Shirley Ryan AbilityLab again has been recognized as the national leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation, topping the U.S. News & World Report list for the 33rd consecutive year. It remains the only hospital of any kind to hold this distinction.
In February, we celebrate our recreation therapist and sports coordinators during Recreation Therapy Month. Shirley Ryan AbilityLab recreation therapists and sports coordinators work with patients across our continuum of care: Inpatient, DayRehab and Outpatient settings.
Nicole found support through Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Vocational Rehabilitation program. With guidance from her vocational counselor, Nicole navigated workplace accommodations and secured funding for car modifications.
Recreation therapists and sports coordinators at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab are part of the Therapeutic Recreation (T-Rec) team, who use physical activity-based interventions to address the health, well-being, and physical and psychological needs of patients. In the process, they promote individuals’ functioning and independence in life activities.
Dr. Ishan Roy's team uses this model to rapidly test individual therapies to identify ideal treatment approaches. Their insights are leading to greater understanding of the science behind cancer-related weight.
loss and greater recovery for cancer patients.
Dr. Colin Franz is developing organoids — artificially grown masses of cells or tissue that resemble organs — to see whether this technique can contribute to life-changing discoveries for our patients.
Dr. R. James Cotton explores innovative methods, including smartphone and video camera technologies combined with artificial intelligence, to provide clinicians with practical, cost-effective tools for studying motion and tracking changes in gait.