Ross Zafonte

Ross Zafonte

Biography

Ross Zafonte, DO. is Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as Vice President Medical Affairs Research and Education at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. He is Board certified in PMR and Brain Injury Medicine. Dr. Zafonte’s textbook is considered one of the standards in the field of brain injury care. Dr. Zafonte’s work is presently funded by the NIH, DOD, NIDILRR, and The Football Players Health Study at Harvard. He is currently directing several large clinical treatment trials and has traveled to Afghanistan to work with the military. He is the author of more than 300 peer review journal articles, abstracts and book chapters and has overseen institutional and clinical finances in a variety of settings for nearly twenty years. In addition, he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurotrauma. He has previously served on the founding editorial board of PMR. In 2006, Dr Zafonte was selected to receive the Walter Zeiter award and lectureship by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and, in 2008, he was the recipient of the Association of Academic Physiatrists Distinguished Academician Award. In 2012, Dr. Zafonte received the William Caveness award for outstanding clinical care and research from the Brain Injury Association of America, and, in May 2013, he received the Joel DeLisa Prize from the Kessler Foundation. In 2014 Dr Zafonte received the Robert L Moody Prize in Brain Injury from the University of Texas, Galveston and recently he was named a Fellow of the American Congress Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation., Dr Zafonte was the AOF 2017 Physician of the year. Dr Zafonte has recently received the Sam O. Their award at Partners health care and the Edward Lowman award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. He also serves on the National Quality Forum – Neurology section and is a member of the Mackey White Health and Safety committee of the National Football League Players Association