Sheila Dugan, MD, is co-director for the Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health. She is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, also known as a physiatrist. A PM&R physician is a medical doctor with special expertise in diagnosing and treating conditions of the muscles, nerves, bones and joints, and providing non-surgical treatments to restore maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions. While she cares for both men and women including adolescents to elders, she specializes in women's musculoskeletal care including issues related to the pelvic floor, breast cancer rehabilitation, and female athletes.
Dugan is also board certified in pain medicine and electrodiagnostic medicine and performs EMG studies in the office. She graduated with honors in biology from the University of Chicago, received her PT degree from NorthwesternUniversity and was a practicing PT for five years. She graduated from medical school from the University of Illinois, where she served as class president and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. After her internship at the University of Chicago, she completed her residency in PM&R at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, including chief residency.
She began her medical career at the HarvardMedicalSchool, where she worked at the Brigham and Women's SpineCenter, the Massachusetts General Hospital Women's Health Associates and the SpauldingRehabilitationHospital in Boston. She has been on staff at Rush since 2001 as associate professor in the departments of PM&R, Neurosurgery and Preventive Medicine. She is working on Strategic Planning for Women's Services and was recently elected to the Medical Executive Committee at Rush. She currently serves as President of the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation, the musculoskeletal section of the AmericanAcademy of PM&R, and chairs the AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine Strategic Health Initiative on Women, Sport and Physical Activity.
Dugan's research interests include the health benefits of physical activity in girls and women, pelvic pain and knee pain in athletes. She has published numerous book chapters and articles and lectures locally and nationally.