Dr. Monica Rho

Display Name Monica Rho, MD

Position Attending Physician

Reva and David Logan Section Chief of Musculoskeletal Medicine

Associate Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Practicing since 2010
Joined staff in 2010
Phone Number Description Phone

Telephone Number

1-844-355-ABLE

About Me

About Me

Dr. Monica Rho is Chief of Musculoskeletal Medicine, Director of Residency Training, and Director of Women’s Sports Medicine at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Dr. Rho is a Sports Medicine Physician in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Northwestern University.

Currently, she serves as the Team Physician for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and travelled with them to the 2019 World Cup in France where the team won its fourth title, a new record. She is also a member of the U.S. Soccer Medical Advisory Board. Previously, she served as the Team Physician for the U.S. Men’s Paralympic Soccer Team and represented the United States as part of the medical team at the 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Her research interests include neuromuscular control of the hip in the setting of femoroacetabular impingement; use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in improving medical education, and injury epidemiology and prevention in Paralympic athletes.

Her approach to care is guided by patients’ personal goals in returning to their best functional ability. As an extension of her physical examination of the patient, she can also use ultrasound in the assessment of the dynamic musculoskeletal system. Although Dr. Rho seeks to offer patients the least invasive methods of treatment, she is also trained in lumbar spine injections, peripheral joint injections and soft tissue injections of the musculoskeletal system.

In addition, Dr. Rho frequently sees patients from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Performing Arts Medicine program, previously serving as company physician for the Joffrey Ballet and Blue Man Group.

Dr. Rho earned her BA in Psychology from Northwestern University and her MD from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her internship at Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical Center in Evanston, Ill., her residency in PM&R at Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical Center at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and went on to do a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Interventional Spine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. She is board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

A natural teacher and mentor, Dr. Rho has been honored repeatedly for both: Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (2012, 2014); Mentor of the Year, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (2013, 2015, 2016); Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Best Teachers at Feinberg Award (2015); and Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators Outstanding Teacher Award (2016).

Location

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training

    Education

    Credential

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

    Credential

    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
    Fellowship

    Credential

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

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), 2012, 2014
  • Mentor of the Year Award
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Best Teachers at Feinberg Award
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2015
  • Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators Outstanding Teacher Award
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 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