David Ripley, MD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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David L. Ripley

David L. Ripley, MD, MS

  • Medical Director, Brain Injury Medicine & Rehabilitation Program, RIC

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Year began practicing:
Year joined staff:

Conditions Treated / Services

  • Anoxic Brain Injury
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Closed Head Injuries
  • Concussion
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Education, Residency and Internship


Emory University, BA, Psychology
Georgia State University, MS, Rehabilitation Counseling
Medical College of Georgia, MD


Medical College of Georgia, Internal Medicine


Medical College of Virginia Hospital, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Medical College of Virginia Hospital, Chief Resident, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (July 2012 - Present)
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (April 2009 - June 2012)
  • Clinical Instructor, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (February 2007 - April 2009)
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (March 2004 - August 2009)
  • Instructor, Clinical Track, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (July 2000 - August 2001)

Professional Memberships

  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (2008 - Present)
  • Colorado Medical Society (2004 – Present)
  • Denver Medical Society (2004 - Present) 
  • Brain Injury Association of America (2000 – Present)
  • Brain Injury Resource Foundation (Board of Directors Member) (2000 - 2006) (Formerly Brain Injury Association of Georgia)
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1997 - Present) (Fellow of the Academy, November, 2001)                                   
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists (1997 - 2002)
  • Medical Association of Virginia (1997 - 2000)
  • American Medical Association (1992 - 2002)
  • Medical Association of Georgia (1992 -1997)

Honors & Awards

  • AAPM&R President’s Research Citation Award, November 2006
  • “The Impact of TBI on Female Endocrine Functioning.” Presented at the AAPM&R Annual Assembly, Honolulu, HI
  • Research Enrichment Program for Physiatrists Scholarship Recipient, August 2001
  • National Health Information Awards, Brain Attack: Mapping Out Early
  • Recovery from Stroke – Silver Award, September 2001, Medical College of Virginia
  • Herman J.  Flax Resident Education & Leadership Award, June 2000
  • Medical College of Virginia Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Best Grand Rounds Presentation for 1999-2000, June 2000


Janet P. Niemeier, Ph.D., ABPP, Tamara Bushnik, Ph.D., Lynne C. Davis, Ph.D

Jennifer H. Marwitz, M.A., David L. Ripley, MD, MS, William Walker, M.D.  Are There Cognitive and Neurobehavioral Correlates of Hormonal Neuroprotection For Women After TBI?  Submitted for publication. Brain Injury.


Ripley DL, Masel BE, Watanabe T. Endocrinopathy after traumatic brain injury. PM R. 2011 Mar;3(3):268-73.


Ripley DL, Politzer T. Vision disturbance after TBI. NeuroRehabilitation. 2011 Jan;27(3):215-6. PubMed PMID: 21098988.


Ripley D, Politzer T, Berryman A, Rasavage K, Weintraub A. The Vision Clinic: An interdisciplinary method for assessment and treatment of visual problems after Traumatic Brain Injury. NeuroRehabilitation 2011 (27) 231-235.


Cilo M, Politzer T, Ripley DL, Weintraub A. Vision examination of TBI patients in an acute rehabilitation hospital. NeuroRehabilitation. 2011 Jan;27(3):237-42. PubMed PMID: 21098992.


Novack TA, Labbe D, Grote M, Carlson N, Sherer M, Arango-Lasprilla JC, Bushnik T, Cifu D, Powell JM, Ripley D, Seel RT. Return to driving within 5 years of moderate-severe traumatic brain injury. Brain Inj. 2010;24(3):464-71. PubMed PMID: 20184403.


Ashley M, Weintraub A, Ripley D. “Bioscience Frontiers in Neuromedical Interventions Following Brain Injury. “ in Mark Ashley, (ed.) Traumatic Brain Injury: Rehabilitative Treatment and Case Management CRC Press, Washington D.C., 2009.


Ripley, D. & Weed, R.  Life care planning for acquired brain injury. In R. Weed (Ed.) Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook. Boca Raton: FL: CRC Press 2004, Revised 2009.


Carlson NE, Brenner LA, Wierman ME, Harrison-Felix C, Morey C, Gallagher S,Ripley DHypogonadism on admission to acute rehabilitation is correlated with lower functional status at admission and discharge. Brain Inj. 2009 Apr;23(4):336-44.


Greenwald B, Ripley D. Fatigue. In A Cristian (ed.) Medical Management of Adults with Neurological Disabilities, NY, NY. Demos Medical Publishing, 2009.

Ripley D, Harrison-Felix C, Sendroy-Terrrill M, Cusick C, Dannels-McClure A, Morey C, “The Impact of Female Reproductive Function on Outcomes after Traumatic Brain Injury,” Archives of PM&R, 2008; 89:1090-1096


Vickery CD, Sherer M, Nick T, Nakase-Richardson R, Corrigan JD, Hammond F, Macciocchi S, Ripley D, Sander A, “Relationships Among Premorbid Alcohol Use, Acute Intoxication, and Early Functional Status after Traumatic Brain Injury,” Archives of PM&R, 2008; 89:48-55


Ripley D, Pacheco K, Review – Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice,J Head Trauma Rehab, 2007; 22:413


Ripley D, Seel RMacciocchi S, Ericksen J, Schara S, Raziano K. “Diabetes Mellitus and Functional Outcome following Cerebrovascular Accident,” American Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine , September 2007, 86(9):754-761.


Stoner L, Ripley D, et al. “Upper versus Lower Extremity Arterial Function after Spinal Cord Injury.” Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 2006; 29:138-146.


Ripley, D. “Atomoxetine for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury.” Journal Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 2006 Jan/Feb; (21)1:85-88.


Ripley, D. “Classic Stimulants: Cognitive Enhancing Agents,” Brain Injury Resource Foundation. http://www.birf.info/home/library/pharm/pharm-clstimcog.html.


Ripley, D. “Memory Enhancing Agents,” Brain Injury Resource Foundation.http://www.birf.info/home/library/pharm/pharm-clstimcog.html.


Ripley, D. & Weed, R.  Life care planning for acquired brain injury. In R. Weed (Ed.) Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook. Boca Raton: FL: CRC Press 2004


Mullin J, Ripley D, Vargas J, Godsall R, Korrick S. “Relationship between balance and cognition following traumatic brain injury,” Premier Outlook,2002. 3(4): 30-35.


Kreutzer J, Kolakowski S, Ripley D, Cifu D, Rosenthal M, Bushnik T, Zafonte R, Englander J, High W. ”Charges and lengths of stay for acute and inpatient rehabilitation treatment of traumatic brain injury 1990-1996,” Brain Injury,2001 Sep;15(9):763-74


Hess DW, Ripley DL, McKinley WO, Tewksbury M.  “Return to Work Following Spinal Cord Injury: A 3-year Multi-Center Analysis of Acute Predictors,”Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2000. Mar;81(3):359-63.


Ripley D, Ericksen J, Cifu D. “A Disease of Great Reckoning; Diabetes Mellitus and Issues for Rehabilitation Professionals,” Advances for Directors in Rehabilitation, May 2000. 9(5):49-52.

Certifications & Licenses

  • Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, July 2001
  • Licensed Physician, State of Colorado, June 2004 to present
  • Licensed Physician, Commonwealth of Virginia, June 1998 – Present (Inactive)
  • Licensed Physician, State of Georgia, May 2000 - Present
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (C.R.C.), 1991 - Present

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