Katharina M. Busl, MD, MS, Professor and division chief of Neurocritical care in the Department of Neurology, James E. Rooks, Jr. Professor, and Associate Chair for Clinical Operations in the Department of Neurology. Her main professional quest is to be patients’ and families’ resource, support, and advocate in the neurointensive care unit.
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 at Harvard Medical School/Neurology Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she also served as chief resident. She subsequently stayed at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital for her fellowship in neurological critical care. After five years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago as assistant professor of neurology and attending in neurocritical care, she joined University of Florida in 2016. 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 fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the Neurocritical Care Society, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Busl’s research interests center around care innovations and quality of care in neurocritical care. Specific interests include treatment of headache in the NeuroICU, neuroprognostication and medical complications of neurocritical disease. She is the lead PI for BLOCK-SAH, an NIH-funded, multicenter trial to investigate pterygopalatine fossa nerve blocks for post-subarachnoid hemorrhage headaches. Dr. Busl is also the co-chair of the American Academy of Neurology Ethics, Laws and Humanities Committee, serves as Associate Editor for Critical Care Medicine, and is an Editorial Board Member for Neurocritical Care.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Busl loves Florida for its sun and the many beautiful days that allow to be outside. She is an avid runner and swimmer and also loves yoga and tennis. She and her husband have three children who are all attending or graduates of the Baby Gator program at UF.