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Spaulding Stroke Research and Recovery Institute

The Institute develops innovative stroke recovery programs, including an annual rehabilitation assessment, an
intensive aphasiaalternate text program, wellness activities for stroke survivors, and pathways for the clinical use of cutting edge rehabilitation treatments. It provides information resources to patients and clinicians to help with the post-acute management of stroke related symptoms.

Patient Programs

Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program
The Stroke Institute in conjunction with the MGH Institute for Health Professions and the SRH Speech-Language Pathology Department sponsors an Intensive, Comprehensive Aphasia Program (ICAP) each year in the fall.

This program incorporates 4 hours of individual and dyad language treatment with an additional 3 hours of life participation activities that will offer further practice of individualized objectives for communication improvement.  Participation activities will include physical activity, artistic expression and wellness components designed to facilitate carryover of goals.

Click here to register and select "Series Classes tab".

Wellness Program
Paving the Path to Wellness (TM) is presented by Dr. Beth Frates, physician and wellness coach.  Beth is the daughter of a stroke survivor, co- author of a stroke prevention book, a lifestyle medicine specialist, a mother, a care-giver, and a wellness seeker.  

Dr. Frates’ 12-step plan is built on a growth mindset, healthy eating, lifestyle exercise, sleep, and the power of personal connections.  Participants will take each step together, discuss personal strategies and share solutions for positive change.

The program is conducted over a twelve week period.  Space is limited.  You can join the program at any time if space permits.  

Click here to register and select "Series Classes tab".

Adaptive Sports for Stroke Survivors
The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is committed to promoting participation in leisure sport for individuals of all abilities.  Our renowned Adaptive Sports Program continually offers a variety of year-round physical activities.  Post stroke recovery is enhanced by increased physical and social participation, two of the main goals of our Adaptive Sports Program. Learn more about about the Spaulding Adaptive Sports Center and view the current schedule here.

Annual Re-Evaluation
In order to help stroke survivor maintain and optimize their mobility, dexterity, communication skills and cognitive abilities, the Stroke Institute invites all stroke survivors to participate in an Annual Rehabilitation Re-evaluation.  This will include outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, nursing and rehabilitation physician evaluations.  This team will then formulate integrated recommendations to help the survivor maximize well being.  These recommendations will be communicated to the survivor and his or her primary care physician.  At this visit information about function and status will be gathered and then followed year after year to monitor the survivor’s function over time.

Support Groups Meetings
The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network holds support groups and stroke club in Boston and Cape Cod.  View a complete list of our stroke support groups here.

Aquatic Therapy for Stroke Survivors
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network offers Aquatic Therapy at both its Charlestown and Cape Code locations.  Stroke survivors often benefit from weightlessness created by the water during an aqua-therapy exercise.  Group sessions are customized to the needs of the participants.  Individual sessions are available as well.  Learn more and view schedule of community classes here.

Outpatient Therapy for Stroke Survivors
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network offers Outpatient Therapy programs in a variety of locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts.  Stroke rehabilitation is provided at most of our outpatient sites.  Use our location finder to find an Outpatient Site near you.


Lynne C. Brady-Wagner, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and is the Director of the Stroke Program and the Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned a graduate certificate in Healthcare Ethics from Rush University Medical School and was a Disability Ethics Fellow at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. Lynne is a former member of ASHA’s Board of Ethics, was the Ethics Column editor for the Special Interest Group for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders Newsletter and serves on the Group’s Steering Committee as coordinator. She is an instructor and teaches Healthcare Ethics at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions. Lynne has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and has lectured nationally on the topic of ethics and disability. Lynne is also the ethics column editor for the journal, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation.

Jason Frankel, M.D.  is a staff physiatrist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, a physiatrist consultant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He graduated from University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. When he first joined Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, it was with one particular goal: to introduce Brigham and Women’s Hospital to the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He began service at BWH in May 2008, and have seen consults grow significantly, along with the staff’s understanding and appreciation for the services that a physiatrist offers. In his outpatient practice at Spaulding, he has found a unique role as someone who cares for adults with conditions classically regarded as pediatric: cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other childhood brain injuries.

