Lauro S. Halstead, MD, M.P.H., joined the staff of MedStar NRH shortly after it opened in 1986. Before moving to Washington, DC, he spent 20 years on the full-time medical faculties at the University of Rochester and Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently director of the Post-Polio Program and, formerly, was the medical director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program and the Male SCI Fertility Program at MedStar NRH.
He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard University.
Dr. Halstead is internationally known for his work in the late effects of polio and male SCI fertility and has written or edited seven books. He has published widely in the areas of spinal cord injury, post-polio syndrome and rehabilitation methods and philosophy. His latest book, Managing Post-Polio: A Guide to Living and Aging Well With Post-Polio Syndrome, was published in 2006 and has been translated into German, Japanese and Italian.
Dr. Halstead is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center, and is an active member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the American Spinal Injury Association, the International Spinal Cord Society, and Physicians for Social Responsibility.