Rehabilitation Leader, Lisa Rosen 1968-2023

October 3, 2023

Lisa Rosen peacefully passed away on September 26, 2023. Lisa was the head of the Life Center at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. She devoted her career to the field of rehabilitation. It began with an internship at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). She went on to become a recreational therapist at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago, where she worked with patients with spinal cord injuries. While there, a former co-worker suggested a position at the AbilityLab’s Life Center, where she found her passion in helping others and providing patient-centered education.

Lisa was not only well-read and educated, but also deeply committed to health and wellness. She was devoted to friends and family, which provided her strength during a long battle with illness.

She was born on March 18, 1968, in Highland Park, IL, to the late Sheldon and Barbara Shlossman. Lisa was the proud mother of her son, Ryan. After graduating from Highland Park High School in 1986, Lisa went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communications from the University of Kansas, followed by a Master of Science in Therapeutic Recreation Administration from Aurora University.

2 responses to “Rehabilitation Leader, Lisa Rosen 1968-2023”

  1. Don Lanktree says:

    Lisa was our “boss” starting in 2010 until Jan.16th, 2016. I met Lisa in the Life Center at RIC in early May, 2008. Nova and I became peer mentors because of Lisa. She was/is an unbelievable woman. Kind, caring, full of empathy, brilliant, and a great friend. She called and e-mailed Nova quite a bit during Nova’s last few weeks. The two of them are starting a mentor program to watch over all of us. She will be missed dearly, that beautiful smile that welcomed you completely, and set you at ease. Ryan, stay strong and keep growing into the great man you are. Love to you and your family and friends.
    Nova and Don Lanktree

  2. Lisa, I heard about your passing from the same person that introduced us, Jorge Alfaro got back to me tonight with your details. 😞💔🌹R.I.P. Your spirit is beyond words and your Love & Support that was again beyond words. The contribution you gave to me during a difficult time tim my love life. Your words & smiles were truly, so very important to my own personal success and has been paid forward by myself through my contributions on people with Disabilities many levels. Most importantly through the many people worldwide that I will continue to inspire with my unique art/skill as the world best & only professional Harp technician & builders in the world with a T5-T6 complete Spinal Cord Injury.❤️♿️ Thank you for the hundreds of beautiful smiles that motivated myself through the difficult times. I am forever grateful, and you will always have a special place in my heart. 😞💝🌹R.I.P. Much Love & Respect always, -George Flores

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