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University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the practice of Dr. Sheila Dugan, Associate Professor at Rush Medical College, assisted by certified medical assistant April Honorable.  Our practice is dedicated to providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal and neurological dysfunctions.  After reviewing your history and previous tests and procedures, Dr. Dugan will perform a comprehensive examination addressing muscle, joint and neurological status, biomechanics and functional abilities.  This will lead to recommendations on necessary diagnostic testing and treatment including medications, rehabilitation, and referral for other specialists when needed.  Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) practitioners, also known as Physiatrists, are trained to provide holistic care to address the biological, psychological and social (work, family and community) issues involved in pain and functional limitations.  Dr. Dugan specializes in all non-surgical musculoskeletal dysfunctions including pelvic floor, spine including degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, and spinal stenosis, pelvic and hip joint, and upper and lower extremity joints including shoulders and knees. She is board certified in Sports Medicine.  She performs electrodiagnostic testing and joint and soft tissue injections.  She co-directs the Rush Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health where she collaborates with colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists, urologists, gynecologists, urogynecologists, psychologists and physical therapists, among others. Her research interests include pelvic floor fitness and the health benefits of physical activity.



Sheila A. Dugan, MD is an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rush Medical College, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She is a faculty member of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Preventive Medicine. She is co-medical director of the Rush Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health.

Dugan is multi board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnostic medicine and pain medicine. She is highly skilled in neurological and sports-related rehabilitation. Prior to medical school, she received her physical therapy degree from Northwestern University in 1986. Dugan currently is pursuing the development of a program focused on women's care, including both their medical and rehabilitation needs.

Dugan earned her medical degree in 1994 from the University Of Illinois School Of Medicine in Chicago. There she served as president of her medical school class and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She held an internship in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and completed residency training in physical medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, affiliated with Northwestern University, where she served as chief resident.

Dugan joined the Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1998, where she was also the director of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and the medical director of the Spaulding Downtown Crossing Office for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network in Boston, Mass. She was a clinical associate at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she provided ambulatory care at the Women's Health Associates, a Harvard Medical School Center for Clinical Excellence in women's care. She was on staff at the Orthopedics and Arthritis Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where she worked in the Spine Center in addition to evaluating and treating patients with general musculoskeletal conditions. She served as team physician for a local women's college and for several years provided medical coverage in the elite runner's tent at the Boston Marathon.

Her research interests include women and exercise, pain and menopause, visceral fat development and physical activity, pregnancy-related musculoskeletal problems and pelvic pain. She is a co-investigator at Rush on the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) and WISHFIT. She has served as a discussant on the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health Chronic Pain Symposium and the American College of Sports Medicine Roundtable on Exercise in Pregnancy.
An active lecturer and author, Dugan has published several review articles and book chapters on rehabilitation, sports medicine and women's musculoskeletal topics. She is a board member of American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Women's Health Foundation and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Foundation. She chairs the Strategic Initiative on Women, Sport and Physical Activity Strategic Planning Committee and sits on the Pronouncement Committee for the ACSM.
For more information about Sheila Dugan, MD, please visit the Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health section.


 April Honorable, CMA, is a medical assistant in University of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. April received her Associates in Medical Assisting in 2002 from Northwestern Business College in Chicago, Illinois.  She has worked in variety of ambulatory settings, including Gynecology, General Internal Medicine, and Neurosurgery. Prior to starting at University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation she worked as a medical assistant at Northwestern.

April is a member of the American Medical Technologists Association. She currently holds certification of Medical Assisting.  


  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Joint injections
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Women's nerve conduction studies
  • Pelvic pain 
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Spinal disorders
  • Nonsurgical care
  • Sports medicine
  • Trigger point injections
  • Vaginal pain​

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University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building III
Suite 855
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-942-6644
Fax: 312-942-2176
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