Dr. Richard Zorowitz, MD

Dr. Richard Zorowitz, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 59
Dr. Richard Zorowitz, MD is a physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist in Washington, DC and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from Tulane University School Of Medicine in 1985 and specializes in physical medicine & rehabilitation and spinal cord injury medicine.Read his story

102 Irving St NW

Washington, DC 20010

Contact Information

(202) 877-1621

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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Post-Concussion Syndrome
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Cerebral Palsy
more than 80% of peers
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
more than 68% of peers

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Dr. Zorowitz's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Zorowitz "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, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Stroke Subspecialty Program, and the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitation Workgroup. 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), Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery (2016), and an update of Stroke Systems of Care (2018)."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Zorowitz "As a physiatrist who deals with people who have long-term neurological conditions, I am obligated to provide complementary care to your primary care physician."

2  Specialties

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

2  Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*
  • Spinal Injury Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

30  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ataxia
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Heel Spur
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Spastic Gait
  • Spastic Paraparesis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stiff-Man Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigger Finger

9  Procedures

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  • Northwestern U
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1981
  • Tulane University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • Li Jewish Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Northwestern Center Feinberg School of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Rehab Institute Chicago
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989

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Awards & Honors
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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