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Rita Shapiro, DO

Rita Shapiro, DO, is a geriatric neurologist who evaluates and treats adult patients of all ages with memory loss and other cognitive symptoms. She joins the Rush Memory Clinic with over 25 years of experience in neuro-cognitive disorders.

Education and training

1972 BS, University of Illinois-Champaign, biology and psychology
1975 DO, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines, Iowa, Medicine
1976 Internship, Riverside Hospital, Trenton, Michigan, rotating
1979 Residency, Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL, Internal Medicine
1984 Residency Hines VA Hospital and Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL, neurology
1986 Fellowship, Bedford VA Medical Center GRECC affiliated Boston University, MA, geriatric medicine and geriatric neurology, dementia focus

Board certifications

1979 Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
1987 Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
1992 Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Academic interests

She is an assistant professor of neurological sciences at Rush University Medical Center, and is a clinician-educator. She has been elected to fellowship with the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Neurology, with extensive experience in academically affiliated VA medical centers. Before joining Rush in early 2011, she was chairman of the Neurology Section at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center (formerly North Chicago VA Medical Center) and associate professor of neurology, geriatric medicine and psychiatry at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Her publications have been primarily in neurology and behavioral neurology, and she has actively participated in collaborative clinical research including large co-operative studies. She has been a dedicated teacher throughout her career and the recipient of awards both for teaching and patient care.

Clinical interests

She is a native Chicagoan who has devoted her career primarily to patient care. She has a wide range of clinical experience in general neurology, primary care medicine, spinal cord medicine, geriatrics and behavioral and cognitive neurology. She has maintained a focus on dementia diagnosis and care since her fellowship in the mid-1980s. She started a multidisciplinary dementia clinic at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (formerly West Side VAMC) while serving as past neuropsychiatry section chief at the UIC Department of Neurology. She helped develop the dementia program at Hines VA and chaired the dementia committee at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center (formerly North Chicago VAMC).

Philosophy of care

She is committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care to best meet the needs of patients and their families. She believes in a holistic approach to medical care in collaboration with the primary clinician.