Ross Zafonte, DO: Resources for Treating Veterans and Service Members with TBI and PTSD


Treating service members and veterans with TBI and PTSD often includes complex and unique interventions and treatments. Based on their evidence-based guidelines and experiences working with thousands of people in their two-week immersive program, Home Base also focuses intentionally and systematically on assessing what the population needs once they leave the program and return to their communities. The more Home Base can help connect their participants with clusters of experts in their areas, the more long-term healing will occur.

Dr. Ross Zafonte is the Chief of Traumatic Brain Injury for Home Base, part of the Wounded Warrior Project's Warrior Care Network.

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Treating veterans is somewhat unique and you know, we at Home Base have developed a number of educational programs, many of which are focused in on assuring that we can out-port to thousands and thousands of participants the unique aspects of evidence-treatment for PTSD and traumatic brain injury for the community. But behavioral health and brain injury resources are hard to get, so we need to use all of our community to enhance those. And we need to really focus in on clusters of expertise for those who really have high grade needs and how we can help them, because the more you do, the better you get at it. BrainLine is powered in part by Wounded Warrior Project to honor and empower post-9/11 injured service members, veterans, and their families.

Posted on BrainLine October 6, 2021. Reviewed October 6, 2021.

About the author: Ross D. Zafonte, DO

Dr. Ross Zafonte is the Clinical and Research Leader for Traumatic Brain Injury at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. He is the Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, vice president of Medical Affairs at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MGH.

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