Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

William Z Rymer, MD, PhD

William Z Rymer, MD, PhD

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Physiology

Focus of Work


pathophysiogy, stroke, spinal cord injury, spinal circuits,biomedical engineering, neural signal processing

Academic Focus

neural mechanisms underlying motor impairment in stroke and spinal cord injury

Clinical Focus

neurologic rehabilitation


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Education and Certification

  • MD: Melbourne University (1962)
  • PhD: Monash University, Neurophysiology (1973)
  • Residency: Prince Henry's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, Internal Medicine (1967)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Monash University (1971)
  • Fellowship: NINDS/NIH (1974)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University, Physiology (1976)



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