Massachusetts Medical Society: Dr. Robert Cantu is honored by Middlesex Central District Medical Society as 2013 Community Clinician of the Year

Dr. Robert Cantu is honored by Middlesex Central District Medical Society as 2013 Community Clinician of the Year

Contact: Richard P. Gulla


Cantu - 2013 Community Clinician Award - Middlesex Central
Robert C. Cantu, M.D.

Waltham – April 30 – Emerson Hospital physician and Lincoln resident Robert C. Cantu, M.D., one of the nation’s foremost experts on concussions and sports injuries, has been honored by his peers of the Middlesex Central District Medical Society as the district’s 2013 Community Clinician of the Year. He will receive the award April 30 at the district’s annual meeting at Emerson Hospital.  

The Community Clinician of the Year Award was established in 1998 by the Massachusetts Medical Society to recognize a physician from each of the Society’s 20 district medical societies who has made significant contributions to his or her patients and the community and who stands out as a leading caregiver. The Middlesex Central District is comprised of nearly 300 physicians who live and work in nine communities in central Middlesex County.  

A board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Cantu has been Emerson Hospital’s Chief of Neurosurgery Service since 1968 and Director of its Service of Sports Medicine since 1980.

Among a host of professional activities, Dr. Cantu is also Co-Director of the Center for The Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University Medical Center; a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Boston University School of Medicine; Adjunct Staff Department of Neurosurgery and Senior Advisor Brain Injury Center, Boston Children’s Hospital; Co-Director of the Neurological Sports Injury Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; Founding Member and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Sports Legacy Institute in Waltham; Senior Advisor to the National Football League’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee; and Medical Director of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research. He has served as president of the American College of Sports Medicine and acts as spokesperson for that organization with national media.   

A widely published author of 375 books and articles on sports medicine and sought after for his knowledge of sports injuries, Dr. Cantu is a consultant and advisor to many professional and collegiate sports teams and a member of the editorial boards of many medical journals and sports publications. His most recent publication is his newest book, Concussion and Our Kids,which was released in September of 2012. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and a member of the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha.  
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