About Ross Zafonte, DO

Dr. Ross D. Zafonte is Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mass General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as Senior Vice President Medical Affairs Research and Education at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Dr. Zafonte’s textbook is considered one of the standards in the field of brain injury care. Dr. Zafonte’s work is presently funded by the NIH, DOD and NIDRR, and he is currently directing several large clinical treatment trials. His laboratory work has focused on understanding mechanisms of recovery after Brain and Spinal Cord Injury.

He has published extensively on traumatic brain injuries, spasticity, and other neurological disorders, as well as presented on these topics at conferences nationally and internationally. He is the author of more than 300 peer review journal articles, abstracts and book chapters.   

He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurotrauma, and NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. He previously served on the founding editorial board of PMR. In 2006, Dr. Zafonte was selected to receive the Walter Zeiter award and lectureship by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and, in 2008, he was the recipient of the Association of Academic Physiatrists Distinguished Academician Award. In 2012, Dr. Zafonte received the William Caveness award for outstanding clinical care and research from the Brain Injury Association of America, and, in 2013, he received the Joel DeLisa Prize from the Kessler Foundation. In 2014 Dr Zafonte will receive the Moody prize for Brain Injury research and care. 

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Locations

Massachusetts General Hospital
101 Merrimac Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-724-5202

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 First Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129-3109
617-952-5227
Fax: 617-952-5940

Medical Education

  • DO, Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Residency, Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center

American Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab
  • Brain Injury Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab

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