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Leadership Team

  • Ross Zafonte, DO

    Ross Zafonte, DO, President of Spaulding Rehabilitation

    Dr. Ross D. Zafonte is Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as Senior Vice President Medical Affairs Research and Education at Spaulding Rehabilitation. In his role at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, he oversees the medical and research staff.  

    Dr. Zafonte has a distinguished career in field of traumatic brain injury, spasticity and other neurological disorders. He is the author of more than 300 peer review journal articles, abstracts and book chapters.

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  • Cheri Blauwet

    Cheri Blauwet, Chief Medical Officer

    Cheri Blauwet, MD serves as the SRH Chief Medical Officer. She is an Associate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and the Founding Director of the Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute. Dr. Blauwet is also a former Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralympic Games. She is also a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons. Dr. Blauwet is a pioneer and change agent in the area of disability and health equity, with a specific focus on sport and physical activity for health promotion and chronic disease prevention. She is deeply committed to ensuring that opportunities for achieving optimal health are equitable and universally accessible to all, inclusive of people with disabilities.

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  • Cara Brickley

    Cara Brickley, PT, DPT, Vice President of Operations, Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Services

    Cara Brickley, PT, DPT, is the Vice President of Operations and Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Services for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston. Dr. Brickley oversees the service delivery of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Therapeutic Recreation, Child Life, and Music Therapy to the adult and pediatric inpatient populations. She is also the co-chair of the Patient Safety Committee.

    Dr. Brickley has worked in a variety of roles at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston including staff Physical Therapist, Practice Leader, and Program Director. She received her Masters and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Simmons University.

  • Judi Cullinane

    Judi Cullinane, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LSSBH, CCRN-K, Chief Nursing Officer

    Dr. Judi Cullinane serves as the Chief Nursing Officer for Spaulding Rehabilitation, a world leader in advanced rehabilitation treatment and research that serves the greater Boston region and beyond. Spaulding Rehabilitation consists of three hospitals, a skilled nursing facility and twenty-six outpatient centers across eastern Massachusetts. She has oversight of all nursing and patient care supports, driving excellence in care that is patient-family centered and holistic through advocacy, clinical practice, research, and academics.

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  • Martha Rafferty

    Martha Rafferty, Associate Chief Nursing Officer

    Martha Rafferty, MSN, RN is the Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston. Martha oversees inpatient nursing at Spaulding and works collaboratively with leaders across Spaulding Rehabilitation. Martha earned her Master’s degree from Rivier University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing at Rivier University. Martha has had a wealth of leadership experience across the acute care setting and is eager to share this experience at Spaulding Boston.

  • Breanne Muchemore, LICSW, CCM

    Breanne Muchemore, LICSW, CCM, Director of Case Management

    Breanne Muchemore, LICSW, CCM is the Senior Director of Care Management at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Spaulding Hospital Cambridge. She oversees inpatient and outpatient case management and social work departments at Spaulding Boston and Cambridge. Breanne is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Certified Case Manager. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University and is a graduate of Boston College with her Master's in Social Work. She has worked for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital since 2013 and is the chair of the Customer Service Committee and Utilization Review Committee. In 2020, Breanne managed Case Management teams at Boston Hope, 500 bed field hospital for patients with COVID-19 and post-acute care needs. Breanne is a Board Member for American Case Management Association-Massachusetts Chapter.