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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.

  • 12.06.2022

    Medical students and disability advocates gathered at the second Disability Advocacy Coalition in Medicine Interprofessional Virtual Conference to address ableism in medicine and medical education.

  • 11.10.2022

    Northwestern physicians, scientists and people living with ALS gathered at the 12th annual Les Turner Symposium on ALS to share knowledge and celebrate advances in understanding and treating the disease.

  • 10.28.2022

    The Kimberly Querrey Summer Research Program combines intensive, hands-on biomedical research training with academic and professional development opportunities to support the next generation of scientists.

  • 09.20.2022

    A new grant will fund the hiring of 15 new tenure-track faculty, along with tactics to ensure the success of faculty members from underrepresented populations.

  • 09.19.2022

    Students in the MD, Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy programs worked together during a recent interprofessional education session.

  • 07.18.2022

    Damage to particular regions of the brain may influence addiction behaviors, providing insight into potential therapeutic targets for substance use disorders.

  • 2022 Ken Harris DEI Scholar
    Congratulations to Alliah Turner, our first ever Ken Harris Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship recipient! This scholarship was established to honor the 30+ year career, service, and dedication of Ken Harris, and to provide support for students who are from marginalized backgrounds who are committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. Alliah will receive $10,000 towards her education. The anonymous donor hopes such scholarship will be financially added to by others who seek to honor Ken Harris and provide support for students who are from marginalized backgrounds. We thank Alliah for her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion within the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


  • Congratulations to Dr. Prakash Jayabalan

    We are proud to share that Prakash Jayabalan, MD, PhD, has received the AAP Early Career Academician Award at the Academic Association of Physiatrists annual meeting. This award honors a member of the Association who has demonstrated outstanding performance in the areas of teaching, research and/or administration and has an academic rank of associate professor or less and is no more than 10 years past residency/fellowship training. Congratulations, Dr. Prakash Jayabalan!


  • NUPOC Establishes DEI Council

    Earlier this year, NUPOC established it’s very first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. The DEI council met this past February for their first event facilitated by Dr. Lopez-Rosado. The event served as an opportunity for Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine's Prosthetics and Orthotics Center and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents to learn more about navigating conversations with Spanish-speaking patients within the Orthotics and Prosthetics field.

    During the event, Tessa Brooks, MPO ‘22, presented part of their capstone on, "What language barriers affect provider and patient experiences in rehabilitation settings/services?" Participants were then able to learn Spanish terminology relating to the field of O&P, partake in a group activity, and develop sentences they would be able to utilize in their future settings. 

    Participants were also given a variety of educational resources such as Spanish translations of O&P vocabulary, case studies, as well as access to a Spanish Medical Terminology course provided by Dr. Lopez-Rosado. The purpose of this event was to encourage further dialogue between patients and practitioners of differing cultural backgrounds while decreasing language barriers and increasing health care access. 

    To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit:

  • 02.02.2022

    Neural waves of three distinct registers combine to give the brain a picture of what’s being smelled, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 01.12.2022

    Using MRI, EEG and clinical characteristics, the pre-surgical workup can predict if patients with epilepsy will benefit from a more invasive examination.

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