The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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14 Jul 2016

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is an independent, 501(c)3, non-profit organization. It is the world’s leading hospital and research enterprise in physical medicine and rehabilitation, having virtually defined the entire field during the last half of the 20th century. RIC also embodies the future of rehabilitation care, and possesses the intellectual, physical, human, brand, and spiritual capital to sustain and advance this worthy cause for an underserved population.

The Medical Program for Performing Artists (MPPA), founded in 1985 at Northwestern by Dr. Alice Brandfonbrener, has been a part of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago since 1990. Dr. Brandfonbrener is known nationally and internationally for her pioneering work in the medical issues of performing artists and has mentored health care professionals in this interdisciplinary specialty.

MPPA provides comprehensive performance oriented medical evaluation and treatment of medical problems that occur in instrumentalists, singers, dancers and actors at all performance levels, including students, professionals and amateurs. In addition to a typical medical assessment, treatment includes an evaluation of the performer’s technique, physical conditioning, repertoire, instrument and emotional state in relation to the current medical problem.

Performing artists have many unique medical risks, expectations and needs which MPPA addresses by prescribing individualized treatment and rehabilitation programs. MPPA is uniquely situated in a world-renowned rehabilitation facility that is an integral part of an outstanding medical center. Each of the participating specialists in MPPA has made a commitment to serve the medical needs of performing artists.


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