International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Open Access

ISSN: 2329-9096

Deborah Gaebler-Spira

Deborah Gaebler-Spira

Director, Cerebral Palsy Program, RIC Professor of Pediatrics and PM&R, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Deborah Gaebler-Spira completed a pediatric residency at the University of Chicago and then a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Dr. Gaebler-Spira is board certified in pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatric rehabilitation medicine. She has been affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital and RIC. Dr. Gaebler-Spira has also been a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatrics for 25 years.  Dr. Gaebler-Spira's primary clinical work is with children with cerebral palsy and spasticity management. She is past president of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Her research interests have included: spasticity management, cerebral palsy ( of spasticity and have obtained United Cerebral Palsy grants to evaluate the impact of Botulinum Toxins on the child as well as dance for motor learning and the child with cerebral palsy.  She has collaborated with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Bioengineers on measurement of Hypertonia and is currently working with the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers grant “Technologies for Children with Orthopaedic Disabilities.  The major goal of this project is to conduct research and development of advanced technologies for children with orthopaedic disabilities”.
Research Interest

CP, Cerebral Palsy, Hypertonia, Diplegia, Hemiplegia, Quadriplegia, Hypotonia, Developmental Delay, Amputation, Spasticity, botulinum toxin treatment, ITB, cerebral palsy, robotics, movement with dance

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