Kenneth M. Jaffe M.D.

Kenneth M. Jaffe M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Amputation/Limb Loss, Brain Injury, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Traumatology




Dr. Jaffe is Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Neurological Surgery. After directing the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at Seattle Children’s Hospital for 26 years, he moved to Harborview Medical , where he directs the inpatient rehabilitation consultation service. He sees patients, both children and adults, with impairments resulting from multiple trauma, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, burns, and complex neurologic and medical conditions.  

Dr. Jaffe earned his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He came to the UW in 1975 for residencies , first in Pediatrics, and then Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is board certified in both of these specialties, and joined the UW SOM faculty in 1982.

His career long research has focused on the management and outcome of pediatric traumatic brain injury, and recently has expanded to include consequences of disparity in trauma care rehabilitation, and quality care indicators in adult and pediatric trauma care. He is Editor in Chief Emeritus of The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a faculty member of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. He is listed in “The Best Doctors in America”.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Jaffe's clinical interests include the management of children with disabilities due to injury ( traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple trauma), illness, and congenital defects (limb deficiency and arthrogryposis).

In addition, Dr. Jaffe consults on hospitalized children and adults at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) and the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) regarding their rehabilitation needs.

Dr. Jaffe is rated one of America's best doctors by the Castle Connolly Guide.

Scope of Care

Inpatient rehabilitation consultation

Research Interests

Dr. Jaffe's research is focused on outcomes and rehabilitation of childhood injuries.


Harvard Medical SchoolMedical education1975
UW - Dept. of PediatricsResidencyPediatrics
UW - Dept. of Rehabilitation MedicineFellowshipRehabilitation Medicine


Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine & RehabPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation1983
American Board of PediatricsPediatrics1980
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