Dr. Ishan Roy

Ishan Roy, MD, PhD

Position Attending Physician, Research Scientist
Practicing since 2020
Joined staff in 2020
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About Me

About Me

Ishan Roy, MD, PhD, is an attending physician and research scientist in the field of cancer rehabilitation and muscle wasting disorders. He received his MD and PhD from the Medical College of Wisconsin and then completed the five year Physician Scientist Training Program/Research Residency Track in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University.

Clinically, Dr. Roy sees cancer patients with rehabilitation needs, including both patients with active disease and in the survivorship phase. Dr. Roy's research focuses on understanding the physiologic mechanisms that cause functional decline. In particular, he focuses on cachexia, a muscle wasting disorder present in many patients with chronic diseases. His laboratory's goal is to develop new therapies for rehabilitating from cancer, cachexia and other chronic disease related impairments.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie Street

Evanston, IL 60611

Education & Training



    2004 - 2008
    Case Western Reserve University Bachelor of Science
    2008 - 2016
    Medical College of Wisconsin Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy
    Clinical Training


    2016 - 2017
    Medical College of Wisconsin Internal Medicine Internship
    2017 - 2021
    NU/SRAlab Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency, Physician Scientist Training Program

Honors & Awards

  • William Randolph Heart Resident Award
  • Walter E. Heller Chief Resident Award
  • Richard S. Materson ERF New Investigator Award from Foundation for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR)
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • Society for Sarcopenia, Cachexia, and Wasting Diseases
  • Cancer Cachexia Society
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Translational Cancer Rehabilitation Lab

Our lab studies the physiologic mechanisms that lead to change in physical or cognitive function for patients with cancer. In particular, we are currently focused on cachexia syndrome, a muscle wasting disorder that affects a majority of patients with cancer, along with many other chronic disease.

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