For over 12 years, we have been fortunate to have Dr. Elliot Roth as Editorial Review Group Chair in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation for Doody’s Review Service. During that time, we have sent 172 titles his way and he and the 68 experts he has recruited have reviewed 133 of them.
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 Medical Director of the new Patient Recovery Unit of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), where he also previously served as former Senior Vice President – Medical Director, Chief Academic Officer, and Medical Director of the Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation Program. He is the Project Director of the “Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Health and Function for People with Physical Disabilities,” and recently was the Project Director of the “Midwest Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System,” both funded by the U.S. National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. He also leads several other research projects, totaling several million dollars of funding, supported by Federal agencies and private foundations, primarily focused on neurorehabilitation.
As Medical Director of the RIC Patient Recovery Unit, Dr. Roth leads an innovative program that combines rehabilitation care and research to improve functional outcomes for people with disabilities. As Department Chair, he has responsibility for training residents, fellows, and medical students and leads a sizeable research portfolio. He directs weekly Chairman’s Rounds with residents and medical students, a monthly Fellow Seminar, daily clinical teaching rounds, and many didactic lectures. He is a frequent invited guest speaker, Visiting Professor, and Expert Panel member. Dr. Roth has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed papers, invited review articles, book chapters, and other publications in medical rehabilitation, and he has one patent. He maintains an active medical practice, specializing in the care and treatment of patients with stroke and other neurological disorders.
Dr. Roth serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, and is a member of the Editorial Boards of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Frontiers in Neurology. He has served as manuscript reviewer for Stroke, Spinal Cord, Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, Medical Care, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and other professional journals. He served as a member of the Expert Panel to develop Stroke Rehabilitation Clinical Practice Guidelines for the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the Panel of the National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Technical Expert Panels to Develop Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Reimbursement Methodology and Quality Measures. He was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the residents in his Department in 1991, and one of the Best Physicians in Chicago by Chicago Magazine and in the U.S. by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. for many years. He also received the New Jersey Medical School Award for Outstanding Teacher, the John W. Goldschmidt MD Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation from the National Rehabilitation Hospital, the Aphasia Advocacy Award from the National Aphasia Association, Distinguished Clinician Award by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Edward Lowman Award for Support of Teamwork in Rehabilitation by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. He has served as Visiting Professor at 15 academic medical centers.
A passionate advocate of partnerships between physicians and patients to improve their care and outcomes and a promoter of the team approach to care and research, Dr. Roth emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration in his clinical and academic activities. He is widely recognized as a leading expert in interdisciplinary stroke rehabilitation, and also sees patients with other disabling neurological conditions. His research and academic interests are in the areas of novel methods to enhance recovery, improve functional outcomes, and prevent associated medical conditions in people with disabling conditions.