Gerasimos Bastas , MD, PhD
FOUNDING CHAIR, MEMBER-AT-LARGE
Director of Limb Loss Rehabilitation
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
I was born and raised in Greece. I completed my undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at Brown University, my combined MD PhD at Boston University, and my PM&R residency training at the Univ. of Pennsylvania, before joining the Dpt of PM&R at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where I serve as the Director of Limb Loss Rehabilitation. I have overseen the creation of an interdisciplinary continuum of care through the VUMC health system, and am directly involved in patients’ prosthetic enablement care. I have been invited to speak regionally and nationally on topics relating to the medical care of patients with limb loss, the physiology of limb loss, the ethics of medical decision-making surrounding amputation surgery, research methodology in rehabilitation science, and my own research focuses on the longitudinal evaluation of lower limb prosthetic enablement. I championed for the creation and served as the Inaugural Chair of the Limb Restoration Rehabilitation Group (LRRG) within the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), to bolster the interdisciplinary training for all rehab professionals working to ensure the medical care, wellbeing and prosthetic enablement of people with limb loss/difference.