Dr. Deena Hassaballa

Deena Hassaballa, DO

Position Brain Injury Medicine Attending Physician in the Brain Innovation Center,

Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Practicing since 2010
Joined staff in 2018

About Me

About Me

Dr. Hassaballa is dedicated to a compassionate and holistic approach to healing. She enjoys creating partnerships with her patients and incorporating their input into their plans of care, while considering all options such as lifestyle changes, medications, evidence-based nutritional supplements, and non-traditional treatments such as acupuncture. Dr. Hassaballa is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as sub-specialty Board certified in Brain Injury Medicine by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her specialty includes stroke rehab, acute concussion, spasticity, and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.

Dr. Hassaballa is a native of Chicagoland. Dr. Hassaballa obtained her medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in 2010. In 2011, she rotated as an Osteopathic Intern at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. She continued her training at Loyola University Medical Center in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from 2011-2014 where she served as chief resident for the 2013-2014 academic year. During her residency training she participated in multiple research projects and has twice received awards for Excellence in research from Loyola University Medical Center. In addition, she won the award for Chief resident excellence award in 2014. Dr. Hassaballa then completed a fellowship in Brain Injury Medicine at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital in 2015.


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Education & Training



    2002 - 2005
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, CUM LAUDE, University of Illinois at Chicago
    2006 - 2010
    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine D.O., Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
    Medical Training


    2010 - 2011
    Traditional Rotating Osteopathic Intern, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago
    2011 - 2014
    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident, Loyola University Medical Center, Illinois Chief Resident for 2013-14 Academic Year
    2014 - 2015
    Brain Injury Medicine Fellow, Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Georgetown University

Honors & Awards

  • Chief Resident Excellence Award
    Loyola University Medical Center, 2014
  • Excellence in Research
    Loyola University Medical Center, 2013
  • Excellence in Research
    Loyola University Medical Center, 2012


  • Sub-specialty Board Certified in Brain Injury Medicine
    ABPMR, 2018
    ABPMR, 2016 & 2017