Randie M. Black-Schaffer, MD, MA

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Associate Chief, Clinical Affairs, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Director of Stroke Program, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School


Clinical and Research Interests: Rehabilitation of young adult stroke patients; Spasticity management 

Education:  MD Degree: Indiana University School of Medicine, 1978

Residency:  New England Medical Center, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1988
Board Certification:  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1989

Research & Publications:
Cortes M, Black-Schaffer RM, Edwards DJ. Transcranial magnetic stimulation as an investigative tool for motor dysfunction and recovery in stroke: an overview for neurorehabilitation clinicians. Neuromodulation. 2012 Jul;15(4):316-25. Epub 2012 May 24.

Black-Schaffer RM. Finis origine pendet: commentary on "Postacute care and ischemic stroke mortality: findings from an integrated health care system in northern California". PM R. 2011 Aug;3(8):695-6.

Haley SM, Gandek B, Siebens H, Black-Schaffer RM, Sinclair SJ, Tao W, Coster WJ, Ni P, Jette AM. Computerized adaptive testing for follow-up after discharge from inpatient rehabilitation: II. Participation outcomes. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Feb;89(2):275-83.

Ng YS, Stein J, Ning M, Black-Schaffer RM. Comparison of clinical characteristics and functional outcomes of ischemic stroke in different vascular territories. Stroke. 2007 Aug;38(8):2309-14. Epub 2007 Jul 5.

Haley SM, Siebens H, Coster WJ, Tao W, Black-Schaffer RM, Gandek B, Sinclair SJ, Ni P. Computerized adaptive testing for follow-up after discharge from inpatient rehabilitation: I. Activity outcomes. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Aug;87(8):1033-42.

Beninato M, Gill-Body KM, Salles S, Stark PC, Black-Schaffer RM, Stein J. Determination of the minimal clinically important difference in the FIM instrument in patients with stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Jan;87(1):32-9.

Ng YS, Stein J, Salles SS, Black-Schaffer RM. Clinical characteristics and rehabilitation outcomes of patients with posterior cerebral artery stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 Nov;86(11):2138-43.

Andres PL, Black-Schaffer RM, Ni P, Haley SM. Computer adaptive testing: a strategy for monitoring stroke rehabilitation across settings. Top Stroke Rehabil. 2004 Spring;11(2):33-9.

Black-Schaffer RM, Winston C. Age and functional outcome after stroke. Top Stroke Rehabil. 2004 Spring;11(2):23-32.

Black-Schaffer RM. Communication among levels of care for stroke patients. Top Stroke Rehabil. 2002 Autumn;9(3):26-38.

Shah MK, Black-Schaffer RM. Treatment of upper limb deep vein thrombosis with low molecular weight heparin. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2003 May;82(5):415-7.

Shah MK, Black-Schaffer RM. Upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis and paralysis: a case report. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2003 Mar;84(3):458-9.

Dzialo AF, Black-Schaffer RM. Cerebral venous thrombosis in young adults: 2 Case reports. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001 May;82(5):683-8.

I want to thank you for the care and therapy you have given to me. I have come a long way since I first came to Spaulding. I know I will miss my nurses and therapists. I look  leaving Spaulding as a step closer to Graduation Day - the day I can go home. Again, thanks for all your help.

Kathy K.

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