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Latha Ganti Stead, MD

Latha Ganti Stead, MD, MS, MBA, FACEP, is the Toral Family Foundation Endowed Professor of Traumatic Brain Injury, and a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurological Surgery, and Chief of Clinical Research, at the University of Florida College of Medicine, in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Stead’s endeavors focus on  patient centered outcomes research with a special interest in prediction models, biochemical markers, diagnostic yield of imaging modalities, acute pharmacologic interventions and patterns of ED use by specific populations. She is the principal investigator for the Emergency Department Prospective TBI registry which captures neuroimaging, neurocognitive and visuomotor patient data during the acute phases of injury. She is also the co-principal investigator for the Banyan Biomarkers TBI clinical trials at the University of Florida (UF). Her passion to seamlessly integrate research with outstanding patient care, education and advocacy led to the creation of the Center for Brain Injury Research and Education, for which she is the Director. The Center is a multidisciplinary collaborative that brings together a wide variety of individuals interested in advancing the care of TBI victims by addressing all facets of the art and science of medicine.Dr. Stead has a track record of leadership. She was the first Professor of Emergency Medicine in the history of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, is a Fulbright Scholar, and has won  numerous prestigious awards from organizations such as the American Medical Association, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Stead is also a gifted teacher, as evidenced by her many teaching awards. She is the author of the First Aid Clerkship books, which are the number one best sellers amongst medical students. Dr. Stead is a published scholar with over 300 scientific abstracts and manuscripts, and 22 books, and is the founding Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. She serves as a Scientific Review Officer for the Military’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, and is active in organized medicine.