Michael Hoffmann obtained his medical degree (MBBch) at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and neurological subspecialty fellowship training in stroke from Columbia University in New York City. This was followed by two senior doctorates, one in cerebrovascular medicine (MD) and one in behavioral health (PhD). His main areas of research have concerned cognitive disorders after stroke and how to improve brain health and fitness based on scientific principles and evolutionary insights. He is currently a Professor of Neurology with the University of Central Florida and has recently served in a number of administrative leadership positions, such as Chief of Neurology Services and Director of the Stroke Center at the Orlando VA. He is also a cognitive neurology consultant at the Roskamp Neuroscience Institute in Sarasota, Florida where he focuses on frontotemporal disorders, traumatic brain illness and neuro- toxicological syndromes such as Gulf War Illness.  He has produced an impressive number of peer-reviewed publications (over 230) and authored four books, Assembly of the Executive Mind, Brain Beat, Cognitive Conative and Behavioral Neurology and Clinical Mentation Evaluation, a connectome approach.

He has received several physician initiated grant research support awards, adding value to the medical community through his efforts. Dr. Hoffmann joined the UCF College of Medicine in 2010 as a Professor of Neurology.


  1. A New Environmental Dependency Syndrome Occurring with Frontotemporal Lobe Degeneration: Hypervisual Illusory Spread Syndrome. Hoffmann M. Cureus September 20, 2021,13(9): e18119. DOI 10.7759/cureus.18119.
  2. Superlative Artistic Abilities in a Patient with Post-traumatic Brain Injury Kunadia A, Aughtman S, Hoffmann M, et al. (July 28, 2021). Cureus 13(7): e16697. DOI 10.7759/cureus.16697.
  3. Partial human Klüver-Bucy syndrome secondary to right frontal arterio-venous malformation (AVM) resection. Rossi F, Benes Lima L, Tsakadze N, Rossi EM, Hoffmann M. Neurological Disorders and Epilepsy Journal. 2020;3(1):127
  4. Global Outcome Assessment Life-Long after stroke in young adult’s initiative; The GOAL initiative: Study design and rationale of a multicenter retrospective individual patient data meta-analysis. Ekker MS, van Dongen MME, Jacob MA….Hoffmann M et al BMJ Open 2019;14;9(11):e031144. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031144.
  5. Sensitivity to the deficits associated with traumatic brain injury or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Hoffmann M, JAMA Neurology 2018;75:130-131. PMID 29181506.
  6. STROKOG (stroke and cognition consortium): An international consortium to examine the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of neurocognitive disorders in relation to cerebrovascular disease. Sachdev SS, Lo JW, Crawford JD…Hoffmann M…Kochan NA (66 authors) Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring 2016;7:11-23.
  7. The Multinational Survey on Epidemiology, Morbidity and Outcomes in Intracerebral Haemorrhage (MNEMONICH) Behrouz R, Azarpazhooh MR, Godoy DA, Hoffmann MW, Masotti L, Parry-Jones AR, Popa-Wagner A, Schreuder FH, Slevin MA, Smith CJ, Di Napoli M; MNEMONICH Steering Committee. Int J Stroke. 2015 Dec;10(8): E86. doi: 10.1111/ijs.12629.
  8. The panoply of field dependent behavior in 1436 stroke patients. The Mirror Neuron System uncoupled and the consequences of loss of personal autonomy. Hoffmann M Neurocase 2014;20(5):556-68. doi: 10.1080/13554794.2013.82668.
  9. The spectrum of aphasia subtypes and etiology in sub-acute stroke, Hoffmann M, Chen R Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease.
  10. Frontal Network Syndrome Testing: Clinical tests and PET brain imaging help distinguish the 3 most common dementia subtypes. Hoffmann M. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias 2013 doi:10.1177/

Education & Specialties

  • Phd, Behavioral Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
  • MD, Stroke (Senior Doctorate), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
  • Fellowship, Stroke/Cerebrovascular, Columbia University, NY, NY
  • FCP(SA), Neurology Boards, College of Medicine of South Africa
  • MBBch, Medicine, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Neurology
  • Stroke and Cerebrovascular Care
  • Behavioral Medicine

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