Dr. Irene Davis, 'The Barefoot Running Professor' Joins the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Harvard Medical School

Mar 16, 2011, 12:00 ET from Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

Coming to Boston to establish Spaulding National Running Center Later this Spring

BOSTON, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Irene Davis, one the foremost experts on the biomechanics of running, has joined the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network as the Director of the Spaulding National Running Center, and also will hold a faculty position in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School. A renowned researcher and clinician, Dr. Davis is known in running communities as "The Barefoot Running Professor" for her advocacy and innovative work for barefoot and minimal footwear running.

"The high quality of Dr. Davis's clinical and research expertise speaks for itself. Having someone of her regard join our department further strengthens our goal of being a leader in the care and research into the biology of recovery and the prevention of injuries. Her expertise will not only serve to enrich the spectrum of care we can offer but will be a great resource to the dynamic running community that exists in our region," said Dr. Ross Zafonte, VP of Medical Affairs, Education and Research for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Davis previously served as a Professor in Physical Therapy and Director of the Running Research Lab at the University of Delaware, where she was recently honored with a Professor Emeritus appointment.  Over the past 20 years, Dr. Davis has established relationships between faulty mechanics and overuse injuries such as tibial stress fractures and patellofemoral disorders.  This has led to the development of innovative interventions such as gait retraining, aimed at altering faulty running mechanics.

The Spaulding National Running Center, being established by Dr. Davis, will be based at the Spaulding Hospital Cambridge campus.  Comprised of a running injury clinic and running research lab, it will focus on the treatment and prevention of running-related, musculoskeletal injuries. For more information visit www.spauldingrehab.org or call 617-573-2700.

About the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

A member of Partners HealthCare, The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital its main campus, a 196-bed facility, located in Boston, as well as Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, two long term care facilities Spaulding Hospital Cambridge and Spaulding Hospital North Shore and two skilled nursing facilities, as well as twenty three outpatient sites throughout the Greater Boston area. Spaulding is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School as well as the official rehabilitation hospital of the New England Patriots. Spaulding is the only rehabilitation hospital in New England continually ranked since 1995 by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Hospitals survey with a #4 ranking in 2010. For more information, please visit www.spauldingrehab.org.    

SOURCE Spaulding Rehabilitation Network