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Project Investigator Biography

Walter R. Frontera-Roura, M.D., Ph.D. Walter R. Frontera-Roura, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Puerto Rico
Office A-880, PO Box 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067
phone: (787) 765-2363
fax: (787) 756-5475

Dr. Walter R. Frontera is the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Physiology at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of PM&R. He is a Board Member of the International Society for PM&R, President of the International Federation of Sports Medicine, charter member of the Kottke Society (an honorary society in rehabilitation medicine), elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and a fellow of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Academy of PM&R, and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Frontera has received several awards including the Harvard Foundation Award for his contributions to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. He has over 200 scientific publications, including more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and 10 edited books.

Dr. Frontera’s main research interest is the study of the mechanisms underlying muscle atrophy and weakness in the elderly. Based on his studies of human sarcopenia, he has developed rehabilitative interventions using therapeutic exercise to slow down and/or reverse skeletal muscle alterations associated with advanced adult age. His research has also included the study of skeletal muscle dysfunction in patients with neuromuscular diseases and muscle function with exercise training in patients with HIV.

Dr. Frontera completed his medical studies and a residency in PM&R at UPR and a doctoral degree in applied anatomy and physiology at Boston University. In 1996, he was recruited to Harvard Medical School to establish the Department of PM&R at that institution. He was later appointed the Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chairman of the Department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and also served as the Chief of Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D.
Updated: 04/30/12