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Sam Ghaffari, DO


Certified Medical Director – December 2018

Brain Injury Medicine Subspecialty Board Certified – September 2018

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia July 2005 – June 2008.

Internal Medicine Internship, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio June 2004 – June 2005

Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH 2000 - 2004 Doctor of Osteopathy

Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 1994 - 1999
B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Anthropology
Areas of Concentration: Biological Anthropology, Cultural Models of Medical Practice, and Pre-Medicine


Regional Medical Director US Physiatry
February 2011 - Present.
Regional Medical Director of the Atlanta area for business development and providing consultation services for post-acute care facilities. Involved in physician education, supervision, retention and recruitment.

Medical Director, Kindred Home Health
Lawrenceville, GA. June 2010 - Present.
Perform chart reviews for Medicare compliance, develop improved healthcare processes, educational lectures for nursing and therapy staff and coordination of rehab services.

Medical Director, DeKalb Medical Inpatient Rehabilitation Center
Decatur, GA. July 2012 - December 2017.
Medical Director of a 30 bed acute inpatient rehab facility. Integral team leader in the acute inpatient rehabilitation of patients after suffering significant disabilities coordinating patient care involving consultants, nursing, neuropsychiatry, dietary, physical, occupational and speech therapist. Reviewed patient referrals, utilized rehab for
prescreens, compliance with CMS guidelines for admission criteria and individualized plan of care.

Eastside NeuroRehab, PC
Snellville, GA. August 2008 – Present.
Outpatient facility that emphasis on function and rehabilitation for all disabling conditions. Perform diagnostic peripheral nerve injections, chemoneurolysis, interventional spinal pain procedures, intrathecal baclofen pump management, intrathecal pain pump management, chemodenervation and electrodiagnostic procedures.

Volunteer clinical faculty, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus
Snellville, GA. August 2008 – Present.
Medical student clinical clerkship in all aspects of rehabilitation medicine and geriatric care.

Adjunct faculty, Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA. November 2018 – Present.
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Participating in resident education and community outreach.

Medical Director, New London Health Center
Snellville. GA. April 2013 - July 2015
Medical Director of a 130 bed Medicare certified skilled nursing facility. Oversee medical direction of the facility working closely with MDS, nursing and therapy department. Working with facility leaders for quality improvement projects.

Allergan Botox® Leaders Edge Speaker
September 2008 - 2016.
Promotional speaker on behalf of Allergan promoting and educating medical professionals on the indications and therapeutic uses for Botox® chemodenervation. Involved in advisory panels. Education of national sales staff at their smei-annual meetings. Coordination of educational materials with Medical Science Liasons (MSL)

Avanir Speaker Buerau
March 2011 - March 2012.
Promotional speaker on behalf of Avanir in promoting Neudexta for the management of Pseudo Bulbar Affect.

Medical Director, Emory Eastside Medical Center Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit,
Snellville, GA. August 2008 – August 2010.
20 bed acute inpatient rehab facility. Integral team leader in the acute inpatient rehabilitation of patients after suffering significant disabilities coordinating patient care involving nursing, neuropsychiatry, dietary, physical, occupational and speech therapies. Team leader of 60 Medicare audits with 100% overturn rate.

Concentra Inc
Atlanta, GA. July 2006 - September 2008.
Occupational Medicine Physician diagnosing and treating acute and chronic adult musculoskeletal ailments in an urgent care center setting.

Grady Memorial Hospital Sickle Cell Center,
Atlanta, GA. July 2006 - June 2008.
Sickle Cell urgent care center physician treating acute pain crises and acute medical conditions.

F.A. Davis Company,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 2006 – July 2008.
Book reviewer: USMLE Step III study guide, CPT coding Guide Book, Clinical Medicine Pocket Guide.

St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center,
Toledo, Ohio, June 2004 – July 2005
Rotation services consisted of: ICU, Pulmonology, IM, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Cardiology, CVICU and weekly Internal Medicine ambulatory clinic. Satisfactorily performed 52 Central Lines, 15 Intra-articular Steroid Injections, 12 Endotracheal Intubations, 11 Arterial Lines, 4 Paracentesis and 3 Lumbar Punctures.

St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center Ethics Committee,
Toledo, Ohio, February 2003 – June 2004
Attended 13th Annual Bio-ethics Network of Ohio Conference May 2003

Project Coordinator,
NIH Funded, IFMSA Sponsored Peace Test Project, Austin, Texas, 2002 – 2004
Presented poster board and power point of the NIH funded Peace Test Project at IFMSA March Meeting 2002 in Kaoponik, Yugoslavia, IFMSA August Meeting 2002 in Taipei, Taiwan, and IFMSA August meeting 2003 in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands.

Gross Anatomy Tutor,
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, OH, 2001 – 2002

Traditional Chinese Medicine Clerkship,
Beijing University Medical Center, Beijing, China, July 2001
Observed and performed Acupuncture and Herbal Pharmacology for 4 weeks.

Lakewood Hospital, Lakewood, OH, 1999 - 2000
Performed as inpatient and trauma phlebotomist.

Phlebotomist and History Taker,
Cleveland Free Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 3/1998 – 5/1999
As history taker my responsibilities were to inquire about chief complaint, history of present illness, duration, quality of symptoms, past medical history and recorded patient's vitals. The free clinic provided the opportunity to learn phlebotomy skills and fulfill the prerequisites required to take the licensure examination.


DeKalb Medical Center - North Decatur, Downtown Decatur and Hillandale
Emory Eastside Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center - Lawrenceville, Duluth and Joan Glancey Rehab
New London Health Care Center (now known as Cambridge Post-Acute Center)
Select Hospital Midtown
Rockdale Health Care Center
Manor Care Decatur
Life Care of Gwinnett


Role of non-selective Beta-blockers affecting quality of life in phase II cardiac rehab patients. Mentor Laurence Sperling, MD, Department of Cardiology, Emory University Hospital.

AAPMR Annual Conference Poster Presenter, Honolulu, Hawaii, November 2006 Encephalitis Lethargica and use of Dopaminergic Stimulants in Acute Rehabilitations: A Case Report.


  • Bernard Master DO Scholarship, Ohio College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2002 - 2003
  • Golden Key National Honors Society, Cleveland State University, 1997 - 1999
  • Academic Excellence Award Scholar Athlete, Cleveland State University, 1994 - 1999
  • Captain for Cleveland State University Division I Varsity Wrestling Team, 1998
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, Cleveland State University, 1998 - 1999


English – native language.
Farsi – speak fluently with high proficiency.
Spanish– speak, read, and write with basic competence.


Emory School of Medicine – Adjunct Faculty
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - fellow member
American Board of Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine
Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association
Medical Association of Atlanta


American Board of Physician Medicine & Rehabilitation - June 2009
American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Subspecialty in Brain Injury Medicine – September 2018
American Board of Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine Certified Medical Director – December 2018
State of Georgia: 056446
DEA: BG9568621

Meet Dr. Ghaffari

Dr. Sam Ghaffari
Sam Ghaffari, DO, FAAPMR
President, Eastside Sport & NeuroRehab Specialists

Medical Director, Dekalb Medical Inpatient Rehab Center

Regional Medical Director, US Physiatry

Volunteer Clinical Faculty, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Attending Physiatrist, Emory Eastside Medical Center

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