Michael Pizzi, DO

Michael A Pizzi, DO, PhD

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Biography

Michael Pizzi, DO, PhD is a board-certified neurologist and neurointensivist. He received his medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school Dr. Pizzi was selected for a clinical and research externship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where his work on using nanoparticles to facilitate axonal regeneration won the Sarah Baskin award for best research project. Dr. Pizzi completed his internship in internal medicine and neurology residency at the University of Florida-Jacksonville, where he served as chief administrative resident. Dr. Pizzi completed his neurocritical care fellowship at Mayo Clinic Florida, where he received the critical care echocardiography fellow of the year award.

Prior to medical school, Dr. Pizzi earned his MS (Florida State University) and PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin) in neuroscience. Dr. Pizzi’s dissertation research project utilized a novel mechanism by which cancer cells spread in order to facilitate axonal regeneration after traumatic spinal cord injury.

Dr. Pizzi serves on various departmental committees (Co-Chair, Faculty Search Committee, member of Clinical Competency Committee), College of Medicine committee (Therapeutic Temperature Management Committee), and University committee (Chair, Osmotherapy Task Force). He also serves outside the University of Florida as a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine Scientific Review committee, and member of the editorial board of Critical Care Explorations. He is the co-founder and course director of the Mayo Clinic Neuroscience Convergence meeting, and course director for the Mayo Clinic Neurocritical Care Review Course.

Outside the hospital and lab, he enjoys spending time with his family, scuba diving, and kayaking.

Education

Fellowship- Neurocritical Care
Mayo Clinic
2017

Residency - Neurology
University of Florida - Jacksonville
2015

Internship - Internal Medicine
University of Florida - Jacksonville
2012

DO
Midwestern University
2011

PhD Neuroscience
Medical College of Wisconsin
2006

MS Neuroscience
Florida State University
2001

BS Biology
Northern Illinois University
1994

Board Certification

  • Neurocritical Care - United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties
  • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Honors and Awards

In Vivo Measurements of Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability in a Mouse Model of Traumatic Brain Injury
UF BRAIN Center Neural Injury Award
2022

Member
University of Florida
2021

Course Director
University of Florida
2021

Chair
University of Florida
2021

Training in 2-photon Microscopy of Mouse Cerebrovasculature
University of Florida Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Grant
2021

Co-Chair Faculty Search Committee
Department of Neurology - University of Florida
2021

Conducted experiments to Stabilize the blood-brain barrier after acute ischemic stroke
University of Florida
2020

Member
Department of Neurology - University of Florida
2020

Faculty Golden Apple Award
Department of Neurology at UF-Jacksonville
2018

Critical Care Echocardiography Fellow of the Year
Mayo Clinic
2017

Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Northwestern University
2008

Student Travel Award
National Neurotrauma Society
2004