Karina J. Bouffard, MD, MPH - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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  • 800,000+ outpatient visits each year
  • 5,000+ inpatients treated each year, system-wide
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  • 182-bed inpatient hospital in the heart of Chicago
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  • Only rehabilitation hospital with eight federally designated research centers
  • 370+ active research projects in neuroscience, bionics, robotics, and musculoskeletal medicine
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Karina J. Bouffard, MD, MPH

  • Attending Physician, RIC

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Conditions Treated / Services

  • Chronic Pain
  • Pain Management/Chronic Pain

Clinical Interests

Chronic Pain, Pain Management

Education, Residency and Internship


University of Michigan, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of the East, Doctor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University, Master of Public Health


University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Internal Medicine


Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Pain Medicine

Teaching or Professional Positions

Registered Nurse, 2001-2002, Summer 2003, Summer 2004
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

Professional Memberships

North American Neuromodulation Society
Member 2012-Present

American Academy of Pain Medicine
Member 2012-Present

International Spine Intervention Society
Member, December 2010-Present

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, July 2009-Present

Honors & Awards

William H. Donovan Award
Awarded first place for critical review of the literature.
“Milnacipran for the treatment of fibromyalgia.”
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance, Baylor College of Medicine. Houston, Texas. August 2010.

Best Poster
Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. “A survey of current ophthalmic education in US medical schools.” Las Vegas, Nevada. November 2006

Medical School Clinical Clerkship Honors
Surgery, Pediatrics, Neonatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, 2006


McCormick Z, Bouffard K, Neudorf D, Casey N. An unusual cause of ipsilateral extremity and infrascapular pain; a case report. Submitted to PM&R Sept 2013.

Bouffard K, Koyyalagunta L, Abdi S, Hernandez M, Novy D. Differences in pain, symptom burden, and opioid use among cancer pain patients with active versus non-active disease. American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting; 2013 May 31-June 4; Chicago, IL. J Clin Oncol 31, 2013 (suppl; abstr e20568). Retrieved May 30, 2013, from http://meetinglibrary.asco.org/content/115041-132

Bouffard K, Bruel B, Orillosa S. Interventional techniques for cancer pain. In Shin K, Buschbacher R, Shin K, editors. Cancer (Rehabilitation Medicine Quick Reference Series). 1st edition. New York: Demos Medical Publishers; 2013.

Bouffard K, Harrell J. Immune mediated brachial plexopathy. PM R [Internet]. 2012 Oct 12 [cited 2012 Oct 12]; Available from: http://now.aapmr.org/pain-neuro/neuromuscular-medicine/Pages/Immune-Mediated-Brachial-Plexopathy.aspx

Bouffard K, Anderson K. A survey of current ophthalmic education in US medical schools. Poster presentation at: The Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology; 2006, Nov 11-14; Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bouffard K, Podoll A, Maheshwari S, Garcia R. Tuberculosis prostatic abscess in a non-HIV positive male: A unique presentation. Poster presentation at: The Texas Academy of Internal Medicine; 2006 Nov 3-4; Horseshoe Bay, Texas.

Bouffard K. Tuberculosis prostatic abscess in a non-HIV positive male: A unique presentation. Poster presentation at: The America College of Physician’s Associates Day; 2006 Mar 25; Clear Lake City, Texas.

Certifications & Licenses

Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine

State of Illinois—Active
Physician and Surgeon License

State of Illinois—Active
Registered nurse professional license

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