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Michelle Gittler, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Michelle Gittler, MD, specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Dr. Gittler is an expert in the medical management of spinal cord injuries and paralysis, as well as other physical disabilities resulting from trauma or illness. Working with a team of physicians, nurses, therapists, and case managers, she is devoted to addressing not only the physical needs of her patients, but also their quality of life.

In her clinical research studies, Dr. Gittler focuses on identifying and managing medical complications following spinal cord injury, as well as amputation. She has published dozens of articles on the subject in medical journals, including Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. An active speaker, Dr. Gittler has lectured on spinal cord injury, amputation, and secondary conditions associated with disability at many hospitals and medical meetings in the Chicago area and nationally. In 2012, Chicago Magazine named Dr. Gittler one of Chicago's “Top Doctors" for the fourth time.

Practice Location

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital
1401 S. California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury

Medical School

University of Illinois


Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago


Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Spinal Cord Injury Association
Association of Academic Physiatrists
Illinois Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
National Spinal Cord Injury Association

Language Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 834-3531

Office Fax

(773) 522-5855

Office Postal Address

Michelle Gittler, MD
Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital
1401 S. California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608

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Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Gittler's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.