Robert C. Cantu


Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Sports Medicine, Concussion Care
Robert C. Cantu, MD
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Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center
Emerson Health Center 310 Baker Avenue Concord MA 01742
Board Certifications
  • Medical School:
    University of California at San Francisco Medical School
  • Residency:
    Massachusetts General Hospital
About Me
I have treated athletes young and old at skill levels ranging from students to professionals. My experience with head injuries began on local playing fields in the 1970s, when I served as a team physician for Acton High School football. In 1986 I wrote an article that described the first return-to-play guidelines, and since then I have authored more than 400 publications, including 34 books on neurology and sports medicine. My commitment to treating concussions continues today as the medical director and director of clinical research at the Cantu Concussion Center here at Emerson Hospital. In addition, I am a clinical professor of neurology and neurosurgery and co-founder of the CTE Center at Boston University School of Medicine.

In addition, I have also previously served as a senior advisor to the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee; section co-chair to the Mackey-White National Football League Players Association Traumatic Brain Injury Committee; International Rugby Board Concussion Advisory Group; adjunct professor for exercise and sport science and medical director for the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; senior advisor at the Brain Injury Center and adjunct staff at Boston Children’s Hospital;  vice president chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, and am a founding member and medical director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. I have also consulted with numerous NFL, NHL and NBA teams.


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