RIC Experience and Your Recovery Team
Whatever the cause or severity of your spinal cord injury, our goal is to help you develop skills and strategies for living life to its fullest. Every year, we help patients with spinal cord injuries from around the world do just that.
Individualized, collaborative care
Your team of spinal cord injury experts will be led by a physiatrist – a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation – and may include nurses, clinical social workers, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and other specialists. Together with your family and rehabilitation team, you will set appropriate goals and work to achieve them. Your injury is unique, and your treatment will be too.
RIC researchers are working on new developments, giving patients early access to cutting-edge treatments. See our Clinical Trials page here.
RIC Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program Medical Director
David Chen, MD, is the medical director at RIC’s Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program and the acute spine program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with a subspecialty in spinal cord medicine. Dr. Chen has been the director of RIC’s program for more than 25 years and leads the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System. His research focuses on the study of robotic walking in spinal cord injury and bringing promising treatments from the laboratory to clinical trial phases, all with the goal of improving patient outcomes. An associate professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Chen has published more than 35 research articles and authored 10 chapters in medical textbooks.