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Dr. Richard N. Norris has played a leading role in the new field of performing arts medicine, a medical discipline that addresses the diagnosis and rehabilitation of the occupational injuries of artists. His extensive background studying both music and dance provided an in depth understanding of the unique needs and requirements of artists who are confronted with temporary disabilities.
After graduating from medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, Dr. Norris completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. He served a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at Children's Hospital (Boston), and also a fellowship in Interventional Spine Care.
He was a founding board member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (1986) where he served as Chair of the Education Committee for many years. He is also the founding chair of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Arts Medicine Special Interest Group.
In 1991 Dr. Norris joined the medical staff of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he was founder and director of the National Arts Medicine Center. Prior to that he operated the highly acclaimed Boston Arts Medicine Center, the first facility of its kind to treat both musicians and dancers (as well as visual artists) in the greater New England area, and was a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music teaching Health Education and Injury Prevention classes (1990-91).
Dr. Norris currently resides and practices in Northampton, Massachusetts, at Northampton Spine Medicine (http://www.richardnorrismd.com/).