Katharina Busl, MD, MS

Katharina Busl


Department of Neurology

Katharina M. Busl, MD, MS, is an Associate Professor and division chief of Neurocritical care in the Department of Neurology.  She is a James E. Rooks, Jr. Professor, and co-director of the NeuroICU at UF Health Shands.  Her main quest: is to put patients’ and families’ first and to serve as a resource, as support, and as an advocate when in the neurointensive care unit.

As fellowship-trained neurointensivist, Dr. Busl is board-certified in neurology and neurocritical care and holds a master’s degree in science from Rush University. She is a member of various professional societies including the American Academy of Neurology, the Neurocritical Care Society, the American Heart Association, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Busl received her medical degree with high honors from Technical University of Munich in Germany after which she moved to Boston to complete her neurology residency in the Harvard Neurology Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she also served as chief resident. She remained at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital for her fellowship in neurological critical care. She came to UF from Rush University Medical Center where she was an assistant professor of neurology and an attending physician in the neurocritical care unit for 5 years. Dr. Busl is both a researcher and a clinician.
Dr. Busl also serves as the Physician Director of Quality for the Department of Neurology

Clinical Interests

Subdural hematoma, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Traumatic brain injury, Status epilepticus, Central nervous system infections, Quality and safety of neuro-ICU care, Neuro-ICU organization and care delivery models

Research Interests

Medical complications of neurocritical disease, subdural hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, and infections of the brain. Quality improvement and safety in the neuroICU.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Busl is the program director for the neurocritical care fellowship at the University of Florida.  She is also interested education and training for physician extenders in the neuroICU.

Professional Affiliations

Neurocritical Care Society
American Academy of Neurology Society of Critical Care Medicine
American Heart Association

Medical Education

Technical University Munich – 2004


St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Boston, MA – 2006


Neurology Residency, Harvard Partner’s Boston, MA – 2009


Neurocritical Care, Harvard Partner’s Boston, MA – 2011

Awards and Recognitions

Service Award, Department of Neurology 2017
Teacher of the year, Rush University – 2013
Emerging Leaders Forum, American Academy of Neurology – 2016

Select Publications

Cutting S, Wettengel M, Conners JJ, Ouyang B, Busl K.Three-Month Outcomes Are Poor in Stroke Patients with Cancer Despite Acute Stroke Treatment. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2016 Nov 24. pii: S1052-3057(16)30423-2.

Pollandt S, Ouyang B, Bleck TP, Busl KMSeizures and Epileptiform Discharges in Patients With Acute Subdural Hematoma. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2017 Jan;34(1):55-60.

Sweis RT, Ouyang B, Lopez GA, Bleck TP, Busl KMFalcine and Tentorial Subdural Hematomas May Not Routinely Require Transfer to a Tertiary Care Center. J Emerg Med. 2015 Nov;49(5):679-85.

Busl KM, Bleck TP. Neurogenic Pulmonary Edema. Crit Care Med. 2015 Aug;43(8):1710-5.

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Contact Information


Department of Neurology
Box 100236
Gainesville, FL 32610

(352) 273-5550 (phone)
(352) 273-5575 (fax)