Earle P and Ida S Charlton Professor and Chairman of the Department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School
Vice President of Medical Affairs, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
In Brief: Dr. Zafonte comes to Spaulding and Harvard Medical School after a distinguished career at the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and as Vice President of Clinical Rehabilitation Services for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In addition to his leadership roles at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Zafonte maintained a clinical practice in which he cared for patients with a wide variety of disabilities, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, compressive neuropathies, spasticity, and post concussive musculoskeletal conditions.
Dr. Zafonte has broad experience in research as the principal investigator in a number of studies involving rehabilitation for traumatic brain injuries, an area in which he has a special interest. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation. Dr. Zafonte is the author of numerous publications about traumatic brain injuries and other rehabilitation topics.
Dr. Zafonte completed his residency in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where he served as chief resident.
Dr. Zafonte has served as an editor of several successful textbooks on rehabilitation, and has given more than 100 national and international presentations on topics in the field of rehabilitation. He is a journal reviewer for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, of which he serves on the editorial board.
Spaulding and the people there gave me the courage, strength, and desire to get my life back. Now I can function and play with my girls and enjoy my husband. Thank you for giving me my life back.
—A Patient with Newfound Courage