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Officer Tyler Bailey’s poses for a photo with his well-wishers

Watch: Officer Tyler Bailey’s Sendoff

In December 2021, Tyler Bailey — a police officer from Bradley, Ill. — sustained a traumatic brain injury in the line of duty. After nearly a year of intensive inpatient and DayRehab therapy, Officer Bailey recently said goodbye to his Shirley Ryan AbilityLab care team as his colleagues escorted him home.


Wearable Sensors in Pediatrics

Wearable Sensor and Video Platform to Monitor Motor Development in Infants

Currently, detection of abnormal motor behavior and development often relies on observation based clinical assessments, which may be administered late (or not at all), require specialized training, or have lower sensitivity for mild symptoms. There remains a need for more accessible and robust tools capable of detecting atypical behavior early in infancy, which is critical for promoting optimal motor and sensory development.


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“Fore!” Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Game-Changing Golf Partnerships & Research

When the USGA started its first Adaptive Open, who did they trust to classify the competitors with disabilities? The physiatrists and physical therapists of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, of course!


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OT Emily Sanders Featured in FOX 32 Story on Special Friendship Between Patients

FOX 32 Chicago recently profiled Sam Matthews and Hunter Valles — two men in their 20s who forged a close friendship at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab as they recovered from burn injuries. The story features Emily Sanders, senior occupational therapist, 20th Floor, who treated Sam and Hunter.


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In the News: NBC News Features Dr. Jenna Sarna on Psychological Care for Survivors of Gun Violence

A recent story on NBCNews.com highlighted how some unique organizations — including Shirley Ryan AbilityLab — provide psychological treatment, in addition to traditional physical therapy, to patients who survive gun violence. For instance, Jenna Sarna, Psy.D. manager, Psychology/Patient Family Counseling, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, described the psychological support services that she and her colleagues provide these patients.


Dr. Ishan Roy

Meet Dr. Ishan Roy — Physician-Scientist Researching Cachexia, a Cancer-Related Muscle Wasting

After officially joining Shirley Ryan AbilityLab as an attending physician-scientist in 2021, Ishan Roy, MD, PhD, practices clinically in the Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic and focuses his research on cachexia (pronounced ca-kex-ia).


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Dr. Ishan Roy Featured in National Cancer Institute’s Cancer.gov Article on Cachexia

In a recent article published on the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer.gov website, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Ishan Roy, MD, PhD, attending physician, Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic, and research scientist, was featured prominently as an expert on cachexia — a cancer-related muscle-wasting syndrome.


Rob Heitz swimming in Lake Michigan

Recovered quadriplegic from Chicago prepares to swim in San Francisco Bay to raise awareness of paralysis. ‘Doesn’t surprise me a bit,’ says mom.

From the beach where he swims on Lake Michigan, Rob Heitz can point out the green facade of the rehabilitation hospital where he began his recovery journey after being paralyzed from the neck down 19 years ago.


Megalodon youth adaptive swim team

Youth Adaptive Swim Team Earns Outstanding Results at Junior Nationals

Six members of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's recreational swim program — the Megalodons (named for the largest shark of all time, which lived at the time of dinosaurs) — recently won an outstanding 12 medals in Paralympic events at the Moved United Junior Nationals in Denver.