James Sliwa, DO - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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  • 800,000+ outpatient visits each year
  • 5,000+ inpatients treated each year, system-wide
  • 50+ sites of care throughout Illinois and Indiana
  • One of only 2% of hospitals to receive two consecutive Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Excellence.
  • 182-bed inpatient hospital in the heart of Chicago
  • 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 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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James A. Sliwa

James A. Sliwa, DO

  • Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice-President of Medical Affairs, RIC

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Conditions Treated / Services

  • Back Injury/Pain
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brain Tumor
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
  • Deconditioning
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Falls
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Pain/Injury
  • Gait Disorders
  • General Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Hand Pain
  • Herniated Discs
  • Hip Injury
  • Ischemic Stroke
  • Knee Injury
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disk Disease
  • Lumbar Strain
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscle Strains
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) Conditions
  • Musculoskeletal Conditions & Injuries
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Post-polio
  • Radicular Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Spasticity
  • Spasticity Management
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Vestibular - Vertigo, Imbalance

Education, Residency and Internship


Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, Illinois, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine


Chicago Osteopathic Hospital, Intern

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Director of Residency Training

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Medical Association
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Honors & Awards

  • Top Doctor in Chicago, Chicago Magazine, several times

Research Interests

rehabilitation in cancer patients

general rehabilitation

Certifications & Licenses

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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