Ariana Vora, MD




781 431 9144   
Physiatrist, Spaulding Outpatient Center Wellesley 
Staff Physiatrist, The Spine Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital 

Research and Clinical Interests: Quality of life in elders  Cultural construction of disability  Consciously-regulated breathing 

Wesleyan University, Middletown CT, class of 1995 
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, class of 2001 
Harvard Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Boston, MA  

In Brief: Ariana Vora, MD, is a staff physiatrist in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Spaulding Rehabiliation Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.  Her areas of specialization include integrative medicine, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, active aging, and spasticity management.    Dr. Vora received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine with Distinction in Research and was the recipient of Mount Sinai's prestigious Humanism in Medicine Award.  She completed her post-graduate training in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Vora has additional training in acupuncture, Ayurveda (including yoga) and prolotherapy.    She is an active member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Academy of Pain Management, and the International Society for Ayurveda and Health.  Her research interests include quality-of-life assessment, rehabilitation of elders, the cultural construction of disability and motivation for change.  Dr. Vora is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Original Articles: 
1.  Vora, A.  Ayurveda: The Ancient Science of Quality of Life.  Pain Practitioner, Winter 2005.Graham W, Vora A, Nesathurai S.  Making Sense of Facial Palsy: Mythology vs.Science.  [Submitted, Feb 2005]. 
2.  Bean J, Vora A, Frontera W. Benefits of Exercise for Community-Dwelling Older Adults.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2004; 85 (7 Suppl 3): S31-42. 
3.  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;10:343-349. 
4.  Vora A. An Anatomy Memorial Tribute: Fostering a Humanistic Practice of Medicine. J Palliat Med 1998;1(2):117-122. 
5.  Vora A, Diamantis P, Tokar EL (Eds). Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Philosophies of Integrative Medicine. Washington DC: Amer Med Stud Assn, 1998. 
6.  Vora A, Richman S.  Identification of Patients with Occupational Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Mt Sinai J Med (Abstract only), 1998;65(1):65. 
7.  L Vovan, A Vora (Eds). Wellness Resource Guide for Medical Students.  Washington DC: Amer Med Stud Assn, 1997.    

Poster Presentations: 
1.  Graham W, Vora A, Nesathurai S.  Upper Motor Neuron vs. Lower Motor Neuron Facial Palsy: Does the Science Support the Clinical Explanation? (2005); Annual Meeting, Association of Academic Physiatrists, Tucson, AZ. 
2.  Vora A, Goldstein R.  Defining Quality of Life: The Role of the Existential Domain in a Multicultural Community of Elders (2004); Clinical Research Day, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. 
3.  Aguilera E, Vora A.  Neoplastic Transformation of Pressure Ulcers in Veterans with Spinal Cord Injuries (2004); Annual Meeting, American Paraplegia Society, Las Vegas, NV. 
4.  Vora A, Meier D.  Measuring Quality of Life in the Ambulatory Elderly (2000); American Geriatrics Society Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA. 
5.  Vora A, Richman S.  Occupational Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis of the Knee (1998); National Institutes of Health/AMSA Mid-Atlantic Convention, Washington, D.C.   

Oral Presentations: 
1.  From Socrates to the Vedas:  The Interpretation of Disability in India, Europe and the American Frontier (2005); Annual Meeting, Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA. 
2.  Modern Pain Management Using the Philosophy and Practice of the Indian Medical System (2005); Annual Meeting, American Academy of Pain Management, San Diego, CA. 
3.  From Platos Republic to the Americans with Disabilities Act:  Cultural Construction of Disability in Europe and the United States (2005); Medical Grand Rounds, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA. 
4.  In Their Own Voices: A Content Analysis of Community-Dwelling Elders Narratives on Quality of Life (2004); Physicians Monthly Meeting, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA. 
5.  Using Palliative Care as a Model for Measuring Quality of Life in the Ambulatory Elderly:  A Multidimensional Approach (2000); Annual Meeting, American Academy for Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Atlanta, GA.

Thank you very much for the care you have given to me. I have come a long way on a long road to recovery. Thank you.

Richard S.

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