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Michael S. Jaffee


University of Florida
Vice chair, Department of Neurology

Michael S. Jaffee, MD, is the Vice-Chair of Neurology at the University of Florida, where he joined the faculty in 2016. Prior to his current position, he was an associate professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, where he served as the inaugural clinical director of the Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute and director of the neurology sleep service. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1992 and completed a combined residency in neurology and psychiatry at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in San Antonio in 1998. He later went on to complete a sleep medicine fellowship there in 2011.

Dr. Jaffee is board certified in neurology, psychiatry, sleep medicine and brain injury medicine. He has additional certifications in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry, as well as neural repair and rehabilitation.

His 21-year Air Force career included wartime service as the chief of the medical staff for the largest U.S. military hospital in Iraq and service as the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General neurology consultant. He served as the U.S. Department of Defense liaison to two White House-appointed panels of the Defense Health Board, and as the national director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, where he managed a network of 18 sites leading to the publication of over 100 peer-reviewed articles and paved the way for research in the deployed combat area. Dr. Jaffee helped develop seminal clinical practice guidelines and tools for the management of traumatic brain injury. He has represented the Department of Defense with congressional testimony. He has served as a consultant to the Institute of Medicine, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Labor.

Dr. Jaffee retired from the Air Force in 2013 at the rank of colonel. Now at UF, he continues to serve as a national and federal subject matter expert and serves as chair of the Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program as part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. He also is the senior neurologist serving on the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation national Brain Injury Medicine board examination committee.

Dr. Jaffee has dedicated a significant part of his career to developing innovative educational and research collaborations between the Department of Defense, federal agencies, academic institutions and other stakeholders, including the National Football League and the Alzheimer’s Association.

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