Medical Staff - Physician Listing

Below is a list of physicians and medical staff who treat patients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (NERHP):

Elissa Charbonneau, D.O.
Medical Director
Dr. Charbonneau has been an attending physician at NERHP since 1992.  She assumed the role of medical director in 2001 and is program medical director of the brain injury, orthopedic and multitrauma, and spinal cord injury programs. Dr. Charbonneau received her doctorate of osteopathic medicine degree from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Temple University/Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Osteopathic Board of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Osteopathic College of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Locally, she is a member of the Maine Osteopathic Association.  Dr. Charbonneau also practices at the Spine Center at OA Centers for Orthopaedics  and is on staff at Maine Medical Center,  where she serves as director of the division of rehabilitation medicine.  In 2012, Dr Charbonneau was honored to receive the Medical Director of the Year award from HealthSouth Corporation.

Victoria Ashton, M.D.
Associate Medical Director
Dr. Ashton has been with NERHP since 1988. She received her MD from Dartmouth Medical School and completed her residency training in internal medicine at Western Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Ashton is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Ashton is a member of the Medical Executive Committee and Clinical Quality Improvement Committee at the hospital. She is also an attending physician at Maine Medical Center and is on staff at Mercy Hospital. 

Syed Kazmi, M.D.
Dr. Kazmi joined the NERHP medical staff in 1996. He is the medical director for the stroke and neuroscience programs. Dr. Kazmi received his medical education from Dow Medical College in Pakistan. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Yale School of Medicine and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Tufts University. Dr. Kazmi is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is also on the medical staff at Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital.
 
Elwood Fox, D.O.
Dr. Fox is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He joined NERHP in 2001. Dr. Fox provides physiatry consultations at Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and Southern Maine Medical Center. Dr. Fox received his DO from the University of New England and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Berkshire Medical Center. He also completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
  
David Palmer, D.O.
Dr. Palmer joined NERHP in 1997. He received his DO from the University of New England and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Medical College, Ohio. Dr. Palmer is Board Certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is available for physiatry consultations at Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and Southern Maine Medical Center. Dr. Palmer is Medical Director of the Amputee Program at NERHP. 
  
Thomas Morrione, M.D.
Dr. Morrione completed a geriatric fellowship at Maine Medical Center and joined NERHP in 2008. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Morrione completed his residency in family medicine at Maine Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Home Care Physicians. Dr. Morrione is also on staff at Maine Medical Center. He is board certified in family medicine. 

Benjamin Branch, D.O.
Dr. Branch received his DO, with honors, from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his internship in family medicine at Trident Hospital/Medical University of South Carolina and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, Illinois, where he served as chief resident.  Prior to joining NERHP, Dr. Branch held the positions of physical medicine and rehabilitation director at Providence Medford Medical Center’s Outpatient Spine Clinic, medical director of an inpatient rehabilitation unit and medical director at two skilled nursing facilities. Dr. Branch is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.  Dr. Branch is also on staff at Maine Medical Center.

Rachael Blake, M.D.
Dr. Blake is a graduate of the University Of Massachusetts School Of Medicine.  She completed her residency in family medicine and her geriatric fellowship at Maine Medical Center.  Dr. Blake is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the American Geriatric Society.  She is board certified in family medicine and geriatrics.  Dr. Blake joined New England Rehabilitation Hospital in 2012.  She is also on the medical staff at Maine Medical Center.
 
Stuart Damon, D.O.
Dr. Damon received his Master of Science, physical therapy from Springfield College, and his DO from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his residency in family practice at Eastern Maine Medical Center.  Prior to joining NERHP, Dr. Damon held the positions of emergency medicine physicain at Togus VAMC; Mountainview Regional Medical Center, Las Cruces, NM; Noth Adams Regional Hospital, North Adams, MA; and Waldo County General Hospital.  Dr. Damon is board certified by the Maine Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.  Dr. Damon is also the medical director of Islands Community Medical Services, in Vinalhaven.

NERHP Medical Staff Emeritus

Robert Haile, M.D.
Dr. Haile began his career with New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, Manie, in 1983 and transferred to NERHP in 1994. He was chief of rehabilitation medicine from 1994 to 1997. Dr. Haile was also medical director of the amputee and spinal cord injury programs until he retired in September of 2008. He received his MD from the University of Vermont and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Tufts University. Dr. Haile was past chief of rehabilitation medicine at Maine Medical Center.

Winton Briggs, M.D.
Dr. Briggs was the first medical director of NERHP, which began his career in rehabilitation medicine in 1986. He was also an attending physician in internal medicine at Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital. Dr. Briggs held teaching positions including instructor at Maine Medical Center’s School of Nursing and University of Southern Maine’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program. He was assistant clinical professor of medicine for Tufts and the University of Vermont. Dr. Briggs served on the Executive Committee and Medical Records Committee at New England Rehabilitation Hospital as well as numerous committees at Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, the Southern Maine Association of Cooperating Hospitals and the Cumberland County Medical Society. 

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