Dr. Zev Rymer

William Zev Rymer, MD, PhD

Director, Research Planning Engineering in Neuroscience
Professor PM&R, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Sensory Motor Performance Program (SMPP)
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About Me

W. Zev Rymer, M.D., Ph.D., has lent his expertise and leadership first to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and then to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab for the last quarter century. He was the second scientist hired by the organization and is a founding force behind the growth and success of our research enterprise, to date the largest and most internationally revered of its kind. He served RIC as Chief Scientist for nine years, transitioning to his current role as Director of Research Planning in July 2014. Today he also continues to lead his renowned Sensory Motor Performance Program (SMPP) laboratories. In addition, Dr. Rymer served as RIC’s John G. Searle Chair in Rehabilitation Research, stepping down in July 2014.

In addition to his research roles, Dr. Rymer holds appointments as professor of physiology and biomedical engineering at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and at the Edward Hines, Jr., Veterans Administration Hines Hospital, Hines, Illinois. His laboratory receives support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a number of research-oriented foundations and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Rymer earned his medical degree from Melbourne University and his Ph.D. in neurophysiology from Monash University, both in Australia. After postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University Medical School, he became an assistant professor of neurosurgery and physiology at the State University of New York, Syracuse. In 1978, he came to Chicago as an assistant professor of physiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and he remained as a faculty member in physiology until his appointment at the RIC in 1989.

Location

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training

    Education

    Credential

    Melbourne University
    1967 - 1972
    PhD Neuroscience, Monash University, Australia
    1972 - 1976
    Neuroscience, NIH
    Fellowship

    Credential

    1971 - 1974
    Neuroscience, NIH

Recent Publications

A Unifying Pathophysiological Account for Post-stroke Spasticity and Disordered Motor Control.
Li S, Chen YT, Francisco GE, Zhou P, Rymer WZ
doi: 10.3389/fneur.2019.00468
Stride management assist exoskeleton vs functional gait training in stroke: A randomized trial.
Jayaraman A, O'Brien MK, Madhavan S, Mummidisetty CK, Roth HR, Hohl K, Tapp A, Brennan K, Kocherginsky M, Williams KJ, Takahashi H, Rymer WZ
doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000006782

Work History

  • 1989 - 2014
    Director of Research
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • 1977 - `
    Professor, Physiology
    FSM