Appoints Felise S. Zollman, MD, to Medical Director of the Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation Program - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Published on April 10, 2007

RIC Appoints Felise S. Zollman, MD, to Medical Director of the Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation Program

Neurologist Expertise Will Support Brain Injury Care For Returning U.S. Service Men and Women

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the leading physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital in the country, announced today the appointment of 


Felise S. Zollman, M.D.

Felise S. Zollman, MD

Felise S. Zollman, MD, as Medical Director of the RIC Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation Program. Zollman's appointment comes at a critical time at RIC as the organization opens its doors to U.S. service men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Zollman, 43, brings more than 18 years of medical practice experience to RIC, including expertise in neurology, rehabilitation and alternative medicine. She will be providing medical leadership to the inpatient brain injury program at RIC's flagship hospital on Superior St., and throughout the RIC system of care.

Home to one of the preeminent brain injury medicine and rehabilitation programs in the country, RIC brings 21st century science and technology into everyday life demonstrated through specialized services like those available at the RIC Technology Center where specialists develop custom communication devices and boards to allow patients with cognitive disabilities communicate.

RIC's multidisciplinary team works to restore physical, intellectual, communicative, psychosocial and vocational skills with cutting-edge, evidence-based practices that unite various models to maximize impact and outcomes.

"For more than 50 years, RIC has remained committed to providing world-class care to patients with disabling conditions, such as traumatic brain injury. In this critical time in our nation's history, Zollman's expertise will further strengthen the skills and experience RIC has promised to provide allowing us to put forth the most advanced care," said Joanne C. Smith, M.D., president and CEO of RIC. "It is our honor to open our doors to provide this same level of expert care to the severely injured military heroes returning from Iraq and Afghanistan."

Zollman is board certified in neurology; a certified member of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation; and a diplomate on the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.

She has had a diverse medical career, most recently in a private practice in Chicago. Notably, Zollman served as Chief of the Neurorehabilitation Service at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA in 1994-1995, and as Chief of Staff and Medical Director of cardiac rehabilitation and rehabilitation services at Fallbrook Hospital (Fallbrook, Ca.).

"The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago values the creation of a culture of excellence and discovery," said Elliot Roth, M.D., senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical director at RIC. "Dr. Zollman brings strong clinical skills and a vision for innovative research for patients with brain injury and neurological disorders that promises to sustain this great level of care."

Zollman completed her internship in internal medicine at UCLA Medical Center in 1990; a second year of residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine; and residency in neurology at University of Southern California in 1994 where she also served as Chief Resident. She also undertook post-graduate education in medical acupuncture via UCLA's Medical Acupuncture for Physicians training program in 2002.

Currently, Zollman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine as well as an adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Midwestern University. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and American Society of Neurorehabilitation.

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is dedicated to helping people with all levels and types of physical disabilities live a fulfilling life. U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIC the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" every year since 1991. RIC operates a flagship hospital in Chicago as well as a network of DayRehabCenters 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.

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