Cynthia R. LaBella, MD

Medical Director, Institute for Sports Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

“There are lots of things I love about my job. I love that I get to hear everyone’s stories. And I like that I get to work with kids and their families to get better and back out on the field or court.” - Dr. LaBella


Special Interests

Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of injuries and medical conditions in young athletes, including Knee injury treatment and prevention, concussions and post-concussion syndrome, sprains, strains, dislocations, fractures, overuse injuries, stress fractures, heat illness, nutritional concerns, exercise-induced asthma, and conditions unique to athletes with disabilities. ​

Research Interests

Sports injury; knee injury; neuromuscular warm-up

Biographical Information

Professional Organizations

American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness

Medical School

Cornell University Medical College, 1994

Postgraduate Training

Fellowship in sports medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001; Residency in pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, 1994-1997


Board certified in: General Pediatrics with certificate of added qualifications in Sports Medicine

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