Kelly D Foote, M.D.

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Dr. Foote is one of the few neurosurgeons in the world with fellowship training in both movement disorders neurology (Emory University) and movement disorders neurosurgery (Grenoble, France). He is a materials science engineer and a specialist in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. His research explores the application of computers and advanced technology to the solution of neurosurgical problems, and his work in the fields of stereotactic radiosurgery and deep brain stimulation (DBS) has produced over 126 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Foote’s current research focus is on novel applications of DBS technology, optimization of global DBS outcomes, and neurophysiological and micro-anatomical characterization of functional brain circuitry. His NIH-sponsored researchincludes projects applying and optimizing DBS therapy for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, severe tremor secondary to multiple sclerosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome. He is also participating in industry-sponsored studies investigating the application of DBS to treat medically refractory depression, early Alzheimer’s dementia, and refractory Parkinsonian gait disorders, as well as investigational trials of novel DBS hardware.

Kelly Foote was born in Salt Lake City on May 17, 1966. He attended the University of Utah College of Engineering, from which he graduated cum laude in 1991. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Medicine in 1995, where he was honored with the Florence M. Strong award in recognition of his outstanding qualities as a physician dedicated to patients. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Florida in 2001, including one year of dedicated training in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, after which he obtained fellowship training in deep brain stimulation at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble and in movement disorders neurology at Emory University in Atlanta, two of the world’s leading centers for such studies. Dr. Foote joined the University of Florida neurosurgery faculty in July 2002, where he has performed over 850 deep brain stimulator implantations. He completed the Advanced Postgraduate Program in Clinical Investigation as part of an NIH Career Development Award, and perhaps most notably, he and his neurologist partner, Dr. Michael Okun, founded and co-direct the world-renowned University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration (UF CMDNR) <>. Dr. Foote has received numerous honors and awards, including Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons' Resident Award, and the Chuck Shank Award (for excellence in neurosurgery). He has been recognized consistently among the “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Surgeons” and he has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.


Fellowship - Neurosurgery
Université Joseph Fourier

Residency - Neurosurgery
University of Florida

Fellowship - Neurology
Emory University

Internship - Surgery
University of Florida

Medical Degree
University of Utah

Board Certification

  • Neurological Surgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery

Honors and Awards

Faculty Mentor of the Year
University of Florida - Department of Neurosurgery

College of Medicine Exemplary Teacher Award
University of Florida

Customer Service Key Award
UF Health Shands Hospital

Best Clinical Research Paper – Neurosurgery Symposium
University of Florida

Charles “Chuck” Shank Award – Excellence in Neurosurgery
University of Florida

Annual Resident Award
Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Florence M. Strong Award
University of Utah