Faculty & Staff

Dr. Hauser is a Professor of Neurology, Molecular Pharmacology, and Physiology at the University Of South Florida Morsani College Of Medicine, in Tampa. He serves as Director of the Clinical Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience and as Director of the USF Health Byrd Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center.

Dr. Hauser earned a medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and completed neurology training at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk General Hospital. Dr. Hauser completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of South Florida and became Center Director in 1994.

Dr. Hauser has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He lectures frequently at scientific meetings around the world. He is Past Chairman of the Interventional Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology, has served on the executive committee of the Parkinson Study Group, and is a member of the steering committee for the NIH sponsored Neuroprotective Exploratory Trials in Parkinson's Disease program (NET-PD).

His primary research interest is in the development of new medical and surgical treatments for Parkinson's disease, tremor, dystonia, and restless legs syndrome. He provides injections of botulinum toxin for conditions such as cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, limb dystonia and spasticity.

Dr. Burke earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1996. She completed her Internship and Neurology Residency at the University of South Florida. In 2000, she began her two year fellowship in movement disorders under Dr. Hauser and began working with the Center in 2006. She is the Primary Investigator on the STEADY PD III clinical trial with the NIH and is sub-Investigator on the Center’s current clinical trials. She sees patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, and other Movement Disorders. 

Kelly graduated with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine.  She is excited to be a member of the team at the USF Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center.  She has been working with Dr. Hauser at USF since 2012 and is the sub-investigator for many of our clinical trials.  Kelly is currently seeing new and established patients at the clinic Monday through Friday and is working hard to get people involved in clinical research trials.

Leigh has worked in Neurology Clinical Research for the past nine years after graduating from the University of Tampa in 2008. She has held rater, coordinator, and administrative roles in Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Restless Leg Syndrome and Parkinson’s Disease in over 30 clinical trials. She joined the USF Health Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center in October 2014 as Clinical Research Administrator. She completed her Certified Clinical Research Coordinator certificate and USF’s  Clinical Research Administrator Basic Award in 2015 and Advanced in 2016. Leigh manages the Center and oversees the clinical research at the Center. She is a coordinator on eight of the ongoing trials, both in observational and investigational drug research.  She is an active speaker for the USF Center of Excellence at local support groups and at PD 101 educational series.  She is a USF team member of the Edmond J. Safra Wellness Initiative and a co-facilitator for the Tampa PD Self program.

Claudia has been working on clinical trials for eight years and thoroughly enjoys it. She has been involved with pediatric migraine trials, cervical dystonia trials, MSA trials, and Parkinson’s disease trials.  Claudia appreciates being on the forefront of newest treatment options available. She cherishes the patient interaction, and being involved with helping patients receive treatment that wouldn’t otherwise be available to them. Claudia’s appreciation for research support gives her the opportunity to learn something new every day. She enjoys challenging herself to continually out due previous efforts. Claudia has her bachelor’s degree in Public Health and plans on pursing her master’s degree.

Tara has worked with Dr. Robert Hauser and the Department of Neurology for 21 years. She began as a receptionist in 1996 at our Harbor Side location on Davis Island. Tara also coordinated fund raisers for Parkinson’s disease. She is now responsible for patient appointments, medical records, and prior authorizations for all patients at our location. She has a good relationship with patients and loves her job.

Jennifer Baker received her Master of Public Health, and Bachelor of Science from the University Of Florida. Ms. Baker joined the clinic in 2015. She joined the team with healthcare experience working for the Florida Department of Health on Community Health Improvement Plans. Ms. Baker will be attending Elon University in the spring of 2018 to obtain her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Currently, Ms. Baker provides her support in knowledge as Medical Assistant in our clinic and assists with the National Parkinson Foundation’s Outcomes Project.

Crista has been working in the medical field for 6+ years, providing compassionate care and support to patients. After graduating from Miami University of Oxford Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Crista moved from her home state to join our team here in Tampa in 2016. Along with providing administrative support to our faculty and staff members, Crista coordinates the Parkinson’s Disease Patient and Caregiver Informational Forums. She actively engages in the Parkinson’s community by providing outreach and notifying patients and their caregivers of upcoming Parkinson’s events. Crista is the Center’s coordinator for the National Parkinson’s Edmond J. Safra Wellness Initiative.

To make an appointment, please call Tara at 813-396-0761   

If you are interested in learning more about Clinical Research, please call Leigh at (813) 396-0768