Rochester, Minnesota Clinical Profile


Jeffrey R. Basford, M.D., Ph.D., has been involved in rehabilitation-related research as a member of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic since 1982. His clinical responsibilities and research interests emphasize neurological rehabilitation and musculoskeletal pain.

Focus areas

  • Central nervous system and cancer rehabilitation. Dr. Basford's research focuses on the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, brain injury and the health care delivery of rehabilitation techniques.
  • Physiological effects of physical agents. Dr. Basford conducts controlled, blinded, randomized evaluations to study the effects of physical agents — such as heat, cold, light, electricity and electromagnetic forces — on the body.

Significance to patient care

Dr. Basford's combination of medical training, a background in physics and clinical practice experience has helped him advance the science of neurological rehabilitation and find ways to reduce patients' musculoskeletal pain. His scientific training has contributed to his clinical decision-making and honed his ability to formulate meaningful and answerable research questions that address patients' unmet needs.

Professional highlights

  • Editor, Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation, 2018-present
  • Editor-in-chief, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2013-2019
  • Director, Mayo Clinic Medical Rehabilitation Research and Training Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, 1993-2015
  • Research chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, 1986-2008


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  1. Chief Resident - Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Minnesota Hospital
  2. MD University of Miami School of Medicine
  3. PhD - Physics/Mathematics University of Minnesota
  4. MS - Physics/Mathematics University of Minnesota
  5. BS - Physics University of Minnesota

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