Dr. Samuel Chu

Samuel Chu, MD

Position Program Director, Sports Fellowship | Associate Program Director, PM&R Residency | Assistant Professor, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Practicing since 2016
Joined staff in 2016
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About Me

About Me

Dr. Chu completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He has held multiple leadership positions including chief resident as well as Vice President of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) Resident Physician Council. He teaches musculoskeletal ultrasound nationally and currently serves as the Co-Course Director for AAPM&R Step One Ultrasound Course. He was previously the representative from the Association of Academic Physiatrists to the American Medical Association. Dr. Chu has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles with particular interests in musculoskeletal ultrasound, outcomes research as well as medical education. He is the program director for the Sports Medicine fellowship at Northwestern McGaw Medical Center/Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60610

Education & Training



    2002 - 2006
    Yale University, Bachelor of Arts
    2007 - 2011
    Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School, Doctor of Medicine


    2011 - 2015
    Northwestern McGaw Medical Center / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


    2015 - 2016
    Northwestern McGaw Medical Center / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Sports Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Teacher of the Year
    Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, 2018
  • Sarah Baskin Resident Research Award
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2015
  • Walter E. Heller Chief Resident Award
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2014
  • Harris Resident Award
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2013

Certificates & Licenses

  • Licensed Physician and Surgeon
    State of Illinois
  • Board Certified
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Board Certified
    Sports Medicine

Research Interests

  • Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Medical Education and Curricular Development
  • Benefits of activity and sports on health