About Ariana Vora, MD

Dr. Vora has a longstanding interest in the philosophical and cultural dimensions of medicine.  Her undergratudat training at Wesleyan University was devoted heavily to social science research.  At the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she obtained funding to investigate the existential, social and functional domains in quality of life in a multiethnic community of ambulatory elders.  This work received two prestigious awards for excellence: The Humanism in Medicine award and the Distinction in Research Award.  During her postgraduate training at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residence program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and as a faculty member in the same department, she has studied the Indian (Ayurvedic) and Chinese medical systems in depth.  She has presented work related to quality of life assessment, cross-cultural medicine, and integrative medicine at numerous national and international conferences.

Her current clinical interests center around musculoskeletal and sports medicine, care of the recreational athlete and performer, and integrative medicine.  Her clinical practice includes prolotherapy, including musculoskeletal ultrasound-guided autologous platelet-rich plasma injections for musculoskeletal injuries.  She is leading a research study on this innovative technique thought to stimulate the body's innate healing response. 

Through interdisciplinary collaboration across multiple clinical teams, she works on the clinical and institutional level to develop wellness awareness using the comprehensive rehabilitation model.  She is also working to develop an international cross-cultural medicine initiative.

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Locations

Spaulding-Wellesley Outpatient Center
65 Walnut Street
Suite 260
Wellesley, MA 02481-2118
781-431-9144
Fax: 781-431-9152

Medical Education

  • MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Residency, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab
  • Sports Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab

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Research

Dr. Vora is the Principal Investigator of a research study in autologous platelet-rich plasma injections for musculoskeletal injuries.  She is also conducting ongoing research in quality of life assessment and Ayurveda.

Publications

  • 1.  Tokar EL, Vora A.  A Tibetan medical perspective on irritable bowel syndrome: building a means of discourse for integrative medicine. Alt Ther Health Med 1998;10:343-9.
    2.  Vora A.  An anatomy memorial tribute: fostering a humanistic practice of medicine.  J Palliat Med 1998;1:117-22.
    3. Vora A, Diamantis P, Tokar EL, Editors.  Between heaven and earth: Aguide to philosophies of integrative medicine.  Washington, DC:American Medical Students Association; 1998.
    4.  Bean J, Vora A, Frontera W.  Benefits of exercise for community-dwelling older adults.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2004;85:S31-42.
    5.  Vora A. Ayurveda: The ancient science of quality of life.  Pain Practitioner 2005;Spring.
    6.  Vora A. Kathawate RS.  Western and Ayuirvedic assessments of a patient with spastic hemiplegia.  Elements: the Journal of the International Society for Ayurveda and Health 2007;5:9-16.
    7.  Vora E, Vora A.  A contingency framework for listening to the dying.  International Journal of Listening 2008;22:59-72.
    8.  Vora A. Coccydynia.  In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD, Editors. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Second Edition. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2008.
    9.  Mahadevappa K, Vora A, Graham A, Nesathurai S.  Facial paralysis: a critical review of accepted explanation.  med Hypotheses 2010;74:508-9.
    10.  Vora A, Doerr K, Wolfer L.  Functional anatomy and pathophysiology of axial low back pain: disc, posterior elements, sacroiliac joint, and associated pain generators.  Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Amer 2010;21:679-709.