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Sam Ghaffari, DO


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


DeKalb Medical Center Acute Inpatient Rehab Center, Decatur, Georgia.
July 2012 - Present.
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 nursing, neuropsychiatry, dietary, physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

Kindred Hospital Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia.
October 2012 - Present
Consulting physiatry for patients in a long-term acute care hospital. Meeting with rehab team weekly, and coordinating rehab services.

Eastside Sport & NeuroRehab Specialists, PC, Snellville, Georgia.
August 2008 – Present.
Solo physician in an 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.

US Physiatry
February 2011 - Present.
Regional Medical Director of the Atlanta area for physiatrists providing consultation services to sub-acute rehab facilities. Involved in physician education, physician supervision and recruitment of physicians.

Botox® Leaders Edge Speaker
September 2008 –- Present.
Promotional speaker on behalf of Allergan promoting and educating medical professionals on the indications and therapeutic uses for Botox® chemodenervation.

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

Gentiva Health Services, Lawrenceville, Georgia.
June 2010 – Present.
Medical Director. Oversight of quality assurance programs, performed utilization review, member of professional advisory board, reviewed nursing protocols, provided educational seminars, served as a liaison and marketed to the physician community.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine –Georgia Campus, Suwannee, Georgia.
August 2008 – Present.
Volunteer clinical faculty for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Would educate medical students during their 30-day clinical clerkship in all aspects of rehabilitation medicine.

Emory Eastside Medical Center Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, Snellville, Georgia.
August 2008 – August 2010.
Medical Director of a 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, Georgia,
July 2006 – September 2008.
Occupational Medicine Physician diagnosing and treating acute and chronic adult musculoskeletal ailments in an urgent care center setting.

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia,
July 2005 – June 2008.
Rotation services consisted of Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Geriatrics, Stroke, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Interventional Spine Procedures, Electromyography and Nerve Conduction. Affiliated training institutions are Emory, Shepherd Center, Scottish Rite, Emory Orthopedic & Spine Center, Wesley Woods and Atlanta VA. Satisfactorily performed lumbar interventional spinal procedures, chemical neurolysis with phenol and Botox, intra-articular steroid injections, Baclofen pump trials, trigger point injections and EMG/NCS.

Grady Memorial Hospital Sickle Cell Center, Atlanta, Georgia,
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

Pediatric Club President, Ohio University of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH, 2001 - 2002
Organized noon time faculty lectures. Successfully raised $2,500 for the Zimmerman Osteopathic Foundation, Sponsored by Children’s Medical Center, Atlantic Health Systems to distribute pediatric dosing handbook.

Meigs County School System Presenter, Meigs County, OH,
September 2001 – December 2001
Discussed the harmful effects of alcohol and tobacco to 5th graders and educated 2nd graders of what is inside a doctors black bag.

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

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

Phlebotomist and History Taker, Cleveland Free Clinic, Cleveland, OH, March 1998 – May 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 - Admitting and Consulting Physiatry

DeKalb Medical Center LTACH - Consulting Physiarty

DeKalb Medical Center Hillandale - Consulting Physiarty

Emory Eastside Medical Center - Admitting and Consulting Physiatry

Gwinnett Medical Center - Admitting and Consulting Physiarty

Kindred Hospital Atlanta - Consulting Physiarty

Rockdale Health Care Center - Consulting Physiatry

New London Health Care Center - Consulting Physiatry


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.


American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - fellow member
Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association
Medical Association of Atlanta
American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine


American Board of Physician Medicine & Rehabilitation - June 2009

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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Fx: 770.674.4887