As a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Spaulding clinicians use the most advanced treatments and technologies to help patients reach their highest potential. Our clinical teams are led by rehabilitation physicians and are supported by physician specialists and on-site diagnostic and treatment services. Many of our physicians are involved in clinical research to help discover ways to further improve patient outcomes.
Patients and their families are the most important members of our rehabilitative teams. Our clinicians will keep you informed and involved every step of the way, to ensure that we are working together to achieve your specific goals.
Mary Beth DiFilippo, BSN, MSN, DNP
Vice President of Hospital Operations
Ms. DiFilippo has served in many position throughout the Partners HealthCare System, most recently as Vice President of Operations, and Executive Director of the Transitional Care Unit at Spaulding North Shore.
Ms. DiFilippo received her BSN from St. Anselm’s College followed by her MSN from Salem State College and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree from Regis College. She has held various positions and worked in different health care settings over the span of her career including staff nurse in acute care, nurse educator in long term care, and most recently before joining the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network as an Associate Chief Nurse at the North Shore Medical Center. She also demonstrates her commitment to the Nursing Profession a while serving as an Instructor at several Nursing Education Programs in the area.
Jason Frankel, MD
President of Professional Staff
Dr. Jason Frankel joined the Spaulding medical staff in 2007. His initial focus was to establish a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation consultative service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he assists with the initial stages of treatment for patients with new-onset disability, and planning for their rehabilitation needs. He remains a key link between medical services at BWH and Spaulding.
Dr. Frankel’s outpatient practice is at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, where he cares for adults with childhood-onset disabilities. He also assists clinically and administratively with the care of patients in Spaulding’s inpatient rehabilitation programs, and is the co-chair of the Health Information Management committee. He further participates in trainee education, the Continuing Medical Education Planning Committee, and in outpatient clinic access redesign projects.
As his career at Spaulding has progressed, so has Dr. Frankel’s passion for maintaining safe, highly reliable care for its patients. This has led him to the role of President of the Medical Staff Association. He serves as chair of the Medical Executive Committee and a chief liaison between Spaulding’s physicians and hospital leadership.
Dr. Frankel earned both his BA in Sociology and MD from The University of Chicago, and completed his internship in General Internal Medicine at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL. His PM&R residency was at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident. He completed his initial PM&R Board Certification in 2006. More recently, he completed the Brigham Leadership Program, a joint venture between BWH and Harvard Business School to provide administrative training to hospital staff. Despite travelling extensively for education and training, Dr. Frankel was born and raised in Massachusetts, and feels deep connection and commitment to its people.
Cara Brickley, MS, DPT
Director of Physical Therapy
Program Director, Comprehensive Rehab Program
Cara Brickley is the Director of Physical Therapy and the Program Director for the Comprehensive Rehab Program. She received a MS degree in Physical Therapy from Simmons College and later, DPT from Simmons College. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.