Herbert E. Ward, MD
University of Florida
Dr. Herbert Ward received a Masters in neuropharmacology before attending medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed a combined residency training program in internal medicine and psychiatry from West Virginia University, which lead to board certification in both specialties. His training in a med/psych clinical environment serves as a background for his current appointment as the Chief of Consultation Service for the Department of Psychiatry. Areas of special interest include diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in the primary care setting.
Dr. Ward’s primary interest is in anxiety disorders and secondarily in mood disorders. He sees patients with treatment resistant/refractory anxiety disorders and serves as a tertiary referral source for this group of patients. Trained as an internist and psychiatrist, Dr. Ward routinely treats psychiatric illness in medically complicated/compromised patients.
Dr. Ward’s research interests come out of a background in pharmacology and specialty training in anxiety disorders. He is interested in the neurobiology of anxiety and the development of new treatment strategies, including combination therapies for optimal synaptic benefit and reduction of adverse effects. Additionally, he is interested in improving recognition of anxiety disorders in primary care and testing a parallel model for delivery of medical and psychiatric services.
Dr. Ward has served as the Medical Director for the department, Medical Director for the VA PTSD program, Director of Psychiatric Specialty Clinics, Co-director of the UF Weight Management Program, and Interim Director for our general adult clinic. In addition, he has chaired four faculty search committees, the Anxiety Disorders Program Development Committee, and the Weight Management Program Development Committee.
Kelly D. Foote, MD
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Florida
Co-Director, Movement Disorders Clinic
Dr. Foote is one of the few (if not the only) neurosurgeons in the world to do a movement disorders neurology fellowship (Emory) as well as a movement disorders neurosurgery fellowship (Grenoble, France). He is a materials science engineer and a stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon. His research explores the application of computers and advanced technology to the solution of neurosurgical problems, and his work in the fields of stereotactic radiosurgery and deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been extensively published.
Dr. Foote’s current research focus is on novel applications of DBS technology and optimization of global DBS outcomes. His NIH-sponsored research includes projects applying and optimizing DBS therapy for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, severe tremor secondary to multiple sclerosis or head trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome. He is also participating in industry-sponsored studies investigating the application of DBS to treat medically refractory depression and refractory Parkinsonian gait disorders, as well as investigational trials of novel DBS hardware.
Kelly Foote was born in Salt Lake City on May 17, 1966. He attended the University of Utah College of Engineering, from which he graduated cum laude in 1991. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Medicine in 1995. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Florida in 2001, after which he obtained fellowship training in movement disorders surgery and neurology at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France and at Emory University, two of the world’s leading centers in this field.
Dr. Foote joined the University of Florida neurosurgery faculty in July 2002, where he has performed over 500 deep brain stimulator implantations. He completed the Advanced Postgraduate Program in Clinical Investigation as part of an NIH Career Development Award, and perhaps most notably, he and his neurologist partner, Dr. Michael Okun, founded and co-direct the world renowned University of Florida Movement Disorders Center (UFMDC) . Dr. Foote has received many honors and awards, including Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons' Resident Award, and the Chuck Shank Award (for excellence in neurosurgery). He has been recognized among the “Best Doctors in America,” and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.
Nikki Ricciuti, RN, CCRC, LMHC
University of Florida
Ms. Ricciuti has served as a research coordinator in Psychiatry at the University of Florida since September 1996. She is an alumna of Radcliffe College and Newcomb College of Tulane University where she received her B. S. in Mathematics, cum laude. She earned an M. A. T, and M.S. in Mathematics and an Ed. S. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida and earned her nursing degree at Santa Fe Community College. She has 17 years experience in a community mental health setting working with the both the chronically mentally ill population and in an acute setting.
At the Department of Psychiatry she has coordinated both inpatient and outpatient clinical research. She is a member of the American Association of Clinical Research Professionals. She holds licenses as a registered nurse and as a mental health counselor.