2017 Physician of the Year

September 10, 2017

Ross Zafonte, DO, who is the Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School (HMS), is the first DO to be a chair in any department at the 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 Network.


Dr. Zafonte is a pioneer in the field of traumatic brain injury (TBI). He has published extensively on this topic as the author of more than 300 peer review journal articles, abstracts and book chapters. In fact, he co-edited the premier textbook on TBI, Brain Injury Medicine: Practice and Principles. He has presented countless lectures at prestigious conferences, both nationally and internationally. His work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation and Department of Defense. He is currently directing several large clinical treatment trials. Dr. Zafonte also served on the Board of Governors for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Colleague Steven Makovitch, DO, sums it up: "Dr. Zafonte embodies the essence of the ideal osteopathic physician in academia. He is deeply invested in providing outstanding holistic clinical care to patients and unyielding mentorship to faculty and trainees. In addition, his innovative thinking, research, and teaching are pushing the field of medicine to new heights."


The AOF is honored to award the 2017 Physician of the Year Award to Ross Zafonte, DO. Learn more when you attend Honors 2017.

Ross Zafonte, DO