John-Ross (JR) Rizzo, M.D., M.S.C.I., FACRM is a physician-scientist-leader at NYU Langone Health. He is currently the Health System Director of Disability Inclusion, Endowed Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Vice Chair of Innovation & Equity in the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, with cross-appointments in the Department of Neurology, the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
He is the Associate Director of Healthcare for the renowned NYU WIRELESS and associate faculty in the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He leads the Visuomotor Integration Laboratory (VMIL), exploring motor control with a special emphasis on visual guidance, and the Rehabilitation Engineering Alliance and Center Transforming Low Vision Laboratory (REACTIV), exploring bio-inspired, multi-sensory assistive technologies with a special emphasis on advanced wearables.
Dr. Rizzo capitalizes on his lived experience with vision loss in all aspects of his work and is very proud of his disability identity, a source of intense strength for him and his family, both in and out of his professional life.