Shirley Ryan AbilityLab - Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Neurorehabilitation

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, an affiliate of Northwestern University, is offering a one-year fellowship in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Movement Disorders Neurorehabilitation, held annually starting in July 2021.

This program is the first-ever fellowship program dedicated to training physiatrists in the principles of neurorehabilitation as applied to PD and movement disorders. The field of movement disorders includes Parkinson’s disease, atypical parkinsonian syndromes, tremors, dystonia, gait disorders, Huntington’s disease, functional movement disorders, spasticity, and other movement-related conditions. This fellowship program will provide an educational training experience incorporating didactics, clinical care management, scientific research, and mentorship opportunities.
The clinical experience will encompass the continuum of rehabilitative care for individuals with PD and movement disorders and management across the disease spectrum, from early interventions to advanced care. Rotations will occur at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab outpatient clinics, inpatient units, and Day Rehabilitation facilities as well as the Northwestern Medicine Neurology/Movement Disorders clinics. Fellow will also work with the neurology department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which is ranked number 5 in the US for neurology. The fellowship is designed to provide a comprehensive educational experience that will prepare the trainee with the evaluation and management skills needed to provide optimal care to patients with PD and movement disorders.


Shirley Ryan Ability Lab is a great hospital located in the heart of Chicago. Our hospital is currently ranked as the #1 rehabilitation hospital in the United States on the US News annual hospital rank list, a title it has held for the last 31 consecutive years. Both facilities are located in the Streeterville area of downtown Chicago, IL, just north of where the Chicago River meets lake Michigan. Near by attractions include the Magnificent Mile aka Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, and the John Hancock Center Observation Deck aka 360 Chicago.

Applications will open from July 2022 to January 2023. Applicants are expected to submit a letter of interest, personal statement, Curriculum Vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, and relevant exam scores. Applicants may be interested in joining International Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) and AAPMR/AOCPMR.

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For more information, please see the official fellowship information page. Questions can be directed to our program director, Jennifer G. Goldman, MD, MS

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