Sports Medicine Team : Gillian A. Hotz, PhD

Gillian A. Hotz, PhD

Director, KiDZ Neuroscience Center,
Director, WalkSafe, BikeSafe, Concussion Programs
Department of Neurosurgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

Gillian A. Hotz, PhD, research professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is a nationally recognized behavioral neuroscientist and expert in pediatric and adult neurotrauma, concussion management, and neurorehabilitation. She has extensive experience in neurocognitive testing and is licensed and certified to perform ImPACT, a computerized neurocognitive screening to assess mental status following a concussion.

Dr. Hotz has been co-director of the Miller School of Medicine’s Concussion Program since 1995, and continues to assess and treat many athletes from Miami-Dade County public and private high schools, University of Miami, and from other colleges and the community.

As a graduate of Boston University with a masters of science degree in Speech Language Pathology, and earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at Boston University School of Medicine, she has been working at the Miller School of Medicine since 1992. Initially developing an Intermediate Head Injury Service, then co-directing the Pediatric Brain & SCI Program and now spending a lot of her time developing, implementing and evaluating a Countywide Concussion Care Program. She also conducts federally funded clinical research studies for traumatic brain injury in children and co-authored the Pediatric Test of Brain Injury.

Dr. Hotz has published many articles and lectures on injury prevention for WalkSafe a pedestrian injury prevention program for elementary school age children, BikeSafe a bicycle safety program for middle school age children and Concussion management program for high school and college athletes. She is a member of many professional and honorary organizations and committees at the local, state and national levels.