About the TBI Model System

Our Spaulding-Harvard TBI Model System (SH-TBIMS) is one of 16 centers in the nation that have been selected by the National Institute on Disability, Independing Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to receive federal funding as a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS) for the 2012-2017 funding cycle. The SH-TBIMS is comprised of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), our two Level 1 trauma centers, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) and Spaulding Hospital Cambridge (SHC), our two inpatient rehabilitation sites. 

As a TBI Model System, Spaulding is a national leader in TBI research and care. Spaulding has worked hard to improve care for patients with severe acquired brain injury, including the development of the Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) program, which tailors care to each patient's individual needs. To learn more about our Model System's System of Care, please click the "System of Care" link above.

As a Model System, the SH-TBIMS team works to continuously be on the cutting-edge of TBI research. Please click on the "Research" link above to learn more about the research happening at the Spaulding-Harvard TBI Model System.

Click here to see a list of centers that have been awarded the TBIMS grant.

 

Our Research Team Members

 

Joseph Giacino, Ph.D.

Program Director/Principal Investigator, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Joseph T. Giacino is the Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Consulting Neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Giacino's clinical and research activities are centered on the development and application of novel assessment and treatment methods for individuals with severe acquired brain injury (ABI) and disorders of consciousness (DOC). He served as co-chair of the Aspen Workgroup, responsible for developing the diagnostic criteria for the minimally conscious state (MCS) and was co-lead author of the Mohonk Report, a Congressionally-sponsored initiative to establish recommendations for lifelong care of patients with DOC. He currently chairs the VS/MCS Guideline Development Panel of the American Academy of Neurology which is responsible for revising existing guidelines for management of patients with DOC. 

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Ross Zafonte, D.O.

Medical Director/Co-Investigator, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

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 as well as Vice President Medical Affairs Research and Education at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He has published extensively on traumatic brain injuries, concussion, and other neurological disorders, as well as presented on these topics at conferences nationally and internationally. Dr Zafonte’s research has been funded the National Institute of Health and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research as well as the Department of Defense. 

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Therese O'Neil-Pirozzi, Sci.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Project Director/Co-Investigator, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Therese O’Neil-Pirozzi is the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program Director at Northeastern University and, in this capacity, oversees the coordination of the academic and clinical aspects of the program. Consistent with this role, Dr. O'Neil-Pirozzi is highly interested in the integration of Speech Language Pathology theory and clinical practice with cognitive-communication and swallowing impaired individuals across the lifespan. Her teaching is clinically based, thereby empowering students to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to children and adults with whom they are working. Dr. O’Neil-Pirozzi’s research focuses are clinically motivated, for example: whether individuals with traumatic brain injury can improve their memory function; whether certain swallowing tests used with tracheostomized individuals reliably and validly measure what they are thought to measure; and whether parents, with and without literacy challenges of their own, can learn to facilitate their children’s literacy and/or social pragmatic development. 

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Emily Stern, M.D.

Site-Specific Project Principal Investigator, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Emily Stern, M.D. directs the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL) with Dr. David Silbersweig at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Stern attended Amherst College and obtained her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. After completing her internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Diagnostic Radiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital, she pursued advanced training in functional neuroimaging at the MRC Cyclotron Unit at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, U.K. She then returned to the U.S. to found the FNL with Dr. Silbersweig at Cornell in 1994. In 2008, Drs. Stern, Silbersweig, and the FNL moved to Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

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Hong Pan, Ph.D.

Site-Specific Project Co-Investigator, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Hong Pan, Ph.D., serves as the Image Analysis Scientist at Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Hong obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China, and was majored in Biomedical Engineering, including one and a half year curriculum of biology and medicine at then Shanghai Medical University and its affiliated hospitals. His electrical and biomedical engineering research work involved topics ranging from digital instrumentation of microcomputer-controlled I.C.U. monitoring system to nonparametric spectral analysis methods with applications in digital signal detection, de-noising, and EEG signal analysis.

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Neuropsychology Fellow, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Yelena Bodien is a Neuropsychology Fellow at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She completed her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where her research focused on using multimodal brain imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation to probe the underlying neurobiology of schizophrenia. At Spaulding, her clinical duties involve the application of standardized and novel measures to the assessment and rehabilitation of patients with disorders of consciousness. Dr. Bodien's research activities include investigating the diagnostic and prognostic validity as well as augmentative communication utility of neuroimaging paradigms in patients with diagnosed with disorders of consciousness. 

MBMichael Bergin, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Michael Bergin completed postdoctoral research at Harvard University and graduate work at the University of Queensland in Australia where his research investigated the influence of pain on human movement. At Spaulding, Dr. Bergin’s research focuses on the development of an evidence-based platform to advance the identification and validation of clinical assessment tools for traumatic brain injury. In addition, he is responsible for the coordination and management of laboratory personnel.

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Jamie Kaminski, BS

Research Assistant

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Research Assistant

 

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Research Assistant

 

 

 

Laura Burns MBA 
 

Research Coordinator

 

Research Collaborators                                                                                                                       d

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Michael J.G. Bergin, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

 

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Andrea Christoforou, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

 

 

Clinical Team Collaborators

 

 

Timothy Young, MD

Physiatrist

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

 

Seth Herman, MD

Physiatrist

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Sandra Suduikis, MD

Physiatrist

Spaulding Hospital Cambridge

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Nicole Mazwi, MD

Physiatrist

Massachusetts General Hospital

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Ron Hirschberg, MD

Physiatrist

Massachusetts General Hospital

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Jason Frankel, MD

Physiatrist

Brigham and Women's Hospital

 

A few members of the brain injury team at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge!

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