the IRONMAN triathlon 70.3 in 2010, to being appointed to the U.S. Marathon Kayak team in 2003 and many full  and ultra marathons in between, Dr. Hoffmann practices what he preaches, in connecting his physical health with his neurological health and persuade his patients.

Teaching Awards

Award: Excellence in Teaching Award

(Neurology Clerkship Educator)

Department of Neurology / Internal Medicine

University of Central Florida | Orlando, Florida | October 16, 2019

Award: Physician Clinician Faculty Award

Department of Neurology 

University of South Florida | Tampa, Florida | June 9, 2006

Award: Outstanding Residency Mentorship Award

Department of Neurology 

University of South Florida | Tampa, Florida | June 9, 2006

Award: Physician Clinical Teacher Faculty Award

Department of Neurology 

University of South Florida | Tampa, Florida | June 16, 2005

Award: Physician Clinical Teacher Faculty Award

Department of Neurology 

University of South Florida | Tampa, Florida | June 13, 2003

Award: Teaching Award Psychiatry Resident Teaching

Department of Psychiatry, Special Recognition Award

University of Kentucky | Lexington, Kentucky | June 2002

Scholarship: American Academy of Neurology Resident

American Academy of Neurology 52nd Annual Meeting

San Diego, California | April 2000

First Prize: Best Registrar - Resident Paper

South African Neurology Congress

Johannesburg, South Africa | November 1988

Judges: Professor JP Mohr (Columbia, New York) and Professor O. Appenzeller (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

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