Richard Lieber, PhD, Received Prestigious Honor - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Published on June 15, 2016

Richard Lieber, PhD, Receives Prestigious Honor


Richard L. Lieber, PhD, senior vice president and chief scientific officer of RIC, has been elected as an honorary member in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The honor was recently bestowed following a vote of the House of Delegates, an APTA policy-making body.


“Rick is one of the most creative and talented muscle physiologists in the world,” said Samuel R. Ward, PT, PhD, professor and vice chairman (research), Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California San Diego. “One of his strengths is his ability to bridge basic science with clinical medicine in an extremely effective way. He is a fantastic scientist, and he has a deep understanding and appreciation for clinical problems, particularly those related to rehabilitation.” 


To be nominated for this prestigious membership category, one’s contributions must have been significant to the field of physical therapy, national in recognition, beyond the scope of work done as part of paid employment and of a unique quality.


"I have always been driven to find better, faster ways to help patients,” said Dr. Lieber. “Being elected as an honorary member in the APTA is a true honor, and serves as motivation for my continued work.”


Dr. Lieber oversees all research endeavors throughout the RIC system of care. He is a renowned expert with a 30-year history of collaborating with physical therapists from around the country. He has made a number of significant contributions to the science and practice of physical therapy through his research in the areas of muscle physiology, mechanics, architecture, injury and repair. Dr. Lieber has authored 234 primary manuscripts, 34 peer-reviewed reviews, 30 book chapters, and three editions of his classic textbook on muscle physiology, Skeletal Muscle Structure, Function, and Plasticity. He is also a Professor of PM&R at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.