Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

About Us

Welcome to the NUFSM Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation!

A passion for science -and for using science to assist people with disabilities to achieve maximum functional independence.

A thirst for knowledge - and for discovering the fundamental mechanisms of disabling conditions and how they affect the people who experience them.

A drive to spread understanding - and for training other professionals to both provide care of the highest quality and to conduct research with the greatest impact.

An intense focus on the care of people with disabilities – and a desire to enhance both their experience and their outcomes.

These are the factors that motivate the researchers, educators, clinicians, leaders, and trainees in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Our expertise is broad, ranging from the most severe of traumatic injuries and diseases, to musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, to any physical condition that limits a person’s ability to pursue functional independence and quality of life. There is considerable enthusiasm in the Department, directed toward innovation, growth, and new program development. This is a program that has a recent tradition of leading progress and change in the specialty of medical rehabilitation and in care for people with disabilities. To be able to simultaneously provide, improve, influence and teach about the care of people with disabilities is a unique opportunity, and one on which the NUFSM Department of PM&R thrives.

Many of the Department’s interdisciplinary clinical and educational programs are centered at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Associated institutions at which clinical and training activities take place include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and a number of freestanding outpatient locations throughout the Midwest. The combined resources available to students, residents, and faculty members are diverse, as are the experiences provided to our professionals and trainees. Diversity also characterizes our patients, approaches, procedures, experiences, and settings. Research is based predominantly at the AbilityLab, and we welcome trainees to participate in this important and exciting activity.

The Department offers a variety of training programs, including a highly sought-after residency program, medical student education, advanced specialty clinical fellowship training, research training, community and patient education, allied health professional education, and other educational experiences. These are described in more detail in this website.

We invite you to learn more about the exciting clinical, research, and training programs offered by the NUFSM Department of PM&R.

With warm regards,
Elliot J. Roth, MD

Elliot J. Roth, MD, Department Chair

Elliot J. Roth, MD
Department Chair