Dr. David Chen

David Chen, MD

Position George M. Eisenberg Chair
Practicing since 1991
Joined staff in 1991
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About Me

About Me

David Chen, MD, is the George M. Eisenberg Chair at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Dr. Chen is not only a clinician, but a researcher. As the project director for the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (MRSCICS), a federal program of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) which designates RIC one of 14 model systems of care in the U.S., he leads investigators in the study of robotic walking therapy and bringing promising treatments from the laboratory to clinical trial phase to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Chen has published over 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 10 chapters in medical textbooks on various subjects related to spinal cord medicine. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1979 - 1983
    University of Illinois - Champaign, Finance
    1983 - 1987
    University of Illinois - Chicago, Medicine


    1987 - 1991
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Honors & Awards

  • Top Doctor
    Chicago Magazine, 2007
  • Bronze Tablet
    University of Illinois, 1979 - 1983

Certificates & Licenses

  • Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Board Certified, Spinal Cord Medicine
    American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation