Joanne Smith, MD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Dr. Joanne C. Smith

Joanne C. Smith, MD

  • President and Chief Executive Officer, RIC



Conditions Treated / Services

  • Cancer
  • Women's Health

Education, Residency and Internship


Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, BS, Biological Sciences
Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, Michigan, Doctor of Medicine
University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, MBA


Northwestern University Medical School, Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Illinois, Internal Medicine Intern
RIC/Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
RIC/Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Chief Resident

Research Interests

Women's musculoskeletal medicine, pain management in pregnancy, and pelvic pain

Certifications & Licenses

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Dr. Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), America’s number-one rehabilitation hospital as named by U.S. News &World Report every year since 1991. Dr. Smith joined RIC as a practicing physician in 1992 after completing her residency and chief residency at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine (NU-FSM), and she was promoted to President and CEO in 2006, after serving the Institute in progressively expanded roles. In addition to her executive functions, Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NU-FSM. She enjoys the honor of being named one of Chicago’s “Top Doctors” by Chicago Magazine in every edition since 2004.

Dr. Smith is a member of several professional organizations, both regional and national, and serves on the healthcare industry boards of the Illinois Hospital Association and the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council. Dr. Smith is a Director of AptarGroup, Inc. (a global pharmaceutical dispensing and personal care packaging corporation) and serves as a member of the Healthcare Advisory Board for Madison Dearborn Partners.

Dr. Smith holds a B.S., cum laude, from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, an M.D. with Alpha Omega Alpha designation from Michigan State University, and is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Smith also holds an M.B.A from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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