Emily Kivlehan, MD

Emily Kivlehan, MD

Position Attending Physician
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About Me

About Me

Emily Kivlehan, MD is an attending physician in pediatric rehabilitation medicine at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University/Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and her pediatric rehabilitation medicine fellowship at Harvard Medical School / Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr. Kivlehan is passionate about optimizing the quality of life and daily function of children with disabilities and life altering diagnoses. She values family-focused care with an emphasis on shared decision making. Dr. Kivlehan works with a wide variety of diagnoses; specific clinical interests include cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, infant rehabilitation and the early detection of cerebral palsy. She is an attending on the inpatient rehabilitation unit for several months a year, performs chemodenervation injections, performs inpatient consultations at multiple local children's hospitals, serves as the physician for Homewood and Streeterville Pediatric Day Rehabilitation, and has weekly outpatient clinic at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Flagship Hospital.

She has represented PM&R nationally on the ACGME residency review committee and through numerous leadership roles with national PM&R organizations. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of Education for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine AAPM&R Community.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 E Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training

    Residency and Fellowship


    2020 - 2022
    Fellow, Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
    2016 - 2020
    Resident, McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University/Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


    2012 - 2016
    MD, Doctor of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine
    2011 - 2012
    MS, Biophysics and Physiology, Georgetown University
    2007 - 2011
    BS, Biology, Siena College

Honors & Awards

  • Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME) Inductee
  • William Randolph Heart Resident Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Inductee

Professional Affiliations

  • Vice Chair of Education for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine AAPM&R Community
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • American Academy of Pediatrics