RIC Expert Team for International Patients - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Global Patient Services is here to help with travel to Chicago, housing, admitting, and financing.


RIC Global Patient Services
345 East Superior Street 
South Mezzanine
Chicago, IL 60611

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 Expert Team for International Patients

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 

Medical Directors oversee specific, multidisciplinary care teams for every international patient.

Pediatric rehabilitation: Gadi A. Revivo, DO

Gadi A. Revivo, DOAssistant Medical Director, Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Program

View Dr. Revivo's RIC Profile

Spinal cord injuries: David Chen, MD

David Chen, MDMedical 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.

View Dr. Chen's RIC Profile

Patient recovery: Elliot J. Roth, MD

David Chen, MDMedical Director, Patient Recovery Unit

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Brain injuries: David L. Ripley, MD

David L. Ripley, MDMedical 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.

View Dr. Ripley's RIC Profile

Musculoskeletal injuries: Joel M. Press, MD

Joel M. Press, MDMedical 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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Care Managers

Suzanne Bryant

Suzanne Bryant is the Business Process Manager for Global Patient Services. She has been at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) for over 5 years and was previously the Executive Assistance for the hospital’s leadership team. Suzanne coordinates the intake process for individuals inquiring about rehabilitation services and is often the first person our patients meet when seeking care at RIC. Suzanne assists patients, family members and referring healthcare professionals with their initial questions and provides seamless access to the most appropriate RIC treatment team. Suzanne’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.

Rebecca Brashler

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

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.

Maram Baker

Maram Baker is the Coordinator of Interpreter Services in Global Patient Services at RIC. Maram manages our internal and external interpreters and schedules telephonic interpreters, face-to-face interpreters and translators for patients who travel from around the world. Maram is also a certified Medical Arabic Interpreter and assists with Gulf State Patients and their family members throughout their stay in Chicago. She works closely with our concierge consultants to insure that patients from the Gulf receive compassionate, quality care from the moment they are picked up at the airport and escorted to their local housing to their last days at RIC as they prepare to return to their home countries.

Nick Fonner

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.