RIC Expert Team for International Patients
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Global Patient Services (GPS) team expertly works together with every international patient. The GPS team includes experienced physicians, nurses, therapists, researchers, and other specialists for every patient and every care level.
The RIC GPS team provides the highest level of care – expertly, responsively, cost-effectively. Our expert team will:
- Provide a personal contact across all episodes and levels of care
- Help you coordinate housing and travel with trusted sources at discounted rates
- Assist with Life Care Planning to help control long-term costs
RIC's system of care and team of experts will be there for you throughout your recovery providing expert care, clinical trials, education, support groups, and sport and fitness opportunities.
Medical Directors oversee specific, multidisciplinary care teams for every international patient.
Pediatric rehabilitation: Gadi A. Revivo, DO
Spinal cord injuries: David Chen, MD
Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program
Dr. Chen is the Medical Director overseeing the care of international patients with spinal cord injuries. RIC is a federally designated model center for the treatment of traumatic spinal cord injuries, treating more than 500 such patients each year, giving them the best opportunity to regain skills and return to living independently.
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Patient recovery: Elliot J. Roth, MD
Brain injuries: David L. Ripley, MD
Medical Director, Brain Injury Medicine & Rehabilitation Program
Dr. Ripley is the Medical Director overseeing the care of international patients with brain injuries. Each year we care for more than 600 patients with traumatic brain injuries, in a federally designated model program that focuses on restoring physical, intellectual, communicative, psychosocial, and vocational skills.
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Musculoskeletal injuries: Joel M. Press, MD
Medical Director, Spine & Sports Rehabilitation Center
Dr. Press is the Medical Director overseeing overseeing the care of international patients with musculoskeletal injuries. RIC and its Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Center treat the full spectrum of musculoskeletal injuries, including injuries to the bones, muscle joints, and connective tissues.
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Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle is the Business Process Manager for Global Patient Services. Before coming into this role, he worked at RIC for over a decade as a Spanish medical interpreter and continues to train medical interpreters through the City Colleges and area interpreter agencies. Matt coordinates the intake process for individuals inquiring about rehabilitation services and is often the first person our patients meet when seeking care at RIC. Matt assists patients, family members and referring healthcare professionals with their initial questions and provides seamless access to the most appropriate RIC treatment team. Matt also takes lead on the interpreting and care management needs for all of our Latin American patients. Matt’s knowledge of travel, housing, community services and RIC programs insures that your very first contact with RIC will be handled with compassion and efficiency.
Con todo gusto, Matt le puede facilitar su ingreso al Instituto de Rehabilitación de Chicago (RIC por siglas en inglés) y le acompañará del inicio al final de su tratamiento para asegurar que reciba la más alta calidad de servicio y rehabilitación. Matt lleva más de una década trabajando en el RIC, primero como intérprete y traductor español/inglés y ahora como coordinador en el departamento internacional del hospital. Además de su trabajo en el RIC, Matt es profesor de interpretación médica y por eso conoce bien la importancia de poder comunicarse en el idioma que el paciente prefiere, para que en los momentos difíciles uno puede expresarse cómodamente y claramente. Aunque en Chicago sí hace bastante frío en el invierno, Matt hará todo lo posible para brindarle un calor humano que le aliente en su rehabilitación sin importar la estación del año.
Rebecca Brashler is the Director of Global Patient Services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and has more than 30 years of experience in Rehabilitation. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the former Director of Care Management at RIC. Rebecca is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Feinberg School of Medicine. She holds a secondary appointment in the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program and is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. She provides Medical Ethics Consultations through the Donnelley Ethics Program at RIC. Ms Brashler’s clinical expertise is in the area of family functioning following catastrophic injury/illness, global health, care of military patients and workers compensation.
Claire Carlstedt is a Licensed Social Worker with more than twenty years of experience in social work and rehabilitation care management. Ms Carlstedt is currently RIC’s lead Care Manager for International Patients and has wide-ranging experience working with patients of all ages and diagnostic groups. She has particular expertise in managing patients sponsored by foreign embassies and international insurance providers; coordination of all aspects of international care including overseas travel, visa procurement, housing, cultural orientation, language interpretation and long distance discharge planning.
Nick Fonner is a licensed social worker who joined the RIC Global Patient Services team in 2012. He has close to 10 years of experience as a Rehabilitation Case Manager primarily in the private worker’s compensation industry with experience in catastrophic injuries, needs assessments, crisis counseling, growth planning, transitional living, service coordination and cost management. Nick is a former member of the USA Wheelchair Rugby Team and Manager for the Chicago Bears Wheelchair Rugby Team in Chicago.