Louis A. Ritz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office Phone:  (352) 273-5533
Email:              lritz@ufl.edu
Website:  http://www.ufspiritualityandhealth.org/directorsadvisors/ritz.asp


1980 Ph.D. (Neuroscience) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
1980-1983 Postdoctoral Fellowship (Physiology) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Teaching Focus:

As a member of the cadre of medical educators, I am the course director for Medical Neuroscience. We continue to improve the course in creative and innovative ways, in particular bringing in new, clinically relevant material. Medical Neuroscience is considered to be the most integrative course in the basic science years of the curriculum, and it serves as a model for other 1st and 2nd year courses as we undergo a major revision of the medical curriculum. As Director of the University of Florida Center for Spirituality and Health, I have special interests in teaching the relationships between the brain, health and spirituality, and in infusing spirituality into the medical curriculum.

Current Responsibilities:

Director, Medical Neuroscience (1st year medical students), College of Medicine
Director, Functional Human Neuroanatomy (diverse group of graduate students), College of Medicine
Member, College of Medicine Curriculum Committee
Member, Evaluation Subcommittee (for the Curriculum Committee)
Member, College of Medicine Society of Teaching Scholars
Member, University of Florida Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Director, University of Florida Center for Spirituality and Health

Current Teaching:

Medical Neuroscience — lecturer and lab instructor
Functional Human Neuroanatomy — lecturer and lab instructor
Dental Neuroscience — lecturer and lab instructor
PA Neuroanatomy — lecturer
Death and Dying Workshop — for 3rd year medical students
Honors Spirituality and Health Course — for undergraduates
Honors Neurotheology course — for undergraduates

Other Responsibilities:

Dr. Ritz is also the Director of the Executive Committee for the campus-wide UF Center for Spirituality and Health, and co-directs a class in spirituality and health to Honors undergraduate students. In addition, he has had a longtime interest in the role of the nervous system in meditation and in mystical experiences, and is developing a course in neurotheology.

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