Dr. Richard Harvey

Display Name Richard L. Harvey, MD

Position Medical Director, Center for Stroke Rehabilitation
Wesley and Suzanne Dixon Stroke Chair
Practicing since 1992
Joined staff in 1992
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About Me

About Me

Dr. Harvey is the Section Chief of Stroke Rehabilitation at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and the Wesley and Suzanne Dixon Stroke Chair of Stroke Rehabilitation Research.  He is Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  Dr. Harvey earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed residency training at the University of Toledo School of Medicine.  He had additional research training as a research fellow at RIC and Northwestern University from 1992-93 and participated in the Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Association of Academic Physiatrists.  He is the winner of the Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research in 1994, the Mentor of the Year Award in 2006, The Golden Apple award for excellence in resident teaching in 2010, and Teacher of the Year in 2016. His research focuses on novel approaches to task oriented therapy and the role of neuromodulation as an adjunct to movement recovery after stroke.  He is the lead investigator of the NICHE and E-FIT Multicenter Trials on navigated brain stimulation for upper limb recovery after stroke. He also has additional research interest in neuromodulation for post-stroke dysphagia, pain management after stroke and the treatment of limb spasticitiy for both arm and leg.  Dr. Harvey is co-editor of the textbook Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation. He is also co-author on the recently published updated guidelines for stroke rehabilitation in the American Heart Association Stroke Journal. He is past Chairman of the Stroke and Neurological Diseases special interest group of the Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and currently chairs the Clinical Rehabilitation section of the program committee for the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference.  He is also the  Director of the Department of PM&R resident research training program for the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1984 - 1988
    University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, MD


    1988 - 1989
    University of Toledo Medical School, Intern
    1988 - 1992
    University of Toledo Medical School, Resident


    1992 - 1993
    RIC, Stroke Rehabilitation
    1993 - 1994
    Northwestern University Medical School, Stroke Rehabilitation Research
    1997 - 2000
    National Cneter for Medical Rehabilitation Research/National Institute of Health, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Advanced Stroke Research Fellowship

Honors & Awards

  • Teacher of the Year
    Department of PM&R, RIC, 2016
  • Teacher of the Year
    Department of PM&R, RIC, 2010
  • Residency Program Mentor of the Year Award
    Department of PM&R, RIC, 2006
  • Stroke Chair, RIC
    Wesley and Suzanne Dixon, 1997 - Present
  • Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research
    RIC, 1994

Certificates & Licenses

  • Board Certified
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Licence, Physician and Surgeon Illinois