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Gabriela Martinez

Maria G. Martinez, MD

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Maria Martinez, M.D., grew up with a younger sister who had cerebral palsy, which gave her an interest in the field of pediatric rehabilitation. She witnessed the significant impact her sister's doctors and therapists made on her level of function, and she wanted to have a part in providing that for other families. She is a native Spanish speaker who grew up in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. Serving the Spanish-speaking community has become a priority for her as she aspires to bridge the gaps in medical care that may occur due to language barriers.

Dr. Martinez joined the Shriners Children's Chicago team after completing a pediatric rehabilitation fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She has experience managing the rehabilitation needs of children with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury/concussion, neuromuscular disorders, oncologic diagnosis, chronic pain and other pediatric onset disabilities.

Dr. Martinez is an avid swimmer and enjoys incorporating aquatic therapy into the treatment plans for her patients.

Pediatric Care


More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
  • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - General
Education and Training

Graduate School
City Colleges of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Medical Education
Universidad Autonoma de Guadaladra
Guadalajara, Jalisco

Richmond University Medical Center
Staten Island, NY
United States of America

Flushing Hospital Medical Center
Queens, NY

SUNY Upstate Medical Center
Syracuse, NY
United States of America

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2018-Present: Member, ACRM
  • 2017-Present: Member, AACPDM
  • 2015-Present: Member, AAPM&R
  • 2015-Present: Member, AMA
Editorial Positions
  • 2021: Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Academic Works and Presentations
  • Lecture: Shriners Children's Grand Rounds - Wound Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach for the Prevention & Optimal Healing of Wounds seen in Pediatric Rehabilitation (12/2020)
  • Presentation: Psychology Student Didactics - Cerebral Palsy: An Overview (11/2020)
  • Lecture: Neurology and PM&R Grand Rounds - Heterotopic Ossification: When to Expect it and a Novel Therapy (10/2019)
  • Lecture: Neurology and PM&R Grand Rounds - Assistive Technology: A look at Augmentative/Alternative Communication and Hi-tech Advances (5/2019)


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