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Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also known as rehabilitation physicians or physiatrists, are medical doctors with expertise in the diagnosis and management of functional loss associated with musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders. Such disorders include all conditions related to nerves, muscles, bones and brain, ranging from sore shoulders and lower back pain to spinal cord injury and stroke. The physiatrist coordinates a team of other doctors and health professionals in developing and carrying out a comprehensive rehabilitation treatment plan. Successful rehabilitation occurs when the patient, who is an integral part of the team, maximizes his or her recovery in order to participate in and enjoy life as fully as possible. Physiatrists treat a variety of conditions including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Brain injury
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chronic pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neck pain
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sports injury
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Workplace injury

 Meet our physiatrists

Roy L. Adair, MD
Chairman, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medical Director, Rehabilitation Services

Dr. Adair has over 25 years of experience at Advocate Christ Medical Center and specializes in management of spasticity and spinal cord injuries. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College and completed his residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Northwestern University. Dr. Adair is board certified in three areas, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. He has been involved in clinical research projects and has presented nation-wide to fellow clinicians.


William A. Adair, MD
Vice President, Clinical Transformation at Advocate Christ Medical Center

Dr. Adair has over 25 years of experience at Advocate Christ Medical Center and is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He specializes in the management of fibromyalgia and post-polio syndrome. Dr. Adair is a graduate of the honors program in medical education of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He completed his straight medicine internship at Evanston Hospital, now a part of North Shore University Health System. Thereafter he completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical School during which he served as chief resident.


 Sireesha Allamneni, MD

Dr. Allamneni graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine followed by an internship at Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her residency at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. She currently serves as the Rehab Director at Brentwood Subacute Health Care Center as well as Lexington Health Care Center of Chicago Ridge.


 Sami Chaudhuri, MD

Dr. Chaudhuri has been in practice over ten years, and enjoys working with medically complex patients. She specializes in neurologic conditions, and pain. She obtained her medical degree from Rush Medical College and completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency, where she was chief resident, at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Center. She completed a fellowship in spine and musculoskeletal management at the University of Michigan. Dr. Chaudhuri is board certified in three areas, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Kathleen Florence, MD

Dr. Florence specializes in Inpatient Rehabilitation Consultations. She has been practicing at Advocate Christ Medical Center for over 10 years. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and completed her residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/ Northwestern McGaw Medical Center. Dr. Florence has been recognized by colleagues for her compassion and commitment to persons with disabilities.


Muhammad Haque, MD

Dr. Haque has over 12 years of experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He received his medical degree from Sindh Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, and completed his residency in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His clinical interests include providing medical leadership and patient care to a number of our acute inpatient and subacute rehabilitation facilities, as well as providing out-patient acupuncture treatments for his patients.


Richard Huang, MD

Dr. Huang obtained his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Baylor College of Medicine/The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston PM&R Alliance in Houston, TX where he also completed his Fellowship in clinical brain injury rehabilitation with experiences in hospital and program administration. He joined our practice in September 2012 following residency. He is trained as an inpatient and outpatient physiatrist, consultant, and electrodiagnostician.


Myoung Kim, MD

Dr. Kim has over 30 years of experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and specializes in general rehabilitation with an emphasis on the management of stroke rehabilitation and electrodiagnostic medicine. He received his medical degree from the Catholic Medical College in Seoul, Korea. His medical internship was completed at Detroit-Macomb Hospital Association and continued on to residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Northwestern University. Dr. Kim is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.


Douglas M. Koltun, MD

With over 25 years in practice treating children and adults, Dr. Koltun is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Program and co-chair of the Adult Brain Injury Rehabilitation committee. He earned his medical degree at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Koltun then completed his residency at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.


Shari Ludwig, MD

Dr. Ludwig is board certified in Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed her rehabilitation residency at Rush Medical Center. She has practiced at Advocate Christ Medical Center for over 20 years and has served as Medical Director of an inpatient, outpatient and sub-acute rehabilitation program.


Suzan Rayner, MD

Dr. Rayner is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School and completed her residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She obtained a Masters in Public Health from UCLA. Dr. Rayner is a Fellow of the American Board of PM&R, a member of the American College of Physician Executives and has served on a number of committees that focused on patient safety, quality, performance improvement and access to care for persons with disabilities. She currently serves as the Medical Rehab Director at Manor Care Oak Lawn East and Manor Care Oak Lawn West.


Joy Tsai-Li, MD

Dr. Tsai-Li received her medical degree from the University of Chicago. She completed her medical internship at Advocate Christ Medical Center and continued on to residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago. Her clinical interests include seeing patients as a general physiatrist in both the in-patient and out-patient settings as well as acting as a consultant in the acute hospital setting, and utilizing her training in medical acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for her patients.


Juan Valdez, MD

Dr. Valdez graduated from The University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed his residency at Rush Medical Center. His rehabilitation interests include musculoskeletal, stroke and EMG. Dr. Valdez is fluent in Spanish.



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