The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine offers programs of interdisciplinary studies centered at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and associated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, as well as the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. The combined resources available to students and faculty members are varied and extensive. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation strives for excellence in the delivery of patient care, research, and education.
Northwestern is a major private research university founded in 1851. It has an annual enrollment of about 18,000 students in 12 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools on two lakefront campuses in Evanston and Chicago. The medical school is located on the Chicago campus, close to several hospitals of the McGaw Medical Center.
In March 2017, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) evolved to become the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Established in 1954, the AbilityLab is the world's largest free-standing hospital especially designed for patient care, education, and research in physical medicine and rehabilitation. AbilityLab has been recognized as the "Best Rehabilitation Hospital in America" since 1991 by U.S. News & World Report. It offers programs and services through its patient care services, advocacy and community outreach efforts to improve the quality of life for people with physical disabilities. AbilityLab operates a flagship hospital in Chicago as well as a network of DayRehab Centers and outpatient centers located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. It also maintains strategic alliances with other healthcare providers throughout the state of Illinois and north central Indiana.
In 1999 Northwestern Memorial, one of the largest private hospitals in Illinois, opened a $650-million inpatient pavilion and ambulatory care facility, the latter portion in partnership with the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. Located on the Chicago campus, the 744-bed hospital also includes the Stone Institute of Psychiatry and Prentice Women's Hospital and Maternity Center. Members of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine serve in Northwestern Memorial's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University academic department. In addition, they are on the medical staff of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, where most rehabilitation care is provided by physiatrists and specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
On Saturday, June 9, 2012, Children’s Memorial's main hospital moved to 225 E Chicago Avenue, and became Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. This 23-story, state-of-the-art hospital helps further our mission to provide superior care to the region’s most critically ill and injured children.
Inpatients are treated at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center's West Side facility, which features 209 general medical and surgical beds. A shuttle service takes students, residents, and faculty members between NU's campus and the West Side facility.
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians in a wide array of specialties. In a typical year, physicians and highly skilled nursing staff care for more than 20,000 inpatients, 149,000 outpatients and 35,000 emergency patients, and handle 142,000 patient visits to primary care and specialty centers. Located in the Lakeview neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, Illinois Masonic Medical also is home to one of the Chicago area's leading Level I trauma centers.