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Dave Takes Big Step in Journey From Limb Loss to Lawyer

Thirty-five-year-old Dave J. graduated from law school with hopes of embarking on a legal career. However, a congenital heart defect slowed Dave’s progress toward becoming a lawyer. He was told he needed a heart transplant. Read Dave's full story.

Patient Story

Nancy W. Knowles Strength + Endurance Lab Group

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Physician-Scientist Visits Congress to Advocate for Patients

Dr. Jayabalan provided insight about the Committee’s focus on advocating for three areas of healthcare reform, including reform to prior authorization — a process requiring approval for treatments and medications by health insurance carriers before a patient receives care.



Meet Mentees from the 2024 Global Sports Mentoring Program Class

Meet Mian Absar Ali of Pakistan and Omar Hegazy of Egypt, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s mentees from the Global Sports Mentoring Program Class of 2024. They recently visited Washington, D.C., to present plans to expand access to adaptive athletics in their home countries.


Stroke Recovery

Can A Stroke Happen At Any Age?

Read the interview with Richard Harvey, MD, clinical chair of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Brain Innovation Center, about stroke in younger people.


Richard Harvey, MD

Ask the Expert: Richard Harvey, MD, on Stroke Recovery and Research

In conjunction with American Stroke Month in May, our latest featured expert is Richard Harvey, MD, clinical chair of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Brain Innovation Center. He provides insight about stroke rehabilitation; promising stroke research and innovation; locked-in syndrome (LIS); and more.


Doctor and patient

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Announces New Combined Residency for Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is joining forces with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University to offer a new, Chicago-based five-year combined residency program in pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).


Jordan walking

Newlywed Jordan Embraces New Beginnings Following Stroke At 29

Jordan came to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab for her stroke recovery, which included two multi-week inpatient stays at the flagship hospital in Chicago.

Patient Story

Golf swing

Four Exercises to Improve Your Golf Game

Golf requires greater physical fitness than many people realize. Explore our guide of four exercises to improve your golf game!


Lauren Henderson

Lauren Henderson’s “My Why”: From Pediatric Patient to OT Practice

Learn more about Lauren Henderson and how she harnesses the emotions — from fear to hope — she felt while a patient into her role as a Shirley Ryan AbilityLab occupational therapist, treating patients who have experienced spinal cord injuries (SCI).


Kylee DeWitt

A Day in the Life: Kylee DeWitt, Speech-Language Pathologist

Follow along for a day in the life of Kylee DeWitt, a Speech-Language Pathologist at our Streeterville DayRehab Center in Chicago.


Henry golfing

Watch: How Henry Went from Golf Caddy to Patient to Competitor

Through intensive therapy, Henry has worked hard to regain the ability to speak, walk, use his arms and to participate in his favorite sport — golf.

Patient Story

FOX 32 Chicago Segment

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Research Scientist and Patient Featured in FOX 32 Chicago Segment About Self-Driving Wheelchair Technology

A recent “Breaking Barriers” segment on FOX 32 Chicago showcased an assistive technology “gamechanger” currently in development at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab — the autonomous, self-driving wheelchair.