Peggy Kirk

Peggy Kirk

Position Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President
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About Me

About Me

Peggy Kirk, RN, leverages her deep clinical and leadership experience to direct Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s clinical operations. As part of this role, she oversees all clinical areas including Inpatient, Outpatient, DayRehab and partnerships with acute care hospitals. Collectively, these clinical teams care for more than 50,000 patients from around the world annually, while achieving industry-leading marks in patient satisfaction.

Serving as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President since 2007, she was an instrumental member of the Executive Steering Committee for Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s $550 million, 1.2-million-square-foot facility, which opened in 2017 as the first-ever translational research hospital. In this capacity, she led the evolution of clinical treatment models to align with the hospital’s vision of applied-research rehabilitation, while developing process and systems changes to facilitate this vision. She also led the two-year activation plan, guiding thousands of staff to prepare for the patient move to the new facility, which took place over the course of a single morning.   

Peggy joined Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) in 1981 as a Staff Nurse for the hospital’s spinal cord injury program. While in this role, she served as co-investigator on externally funded grants and also co-authored Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide to Rehabilitation Nursing, as well as a number of peer-reviewed articles on various rehabilitation topics. In the years that followed, she held diverse roles in virtually every segment of the hospital’s clinical enterprise — from Corporate Director for Inpatient Services to Vice President of Operations for various divisions, including DayRehab and Strategic Alliances.

Peggy earned her BS in Nursing from Northwestern University.   


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Professional Associations



    1976 - 1980
    Nursing, Northwestern University

Work History

  • 2002
    Vice President, Clinical Operations
  • 1986
    Nurse Manager
  • 1981
    Staff Nurse