Joseph T. Giacino, PhD, Selected as the Recipient of the 2014 William Fields Caveness Award

Joe Giacino

The Brain Injury Association of America recently announced that Joseph T. Giacino, PhD, was selected as the recipient of the 2014 William Fields Caveness Award. Dr. Giacino serves as the Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology and Disorders of Consciousness Program at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and as an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. This award is presented to an individual who, through research on both a national and international level, has made outstanding contributions to bettering the lives of people who have sustained a brain injury.

“Dr. Giacino’s seminal work in the field of disorders of consciousness is some of most important findings we have for treating these patient populations. His tireless advocacy and uncompromising focus on improving the approaches to care has benefited countless patients and families connected to brain injury. This recognition is well deserved and all of us at Spaulding are proud to count him as our colleague,” said Dr. Ross Zafonte, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Research and Education at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School.

Giacino joined Spaulding and Harvard just over three years ago. In that short time he has further established himself as a leader in the field of rehabilitative medicine.  He serves as the Program Project Director for the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System which seeks to improve the research knowledge base of the disease while also improving care and community resources.  In his time at Spaulding he has been a prolific researcher including serving as the study leader on a major multi-national study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012 that revealed a significant breakthrough in the treatment of patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states. The study showed that the drug amantadine hydrochloride accelerated the pace of functional recovery during active treatment in patients with post-traumatic disorders of consciousness. 

Dr. Giacino was presented the 2014 William Fields Caveness Award at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine annual conference in Toronto on Friday October 10, 2014.


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