Jean Vander Sanden

Jean Vander Sanden, PT

Position Vice President, Clinical Operations

About Me

About Me

As Vice President, Clinical Operations, Jean Vander Sanden, PT, manages a variety of patient-care areas, as well as the administration of efficient clinical operations — focused on inpatient therapy and ancillary services; inpatient and outpatient access; outpatient therapy; quality and outcomes; clinical regulatory functions; accreditation; and allied health professional development. She leads a diverse team of clinicians to ensure a best-in-class experience for all Shirley Ryan AbilityLab patients. 

A physical therapist by training, Jean joined Shirley Ryan AbilityLab two decades ago. For five years, she oversaw the organization’s DayRehab program, including the redesign and build of several sites. Additionally, for three years prior to her current role, she served as Executive Director of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab alliance with UChicago Medicine, which she helped to establish and grow. In this role, she was responsible for inpatient acute rehabilitation at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial and for medical-surgical and outpatient therapy throughout the UChicago system of care. 

Jean received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Benedictine University, her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in Iowa. Since 1998, she has served as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. 


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Professional Associations



    1989 - 1993
    Health Science, Illinois Benedictine College
    1993 - 1995
    Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Washington University
    2005 - 2007
    Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Des Moines University


  • Member
    APTA, 1998

Work History

  • 2019 - 2023
    Executive Director, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab alliance with UChicago Medicine
  • 2015 - 2019
    Administrative Director Day Rehabilitation, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • 2003 - 2015
    Clinical Manager Homewood DayRehab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • 1998 - 2003
    Clinical Manager/Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Achievement Center
  • 1995 - 1998
    Physical Therapist, Christ Hospital