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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services

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The Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network are dedicated to advancing the field of rehabilitation and to providing superior patient care.  Whether working in clinical settings and/or research laboratories, our physicians are committed to improving the lives of persons confronted with loss of function due to illness, injury or surgery.

Physiatrists – physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) – diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment for diseases and injuries of the bones, muscles and nervous system.   They specialize in treating stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury; musculoskeletal conditions, such as spine problems and myofascial pain; complex medical conditions, including heart and lung disease, cancer; sports and work injuries; and pain due to trauma, illness, or surgery. Spaulding Network physiatrists are also experts in geriatric and pediatric rehabilitation.

Spaulding Network’s physiatrists collaborate with other health care professionals to direct your treatment, resulting in a rehabilitation program tailored for your needs.  Their focus is on helping each patient reach the highest possible level of function, independence and quality of life.

Our physiatrists also offer a wide range of outpatient assessments and treatments, from comprehensive diagnostic evaluations to find the cause of your pain, injury, or disability, to specialized treatments.  Services include electrodiagnostic testing, consultation, disability evaluations, spasticity management, medical acupuncture, osteopathic medicine, and interventional pain management, including spinal nerve blocks, trigger point injections, joint injections, radiofrequency treatments, prolotherapy, and platelet rich plasma treatment. 

Leadership and Expertise

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston is at the forefront of innovative research and treatment techniques for a variety of conditions, including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, neuromuscular disease, musculoskeletal injuries, and burn injuries. Our researchers are currently working on over 100 active studies to better the lives of the patients they treat daily. 

As a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, Spaulding Boston is training the next generation of rehabilitation providers. Spaulding Boston is home to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program and the Fellowship Programs in Pain Management, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurorehabilitation, Sports Medicine, and a joint program with the Veterans Administration.

As a complement to our principal PM&R programs, Spaulding Boston also educates medical students and trains postresidency fellows in disciplines such as stroke, pain management, neurorehabilitation, and pediatric rehabilitation.

As members of Partners HealthCare, Spaulding Network physiatrists work closely with their affiliates at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston has been the only hospital in New England to be continuously ranked by the U.S. News and World Report in its Best Hospitals Survey since 1995. In 2017/18, Spaulding Boston was ranked #4.

All Spaulding Rehabilitation Network hospitals have on-site leadership in PM&R, and several Spaulding outpatient centers offer physiatry services.  

Ross Zafonte, DO, is the Vice President of Research, Education, and Medical Affairs, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Chair of the Department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School.



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