Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Residency Program Receives Top Rankings

BOSTON, MA - In addition to marking the milestone of graduating its 20th residency and fellow Class in 2015, the Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital garnered more national recognition by achieving a #3 residency ranking in the 2015/16 Doximity Residency Navigator. The program was also ranked as the #1 residency program in research output for physical medicine and rehabilitation.

“The dynamic growth of our department in a relatively short time to be on par with the best in the country is a true testament to the quality of our faculty, students and alumni,” said Dr. Ross Zafonte, the Chair of the Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Senior Vice President of Research, Education and Medical Affairs for Spaulding. “We are honored by this recognition and look to enhance the department’s standing even more with novel research and excellence in care.”

“These recognitions do not happen without the dedication of every member of our department doing their part each day to advance the quality of life for the communities we serve,” said Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Residency and Fellowship Program Director, Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Medical Director for the Spaulding Spinal Cord Injury Program. “We take an enormous amount of pride in the vibrant culture of research for our program and continue to look to bring the best talent in our students and faculty to contribute even more.”

Doximity’s residency reputation listings reflect more than 95,000 peer nominations from board certified physicians. The honor indicates which residency programs physicians hold in the highest regard for quality of clinical training. Medical students can access Doximity Residency Navigator to search for and discover programs best-suited to their personal interests and career goals. Doximity’s comprehensive database of physician CVs was used to determine which programs produce the most published alumni.

Based at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation officially launched in 1993. Its Residency and Fellowship Program have rapidly grown with over 140 alumni nationwide and over 80 faculty members. The Department has a rich research portfolio with dozens of active studies in areas such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, sports medicine, joint pain, cerebral palsy among others. The Department through Spaulding became just the second institution nationwide to hold the Model Systems designation from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in three specialty areas simultaneously- Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury Rehabilitation.

About the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Founded in 1971, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston is one of the largest rehabilitation facilities in the United States, and is ranked the 6th top rehabilitation hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report. As the official teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Spaulding is at the forefront of research in advances in rehabilitative care. In April 2013, Spaulding opened a new 132-bed facility in Charlestown which is a national model for environmental and inclusive design. With a wide range of inpatient programs and 23 outpatient centers throughout Eastern Massachusetts, Spaulding strives to continually update and improve its programs to offer patients the latest, high-quality care through its leading, expert providers. Spaulding has been awarded a Model Systems designation in three specialty areas- Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury Rehabilitation- by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. For more information, please visit www.spauldingrehab.org.

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