Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, IL

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), is the global leader in rehabilitation for adults and children, including those with the most complex conditions — from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury to stroke, neurodegenerative disease, amputation and cancer-related impairment. Shirley Ryan AbilityLab expands and accelerates leadership in the field that began at RIC in 1953 — its care and research designated the “No. 1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. Upon opening in March 2017, the 1.2-million-square-foot Shirley Ryan AbilityLab became the first-ever “translational” research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying (or “translating”) research real time. This unique model enables patients to have access to the brightest minds, the latest research and the best opportunities for recovery and improvement in function.

The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (PDMD) program at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab offers interdisciplinary care and neurorehabilitation services, translational research, and education and outreach for the PDMD patient communities and healthcare professionals. The PDMD outpatient clinic takes an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and data-driven approach to the evaluation of patient and care partner needs — its team includes a movement disorders neurologist, physiatrists, nurse, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech language pathologist. Other available staff include our team of psychologists/neuropsychologists, social workers, spiritual care, nutritionists, and exercise physiologists. Rehabilitation therapy services — including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology — are available for people with Parkinson’s and movement disorders in our outpatient therapy locations, DayRehab programs, and inpatient environment. Shirley Ryan AbilityLab also offers unique programs for early intervention, assistive technology, cognition, motion analysis, prosthetics and orthotics, wheelchair seating and positioning, vocational rehabilitation and global patient services for those with PDMD. Our PDMD research programs include studies of bionics, robotics, and wearable sensors; biomarkers; data science and outcomes; and pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapeutic interventions.


Jennifer G. Goldman, MD, MS, FAAN, FANA

Dr. Goldman is the Section Chief of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Goldman is a fellowship-trained movement disorders neurologist and clinician-researcher who also has board certification in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. Dr. Goldman is recognized internationally for her work on neuropsychiatric and non-motor issues in movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementias, and for her clinical care and research focus on understanding why these changes occur and how to prevent or treat them using pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies. Her background provides a unique combination of expertise in the fields of movement disorders, dementia, and interdisciplinary models for patient care, research, and education. She actively collaborates with colleagues at Northwestern University and other movement disorders and dementia centers nationally and internationally. Dr. Goldman has served on the LBDA Scientific Advisory council for the past 10 years and is the current chair.


Clinic name: Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (PDMD) Clinic
Phone number: 312-238-7363
Website(s): www.sralab.org