Dr. Monica Rho

Display Name Monica Rho, MD

Position Attending Physician
Chief of Musculoskeletal Medicine, Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Center
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Practicing since 2010
Joined staff in 2010
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About Me

About Me

Dr. Monica Rho is a Sports Medicine Physician in the Department of PM&R at Northwestern University. She serves as the Head Team Physician for the US Men's Paralympic Soccer Team and is a member of the US Soccer Medical Advisory Board. She represented the US as part of the medical team at the 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio, Brazil. She is an active part of RIC's Performing Arts Medicine Program and serves as one of the company physicians for the Joffrey Ballet, Lookingglass Theater, and Blue Man Group. She has also been a volunteer physician at the Chicago Marathon for many years. She is the Chief of Musculoskeletal Medicine and the Director of the Women's Sports Medicine Program at RIC. Dr. Rho's approach to patient care integrates her own clinical examination and the patients' personal goals to return her patients to the best of their functional ability. She also utilizes musculoskeletal ultrasound in her assessment of certain conditions. She aims to offer her patients the least invasive methods of treatment possible to bring them back to where they want to be, but she is also trained in lumbar spine injections, peripheral joint injections, and soft tissue injections of the musculoskeletal system.


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Education & Training



    1998 - 2001
    Northwestern University, Psychology
    2001 - 2005
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Medicine


    2005 - 2006
    Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center - Evanston Hospital, Internship
    2006 - 2009
    Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


    2009 - 2010
    Washington University School of Medicine, Sports Medicine and Interventional Spine

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    , 2014
  • Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators Outstanding Teacher Award
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2016
  • Mentor of the Year Award
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2015 - 2016
  • K-12 Research Grant
    National Institute of Health, 2013 - 2016

Certificates & Licenses

  • Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Board Certified, Sports Medicine
    American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Research Interests

  • Neuromuscular control of the hip in the setting of femoroacetabular impingement
  • Utilization of musculoskeletal ultrasound in improving medical education
  • Injury epidemiology and prevention in paralympic athletes