Elliot J. Roth, MD is the Paul B. Magnuson Professor and chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and co-medical director of the Brain Innovation Center of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), where he also previously served as former senior vice president and medical director. He is project director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Health and Function in Persons with Physical Disabilities, funded by the US National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). He is the former Project Director of the “Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Stroke,” and also the “Midwest Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System.” He also leads several other research projects, funded by Federal agencies and private foundations, primarily focused on neurorehabilitation. Dr. Roth is actively involved in patient care, teaching, research, program leadership, and community service.
He has an active medical practice, specializing in the care and treatment of patients with a variety of physically disabling conditions, focusing predominantly on the rehabilitation management of patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and a number of other neurological conditions. He is actively involved in teaching Residents, Medical Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, other Physicians, Allied Health Professionals, and the general public. He directs weekly Chairman’s Rounds with Medical Students and Residents, a monthly Fellow Seminar, daily clinical teaching rounds, and many didactic lectures. He is internationally recognized as an expert in rehabilitation of people with stroke. He is a frequent invited guest speaker, visiting professor, and expert panel member. Dr. Roth has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers, invited review articles, book chapters, and other articles in medical rehabilitation. He has one patent, for a device to assist people with quadriplegia to improve their breathing function.
Dr. Roth specializes in the rehabilitation of patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and other disabling conditions. His research and academic interests are in the areas of novel methods to enhance recovery, improve functional outcomes and prevent associated medical conditions for people with disabling conditions.