Kenneth M. Heilman received his M.D. from the University of Virginia in 1963, was a Medicine PGY 1&2 at Cornell-Bellevue Hospital (1963-65), and an Air Force Captain and Chief of Medicine at NATO Hospital, Izmir, Turkey (1965-1967). He took a Neurology residency and fellowship at the Harvard Neurological Unit of Boston City (1967-1970), mentored by Drs. Denny-Brown and Geschwind. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida (1970) as an Assistant Professor, promoted to Associate Professor in 1973 and Professor in 1975. He is now the James E Rooks, Jr Distinguished Professor. Between 1996 and 2009 he was Chief of the Neurology Service at the Gainesville VA. He is listed in multiple editions of the Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Doctors and Who’s Who. As Director of the Behavioral Neurology-Dementia Post-Doctoral program which has trained more than 70 post-doctoral fellows, the majority of who hold academic positions and several of whom are now leaders in academic neurology, neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience.
Heilman’s research has been supported by the VAMC and/or NIH for more than 40 years. He is the author or co-author or editor or co-editor of 14 books and more than 500 peer reviewed publications. He and his coworkers have described several new diseases/disorders and their treatment (e.g., orthostatic tremor), and helped to better understand many neurobehavioral disorders (e.g., emotional communication, sensory-motor neglect, anosognosia, and apraxia).
Dr. Heilman has received many honors: membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, Sigma Xi and the Dana Foundation, Clinical Research and the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the University of Florida, a past President and Distinguished Career Awards from both the International Neuropsychology Society (INS) and the Society for Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology. He is an Honorary Member of the American Neurological Association, a Fellow in the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and presented the Wartenberg Keynote Lecture Award at the AAN.
Most recently, Dr. Heilman is the author of The Believer's Brain
Home of the Religious and Spiritual Mind
About 90% of people have faith in a supreme being, but our yearning for the divine, and whatever it promises, involves a large divergence in mental states and behaviors. Some adhere to doctrine, supplication, and fastidious religious practices; others have a strong sense they are part of something...
Published January 22nd 2014 by Psychology Press
In Creativity and the Brain, Kenneth Heilman explores the possible brain mechanisms which underlie creativity, by reviewing the existing evidence and putting forward new ideas. On the way, he discusses the relationships between creativity and intelligence, brain anatomy, neuropharmacology,...
To Be Published December 18th 2014 by Psychology Press
The Neuropsychology of Action
Series: Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with a perspective on apraxia that considers a link between the pathology of apraxia and normal motor skill. In addition, it is the intention of the authors to provide information that is theoretically interesting as well as clinically applicable....
Published May 15th 1997 by Psychology Press