Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles
Joanne C Smith, MD

Joanne C Smith, MD

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Focus of Work


As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago or RIC) for the past decade, Joanne C. Smith, MD, has led the organization in its mission to provide the best patient outcomes through the highest-quality translational research, scientific discovery and education. Today she is leading the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab into its bold vision for the future: to be the global source of science-driven breakthroughs in Human Ability.

Education and Certification

  • MD: Michigan State University (1988)
  • Internship: Evanston Hospital, Medicine (1989)
  • Residency: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1992)



Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Room 86838
355 E Erie
Chicago IL 60611

Hospital Affiliations