Douglas K. Anderson, Ph.D.

1Professor, Eminent Scholar and Chair Emeritus



1972 Ph.D. (Physiology) Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
1972-1973 Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Council Research Associate,
US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Applied Physiology Branch,
Brooks Air Force Base, Texas

Research Focus:

Dr. Anderson’s research has dealt primarily with the pathophysiology and treatment of injuries to the central nervous system (CNS) particularly the spinal cord.  He was one of the primary developers of the use of methylprednisolone for the treatment of acute spinl cord injury, currently the only accepted treatment for any injury to the CNS.  He has authored over 90 papers and chapters dealing with trauma to and repair of the CNS and is a Section Editor of the Journal of Neurotrauma.  He has been associated with the National Neurotrauma Society since it was founded in 1983 and has served as its Vice President and President.

Professional Experience at the University of Florida:

1993 – 2006 — C.M. and K.E. Overstreet Eminent Scholar and Professor Departments of Neuroscience and Neurological Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine and Research Career Scientist, VA Medical Center, Gainesville, Florida

1996- 2006 —  Chairman, Department of Neuroscience, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida

1999 – 2003 — Director of Research and Development, Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

1999 – 2006 — Senior Research Career Scientist, VA Medical Center, Gainesville, Florida

2002 – 2003 — Deputy Director, Medical Research Service, Department of Veteran Affairs, Washington, DC

2003 – 2005 — Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Research, Malcom Randall VA Medical Center

2004 — Interim Executive Director, Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida