Program Leader, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) & Neurotrauma
Ross D. Zafonte, DO is the Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, Vice President Medical Affairs Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and chief of Physical medicine and rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has published extensively on traumatic brain injuries (TBI), other neurological disorders, as well as presented on these topics at conferences nationally and internationally. Dr Zafonte’s textbook is considered one of the standards in the field of Brain Injury care.
Having served as principal investigator on numerous NIDRR TBI Model Systems and NIH Clinical Trials Center grants, Dr. Zafonte is currently the PI on an eight-center NIH multisite clinical trial for the treatment of TBI -- the largest clinical treatment trial in the history of North America. Dr Zafonte has helped to direct a tremendous growth in both the rehabilitation research and clinical arenas at Spaulding and the MGH. Specific areas of success include the awarding of a Department of Defense TBI/ PTSD center grant, numerous NIH and NIDRR funded projects, enhanced relationships with the Veterans Administration, the development of a gait laboratory focused on novel prosthetic design for those with amputation, and a neuroprosthetic program making “science fiction” come alive.