Dr. Deborah Gaebler-Spira

Display Name Deborah Gaebler-Spira, MD

Position Director, Cerebral Palsy Program
Professor of Pediatrics and PM&R, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Pediatric Amputee Chief
Practicing since 1985
Joined staff in 1985
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About Me

About Me

Dr. Deborah Gaebler-Spira is a Professor of Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has worked with families and children with cerebral palsy over the last 30 years. She has actively collaborated with pediatric neurology, pediatric orthopedics and pediatric neurosurgery to provide integrated care that maximizes the child's potential for function. In addition she has collaborated with the Sensory Motor performance lab to include children in the study of spasticity and robotics. She has been active in the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy as president and now as chairman of the publication committee and member of the Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology editorial board. In the past she served as the AAPMR liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics section on Children with Disability. Locally she has been on the Pathways Awareness Foundation board.




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Education & Training



    1970 - 1974
    University of Illinois, Zoology
    1975 - 1979
    University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, MD


    1979 - 1982
    University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics, Residency in Pediatrics
    1982 - 1985
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Honors & Awards

  • Goldstein Award
    United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 2005
  • Pathways Pioneer Award
    Pathways, 2013

Certificates & Licenses

  • Board Certified in Pediatrics
    American Board of Pediatrics
  • Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitiation
    American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Board Certified in Pediatric Rehabilitaion Medicine
    American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  • Transforming Healthcare for Women with Disabilities
    Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation
    , 2015 - 2018

Research Interests

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spasticity
  • Early Identification of Cerebral Palsy


  • Dr. Gaebler seeing patients 15 months and younger.