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Latha Stead, MD

Latha Stead, MDSpecial Interests

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Transient Ischemic Attack
  • Acute Stroke


Dr. Stead is the Toral Family Foundation Endowed Professor of Traumatic Brain Injury, and a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurological Surgery, and Chief of Clinical Research (EM) at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.

Following medical school, she completed residency training in Emergency Medicine and a fellowship in Vascular Neurology. In addition to her Doctor Medicine degree, she has a Masters in Clinical and Translational Science from the Mayo Graduate School, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management.

Dr. Stead’s research focuses on exploring translational science that can have immediate impact on patient care. Her research program brings together a core group of faculty and research trainees from the McKnight Brain Institute, the Aging Institute, and the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Trauma Surgery who continuously analyze the basic processes that directly impact delivery of care in the Emergency Department (ED) as a way to improve patient outcomes. Current areas of investigation focus on Acute Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Dr. Stead’s endeavors focus on outcomes research with a special interest in prediction models, biochemical markers, diagnostic yield of imaging modalities, acute pharmacologic interventions and patterns of ED use by specific populations. She currently is the co-principal investigator for the Banyan Biomarkers clinical trials in mild, moderate, and severe TBI at the University of Florida (UF), and the principal investigator for the Emergency Department TBI registry. Her passion to seamlessly integrate research with outstanding patient care, education and advocacy led to the creation of the Center for Brain Injury Research and Education, for which she is the Director. The Center is a multidisciplinary collaborative that brings together a wide variety of individuals interested in advancing the care of TBI victims by addressing all facets of the art and science of medicine.

Dr. Stead has a track record of leadership. She was the first Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, a charter member of the Mayo Clinic CTSA, and the inaugural Chair for the Division of Emergency Medicine Research, which she founded. Under her leadership, the Division’s academic productivity soared as evidenced by having some of the largest number of scientific presentations at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) in recent years. Dr. Stead also served as the Emergency Medicine Research fellowship program director, the largest such fellowship in the country. She went on to Chair the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester, where she implemented several thoughtful initiatives which together decreased ED length of stay, promoted interdepartmental collaboration, and netted several?million dollars in revenue.

Dr. Stead is a gifted teacher, as evidenced by her many teaching awards. She is the author of the First Aid Clerkship books, which are the number one best sellers amongst medical students. Dr. Stead is a published scholar with over 270 scientific abstracts and manuscripts, and 22 books. Indeed, one of the talks she frequently gives at national and international meetings is entitled: “Get Published Now!” She is a sought after speaker, and has lectured as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School, and in various parts of the world, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Spain, France, India, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Stead is the founding Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. The journal has enjoyed tremendous success, having tripled its readership and achieved medline indexing within its first 18 months of launch. Dr. Stead serves on several committees for ACEP, SAEM, and the American Medical Association. She serves as a Scientific Review Officer for the Military’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, as well as scientific abstract reviewer for SAEM.

Dr. Stead has won numerous awards, including the EMRA Academic Excellence award, the ACEP National Faculty Teaching award, the Outstanding Peer Reviewer award from Academic Emergency Medicine, the first EMRA Mentorship Award and was also celebrated as one of the “Heroes in Emergency Medicine” by the American College of Emergency Physicians in honor of the organization’s 40th anniversary. She won the 2010 American Medical Association Young Physician Section Award for Community Service, for her work on stroke research, education, and outreach- a program she titled BEST for “Better Early Stroke Treatment.” Most recently, Dr. Stead was selected as a 2012-13 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar for her project entitled “Strategy & Innovation in Clinical Research for the Global Health Era.”