Sylvia Duraski - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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  • 5,000+ inpatients treated each year, system-wide
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  • 370+ active research projects in neuroscience, bionics, robotics, and musculoskeletal medicine
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Sylvia Duraski

Sylvia Duraski, APN, CBIST, CRRN, MS, RN

  • Nurse Practitioner, RIC
  • Instructor, PM&R, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Conditions Treated / Services

  • Amicous Program
  • Anoxic Brain Injury
  • Bladder Dysfunction
  • Bowel Dysfunction
  • Brain Injury
  • Brain Injury - Non-stroke-related (Multidisciplinary Brain Injury Clinic)
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Closed Head Injuries
  • Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spasticity
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Clinical Interests

Amicous Program, Anoxic Brain Injury, Bladder Issues, Bowel Issues, Brain Injury (Non-Stroke-Related), Closed Head Injuries, Education, Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury, Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury


  • English
  • Spanish

Education, Residency and Internship


BSN, Loyola University Chicago
MSN, Rush University
Rush University, Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • Instructor, PM&R, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Brain Injury Association of Illinois
  • Northern Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

Honors & Awards

  • 1998: Advanced Practice Nurse Award, Association of Rehabilitation Nurses 
  • 1998: Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research, RIC
  • 1985: Founder's Medal, RIC

Research Interests

  • brain injury
  • spasticity
  • stroke

Certifications & Licenses

  • Certified brain injury specialist trainer
  • Certified rehabilitation registered nurse
  • Licensed adult nurse practitioner

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