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RIC Fast Facts

  • #1-Ranked Rehabilitation Hospital in America by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991
  • 182-bed inpatient hospital in downtown Chicago
  • 50+ sites of care throughout Illinois and Indiana
  • 5,000+ inpatients treated each year, system-wide
  • 800,000+ outpatient visits each year
  • One of only 2% of hospitals to receive two consecutive Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Excellence.
  • Largest rehabilitation research center in the world
  • Only rehabilitation hospital with eight federally designated research centers
  • 370+ active research projects in neuroscience, bionics, robotics, and musculoskeletal medicine
  • Academic home of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Clinical Trials

Did you know you can help advance the science of rehabilitation medicine while benefiting from the latest research findings? You can by joining a clinical trial! See a list of our Research Studies & Clinical Trials.

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James L. Patton

James L. Patton, PhD

  • Co-Director, Robotics Laboratory, SMPP, RIC
  • Director, Center for Rehab Robotics, RIC
  • Associate Prof, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  • Research Assistant Professor, PM&R, Feinberg School of Medicine, NU
  • Affiliate, Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering, NU
  • Senior Research Scientist, SMPP, RIC



Education, Residency and Internship


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, BS, Mechanical & Bioengineering
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, MS, Engineering Mechanics
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, PhD, Biomedical Engineering


Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Postdoctoral


See Jim Patton's home page above for all publications.

Research Interests

neural control of human movement; Robotics for therapeutic neuro-rehabilitation; Automatic control; Mechatronics; Haptics; Human-machine interfaces; Robotic teaching; Control of Balance

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