Clifton L. Gooch, MD

University of South Florida

Dr. Clifton Gooch is Professor and Chair of Neurology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and the Tampa General Hospital Endowed Chair in Neurology.  He is President of the Association of University Professors of Neurology, Treasurer for the American Neurological Association and on the Board of Trustees for the National ALS Association. He has served on the FDA Nervous System Drug Approval Committee and has provided expert testimony to congress on improving the drug approval process. Dr. Gooch has held numerous major leadership roles at USF, serving as the founder and Director of both the USF Neuroscience Collaborative and the USF ALS Center, and as a founder and early leader of the USF Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute.  Previously at Columbia University, he was Chief of Neuromuscular Physiology, Director of the Columbia Neuropathy Research Center and Director of the Columbia and New York Presbyterian Hospital EMG laboratories.  Dr. Gooch has a major interest in developing new and better therapies for neurological disease, with a focus on the neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disorders.  He has an additional interest in federal Healthcare and Research Policy and their impacts on research, drug development, and patient & physician health.  He is an active medical writer and has served on numerous editorial boards, including the editorial board for NEUROLOGY, the most widely read journal in the field. He has been an invited speaker and faculty for many academic organizations and institutions throughout the country and internationally.