Steven Nussbaum

Steven Nussbaum, MD

Position Attending Physician
Practicing since 1992
Joined staff in 1995
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About Me

About Me

Dr. Nussbaum is an Attending Physician for Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Previously, Dr. Nussbaum has served as Medical Director of the Consultation service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. The consultation service provides input to the management of conditions including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, major multiple trauma, amputations, orthopedic injuries, strokes, cancer, transplants, and severe debility. Dr. Nussbaum served as Chief of Staff at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab) from 2009-2011 and has held numerous academic appointments, including Director of Medical Student Education for PM&R at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has published numerous book chapters and peer reviewed articles related to the evaluation and treatment of spinal cord injury. He lectures extensively on spinal cord injury related topics.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1979 - 1983
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, BS in Biology
    1983 - 1988
    University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine


    1988 - 1992
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Honors & Awards

  • Residency Program Mentor of the Year Award
    Department of PM&R, RIC, 2007
  • Teacher of the Year
    Department of PM&R, RIC, 1999
  • Medical Student Teaching Award
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 1999
  • Henry and Monika Betts Medical Student Education Chair
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1997 - 2006

Certificates & Licenses

  • Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Subspecialty Certified, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
  • License, Physician and Surgeon
    State of Illinois