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Areas of Interest
Pediatrics, Neurological Conditions, Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke - Neurological Condition, Brain Injury, Spasticity, Amputation/Amputee, Gait Disorders, Limb Deficiency, Botox (Botulinum toxin), Arthrogryposis, Developmental Delay, Congenital Anomolies, Complex Conditions < 5 Years
Education, Residency and Internship
- University of Illinois College of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
- University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics, Pediatric Medicine
- RIC, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- American Academy of Cerebral Palsy (past president)
- American Academy of PM&R
- Illinois Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Children With Disability
Honors & Awards
- 2005 Goldstein Award, United Cerebral Palsy Foundation
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Spasticity, botulinum toxin treatment, ITB, cerebral palsy, robotics, movement with dance
Certifications & Licenses
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Dr. Deborah Gaebler-Spira completed a pediatric residency at the University of Chicago and then a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Dr. Gaebler-Spira is board certified in pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatric rehabilitation medicine. She has been affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital and RIC. Dr. Gaebler-Spira has also been a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatrics for 25 years.
Dr. Gaebler-Spira's primary clinical work is with children with cerebral palsy and spasticity management. She is past president of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Her research interests have included: spasticity management, cerebral palsy ( of spasticity and have obtained United Cerebral Palsy grants to evaluate the impact of Botulinum Toxins on the child as well as dance for motor learning and the child with cerebral palsy. She has collaborated with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Bioengineers on measurement of Hypertonia and is currently working with the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers grant “Technologies for Children with Orthopaedic Disabilities. The major goal of this project is to conduct research and development of advanced technologies for children with orthopaedic disabilities”.