Elizabeth P. Frates, MD is trained as a physiatrist as well as a health and wellness coach. Her expertise is lifestyle medicine, and she works to empower patients and groups of patients to reach their optimal level of wellness through adopting healthy habits such as regular physical activity, healthy diet, a resilient mindset, and stress management. As Director of Medical Student Education at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Frates is the faculty advisor for the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group at Harvard Medical School. She works with all ages from teenagers to the elderly. Dr. Frates is interested in teaching, research, and clinical services around wellness. Developing programs in lifestyle medicine and the field of wellness is her passion.

Seth D. Herman, a board certified physiatrist in brain injury medicine. He entered his undergraduate studies with the desire to pursue pre-medical education but became interested in studying the classics thus he majored in Classical Civilization along with Conservation Biology. He then spent time after his undergraduate studies studying and developing anti-angiogenic proteins for the treatment of cancer. This was followed by clinical research under the mentorship of Dr. Jonathan Bean, physiatrist specializing in investigating interventions to improve the function and reduce disability in mobility limited elders. He was able to complete published peer reviewed work in both these endeavors. He completed a post bachelor degree at Harvard University Extension School in the Health Careers Program. He then completed his medical training at Penn State College of Medicine followed by residency training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern Medical School. He decided to pursue further training through the Neuro-rehabilitation Fellowship at Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He was ultimately hired as an attending for the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit. He specializes in the care of both traumatic and acquired brain injury patients of all severity including managing neuro-behavioral/cognitive/somatic deficits, spasticity, pain, headache, and other areas such as concussion and post concussion symptoms. Most recently he was appointed Co Director of the Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship.

Ronald E. Hirschberg, M.D. is a physiatrist who works in acute inpatient care at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hirschberg specializes in trauma rehabilitation with emphasis on traumatic brain injury (TBI) spinal cord injury (SCI) and polytrauma. His experience and interests are in continuum of care for rehab and recovery, general neurorehabilitation in acute and post acute settings, in addition to the music-brain interface and neurologic music therapy (NMT). Current research interests include TBI - with projects in recovery and treatment with low-level-laser-therapy (LLLT), severe TBI prognosis and diagnosis with work in functional MRI, EEG including response to music stimuli - and early mobilization in the intensive care unit.

Yong-Tae Lee, M.D. is an attending physiatrist for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. He graduated from New York Medical College and went on to complete his internship at Westchester Medical Center and Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Lee stayed on at Spaulding to join the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is one of the physiatrists on the Stroke Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Lee is appointed at the Harvard Medical School as a Clinical Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and serves as Treasurer on Spaulding’s Medical Executive Committee. Currently Dr. Lee is also undertaking the facilitation of a network-wide replacement of Spaulding’s EHR from Meditech to EPIC.

Nicole L. Mazwi, M.D. graduated with honors from Texas A&M University and received her medical degree from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She completed her medical internship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore Internal Medicine Residency program. She became a New Englander after coming to Boston for a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School program where she was Chief Resident. Dr. Mazwi completed a fellowship in Neurologic Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital and joined the staff as an attending physician at both hospitals in 2012. Since 2014 she has served as Co-Director of the Harvard Medical School Brain Injury Rehabilitation Fellowship Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Susan S. Quinn, M.D. is a pediatric physiatric consultant to the Spaulding Pediatric Rehabilitaiton Program and the Children’s Hospital, Boston. She  received her MD from the University of Minnesota and is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School.




Sandra V. Suduikis, M.D. specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation in Cambridge area. She has a medical practice at out of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Cambridge MA, and has over 30 years of experience in the field of medicine. She graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin with her medical degree. She is affiliated with numerous hospitals, including Brigham and Women's Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Timothy P. Young, M.D. is a board certified physiatrist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital who graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Young has over 15 years of experience and works within the Spaulding’s Traumatic Brain Injury Model System.

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