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Cheri Blauwet

Two-time Boston Marathon wheelchair division winner and Harvard sports medicine doctor

Cheri Blauwet is a mother, physician, Gold medal-winning Paralympic athlete and leader in the Olympic and Paralympic movement driven to promote inclusion in the sports and fitness sector and beyond while empowering others to reimagine their full potential. Learn more about Cheri’s impact below.

Physician and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School
Cheri Blauwet, MD is an Associate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Additional highlights:

Director of Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
More than 60 peer-reviewed published articles focused on sports medicine, adaptive sports and exercise, and women in medicine. Click here to view research.
In 2016, she was the recipient of the Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award.
Graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Completed residency in PM&R at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School – served as Chief Resident.

Professional Athlete and Sports Leader
Cheri is a retired Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralympic Games (Sydney ’00, Athens ’04, Beijing ’08) and bringing home a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is also a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons. Translating her background as an athlete to the clinic setting, Dr. Blauwet now serves in numerous leadership roles throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Highlights include:

Seven-time Paralympic Medalist (2000 Sydney – 1 Silver / 3 Bronze; 2004 Athens – 1 Gold / 2 Bronze)
Won eight major marathons (New York City – 2002, 2003; Boston – 2004, 2005; Los Angeles – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008)
Inducted into University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Hall of Fame.
Nominated for the Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame; ESPY Award; Laureus World Sports Award; Women’s Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year.
Named a member of the USA Today All-USA Academic Team.
Member of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Board of Directors.
Member of the Boston Athletic Association Board of Directors.
Member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Medical Committee and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical & Scientific Commission.

 

Leader and Change Agent
Cheri has become a global leader who leverages her personal and professional experiences to advocate for inclusion and accessibility across the fitness landscape, community and beyond. Highlights include:

As a wife and mother of two children (infant and toddler), she scales her advocacy for the disabled community with husband – Paralympian and inclusive sports advocate, Eli Wolff.
In 2016, Cheri was named one of Boston’s “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders” by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
In 2019, Cheri was named by the Boston Business Journal as a “40 under 40” community leader.
Serves as the Director of Disability Access and Awareness for Spaulding Rehabilitation Network as well as Chair the Mass General Brigham COVID Disability Task Force.
Appointed to the City of Boston Mayor’s COVID Health Equity Task Force.
Guest at the White House and Keynote Speaker at the Boston Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (2015).
“In order to realize our full human potential, we must shatter the perception that having a disability is a lesser way of living.” – Cheri Blauwet