Cynthia LaBella, MD, is the Medical Director of the Institute for Sports Medicine at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
After earning her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York and finishing a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Dr. LaBella completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Sports Medicine.
Dr. LaBella has served as team physician for high school, college, elite, and professional teams. She is currently the team physician for DeLaSalle High School, Moody Bible Institute, and the United States Rhythmic Gymnastics team.
She serves on the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness (COSMF), as the COSMF policy coordinator, and on the sports medicine advisory committees for the Illinois High school Association and YMCA of the USA.
Her research efforts focus on identification of risk factors for injury in youth sports and defelopment of strategies for prevention. She has won two awards for her 2006 research demonstrating that a coach-led neuromuscular warm-up reduces knee and ankle injuries in girls' soccer and basketball at Chicago Public High Schools. This study was published in the November 2011 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.