Richard D. Zorowitz, M.D. is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY, and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, IL. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, and Brain Injury Medicine.
Dr. Zorowitz focuses his clinical activities on the rehabilitation of stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other neurological conditions. He specializes in the management of spasticity, including oral medications, botulinum toxin injections, and intrathecal baclofen. His research activities focus on stroke rehabilitation, including motor recovery, hemiplegic shoulder pain, dysphagia, spasticity, pseudobulbar affect, and functional outcomes.
Dr. Zorowitz is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, in which he served as chairman of the Clinical Practice Guidelines committee (2012-2015). He is a member of the board of directors of the National Stroke Association. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, and Stroke.
Dr. Zorowitz has received numerous awards including: Visionary in Practice Society, National Stroke
Association (2001); Central Nervous System Council Outstanding Service Award, American Academy
of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2011); Golden Goniometer Award, The Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2012); America’s
Top Physicians, Consumer’s Research Council of America (2015); and Outstanding Contributions in the
Training and Education of the Resident Staff, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network/Georgetown
University Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (2016).
Dr. Zorowitz has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written chapters about stroke rehabilitation internationally. He is a co-editor of the textbook, Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation (2015). He participated on consensus panels of The Joint Commission (TJC) Primary Stroke Centers and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Stroke Subspecialty Program. He has contributed to a number of clinical practice guidelines, including the Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Adult Stroke Rehabilitation Care (2005); and the American Stroke Association Writing Groups for Recommendations for the Establishment of Stroke Systems of Care (2005), Metrics of Comprehensive Stroke Centers (2005), Comprehensive Overview of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Care of the Stroke Patient (2010), Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers: Detailed Follow-up to Brain Attack Coalition Comprehensive Stroke Center Recommendations (2011), Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Stroke (2014), and Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery (2016).