Dr. David Ripley

David L. Ripley, MD, MS

Position Section Chief, Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Director, Workers Compensation Physician Practice
Program Director, James and Carmelita O’Boyle Fellowship in Brain Injury Medicine
Practicing since 1996
Joined staff in 2012
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About Me

About Me

David Ripley, MD, MS, CRC, FAAPMR, is the Section Chief of Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation and Medical Director of the Workers Compensation Physician Practice at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Dr. Ripley is board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Brain Injury Medicine. At Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, he holds an academic appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of PM&R, and is Program Director for the James and Carmelita O’Boyle Fellowship in Brain Injury Medicine.

Dr. Ripley’s clinical work involves the management of patients with traumatic brain injury throughout the continuum of their recovery, beginning with acute care consultation in the ICU, through inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, community reintegration and return to work or school as appropriate. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on issues related to neurorehabilitation, and is an internationally recognized lecturer. Dr. Ripley’s primary research interest is the interaction between hormone function and brain injury — particularly how it affects fatigue and functional outcomes. He also has conducted several clinical trials on medications used for issues related to brain injury.

He earned his Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University and his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Va.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1985 - 1989
    Emory University, BA, Psychology
    1990 - 1991
    Georgia State University, MS, Rehabilitation Counseling
    1992 - 1996
    Medical College of Georgia, MD


    1996 - 1997
    Medical College of Georgia, Internal Medicine


    1997 - 1999
    Medical College of Virginia Hospital, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    1999 - 2000
    Medical College of Virginia Hospital, Chief Resident, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation