David Chen, MD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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David Chen, MD

  • George M. Eisenberg Chair, RIC
  • Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program, RIC

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To schedule an appointment with David Chen please call 800-354-7342 or use our online form.

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Conditions Treated / Services

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Diaphragm Pacer
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Nontraumatic Spinal Cord Injury
  • Second Look
  • Spasticity
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Tumor

Clinical Interests

Amputation/Amputee, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Ankle Pain/Injury, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Anoxic Brain Injury, Aphasia, Apraxia, Arthritis and Joint Conditions, Asthma, Avascular Necrosis, Back Injury, Back Injury/Pain, Bell's Palsy, Bone Disorders, Bone Tumor, Botox (Botulinum toxin), Brain Injury, Bursitis, Cancer, Cardiac, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cerebral Embolism and Thrombosis, Cerebral Palsy, Diaphragm Pacer, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Nontraumatic Spinal Cord Injury, Pregnancy Injury, Second Look, Spasticity, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Tumor, Women's Health Therapy - Pregnancy, Women's Health Therapy - Pregnancy & Lower Back Pain, Work-Related Injuries, Workers' Compensation Injuries, Wrist Pain

Education, Residency and Internship


University of Illinois College of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine


Northwestern University Medical School

Teaching or Professional Positions

1996 - Present Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Program, RIC

1994 - Present Director, Spinal Cord Injury Program, RIC

1993 - Present Director, Data Acquisition Unit, Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System

Honors & Awards

2007 Selected as a "Top Doctor" by Chicago Magazine

1979-1983 Bronze Tablet, University of Illinois

Certifications & Licenses

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

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To schedule an appointment: please call 800-354-7342 or use our online form.