- American Board of Phys Medicine and Rehab - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Wayne State University, MI, 2008
- The University of Chicago, IL, 1999
Residencies & Internships
- Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, MI, 2012
- Henry Ford Hospital, Spinal Injuries, MI, 2013
- Director, Medical Spine Services & Physiatry
- Co-Director, Senior Spine Pathway
Ritu N. Zacharias, M.D., received her bachelors degree with honors from the University of Chicago. After graduating from the Wayne State University School of Medicine, she completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She served as Chief Resident during her final year of training. She completed a Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital prior to joining the Department of Neurosurgery as Senior Staff.
Dr. Zacharias is currently the Director of the Senior Spine initiative at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. She is clinical faculty for the Pain Service in the hospital, and actively participates in providing lectures and teaching Pain Fellows. She works collaboratively with the departments of Pain Management, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Interventional Radiology, Orthopedics and Integrative Medicine to provide a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. She is a member of the Spine Board and Spine Council at Henry Ford Hospital, and she is currently spearheading a telemedicine initiative to increase patient connectivity to the Neurosurgery Department.
Dr. Zacharias is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her special interests include, but are not limited to: conservative spine care, multidisciplinary pain management, senior spine care, sports and rehabilitation medicine, and musculoskeletal disease in women.
I practice with an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life for those living with pain and dysfunction. This approach involves working with physiotherapists, sports medicine experts, pain management specialists, surgeons, rehabilitation physicians, and pain psychologists. My personal goal as a rehabilitation physician is to maximize function and improve quality of life.
Awards, Honors and Publications
Dr. Zacharias is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Medical Association, the Michigan Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Michigan State Medical Society and the Oakland County Medical Society, and the Pain and Neuromuscular Council.
She has been featured in Live Well Magazine and Healthy Living, and has provided talks to the community on patient-centered spine and musculoskeletal medicine.
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- Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital