Cynthia LaBella, MD

Cynthia LaBella, MD, FAAP

Pediatrics Chicago, IL

Medical director, Institute for Sports Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago; Associate professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine

Office Address

Office Map
  • 225 E Chicago Ave # 69
    Lurie Children's Hospital Of Chicago
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Phone: (312) 227-6190
    Fax: (312) 227-9404

Dr. LaBella's Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Pediatrics: Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Interests: sports injury prevention and treatment

Dr. LaBella's Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Medical DirectorInstitute for Sports Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    Build a multidisciplinary sports medicine program for young competitive athletes and physically active youth, which provides comprehensive treatment and prevention for sports-related injuries and medical conditions, generates state-of-the-art research.
  • Associate ProfessorNorthwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
    Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics (2002-2004); Instructor of Pediatrics (2004-2005); Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (2005-2011)
  • PhysicianCenter for Athletic Medicine
    Chicago, IL
    Provide comprehensive medical care to competitive and recreational athletes. Instructor for medical residents; Team Physician, Robert Morris College, Moody Bible Institute; Assistant Team Physician, DePaul University, Chicago Fire; Consulting Physician, Illinois Gymnastics Institute, US Soccer
  • FellowUniversity of North Carolina
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Provide primary care to student athletes, and perform clinical research as part of a post-graduate fellowship training program.
  • Attending PhysicianJohns Hopkins Hospital Adolescent Clinic
    Supervise pediatric residents (0.2 FTE).
  • Precepting PhysicianJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Clinical Skills Course. Instructed second year medical students in history taking and physical examination.
  • Attending PhysicianSt. Joseph’s Medical Center
    Towson, MD
    Provide acute and urgent care to patients in the pediatric emergency room (weekend and evening shifts).
  • Attending PhysicianJohns Hopkins University Student Health and Wellness Center
    Baltimore, MD
    Physician, elected to provide primary care to college students biweekly as part of a continuity clinic experience (1996-1997); Provide primary care to undergraduate and graduate students (0.8 FTE);
  • DirectorJohns Hopkins University
    Evaluated children and adults with sports related injuries.
  • Assistant ProfessorJohns Hopkins University
  • Clinical Research AssistantThe Hospital for Special Surgery
    New York, NY
    Sponsor: Jonathan Deland, M.D. Chief of Foot Surgery. Analyzed efficiency of a newly designed surgical clamp.
  • EditorThe Samaritan Yearbook, CUMC
  • George Papanicolaou FellowCornell University Medical College
    Taught a four-week segment of Gross Anatomy to first year medical students.
  • Research AssistantUniversity of Rochester Medical Center
    Sponsor: George Segel, M.D. Characterized a surface protein on B-lymphocytes of CLL patients.

Dr. LaBella's Education & Medical Training

  • University of North Carolina School At Chapel HillUniversity of North Carolina School At Chapel HillFellowship, sports medicine
  • Johns Hopkins UniversityJohns Hopkins UniversityResidency, Pediatrics
  • Cornell Univ Med CollWeill Cornell Medical College of Cornell UniversityMedical School
  • Cornell UniversityCornell UniversityOther Training, B. S., Biochemistry, With distinction

Dr. LaBella's Certifications & Licensure

  • IL State Medical LicenseIL State Medical License2001 - 2014
  • American Board of PediatricsPediatrics
  • American Board of PediatricsSports Medicine

Dr. LaBella's Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Best overall research award for “Effect of a neuromuscular warm-up on injury rates among female athletes in urban public high schools: A cluster-randomized controlled trial”American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, 2009
  • Oded Bar-Or award for best pediatric sports medicine or healthy active living presentation, "Effect of a neuromuscular warm-up on injury rates among female athletes in urban public high schools: A cluster-randomized controlled trial”Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness’ Program, 2009
  • A Todd Davis Award, Outstanding PhysicianChildren's Memorial Hospital, Chicago IL, 2008
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Dr. LaBella's Publications & Presentations

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Journal Articles

  • Sports Specialization in Young athletes: Evidence-based Recommendations  Jayanthi N, Pinkham C, Patrick B, Dugas L, LaBella C, Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1/1/2013
  • Cheerleading Injuries: Epidemiology and Recommendations for Prevention  LaBella C, Mjaanes J, and the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness., Pediatrics, 10/22/2012
  • Pitching Biomechanics Associated With Elbow or Shoulder Pain in Youth Baseball Pitchers: A Prospective Cohort Study  LaBella C, Karakostas T, Monroe L, Lawler E, Gryfakis N, Hsiang S, DePersia N, and King E, Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 3/1/2011
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Books/Book Chapters

  • Pediatric Orthopaedics and Sports Injuries: A Quick Reference Guide  

    Editors: Sarwark JF, LaBella CR.American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Developmental Essentials: The Foundations of Youth Conditioning Chapter: Endocrine Development and Implications Page 361 - 380
    LaBella C
    Editors: Franczyk S, Nylander SB.International Youth Conditioning Association Inc., Chicago, IL


  • Groin and buttock pain in an adolescent male soccer athlete
    LaBella C, AMSSM 14th Annual Conference, Austin, TX, 4/18/2005
  • Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at Uplift Community High School Health Center-Heartland
    LaBella C


  • Cheerleading Injuries: Epidemiology and Prevention National Athletic Trainer’s Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV - 6/1/2013
  • Lessons Learned from Implementing an ACL Injury Prevention Program in Chicago Public High Schools American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN - 5/1/2013
  • Return to Football After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction AAP Grand Rounds - 1/1/2013
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Dr. LaBella's Professional Memberships

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Illinois PPO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • Coventry Health Care PPO Platinum
  • Coventry Missouri - HMO/POS
  • Empire BCBS PPO
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Healthfirst New York
  • HealthLink PPO
  • HIP of New York - Select PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Oxford Health Freedom
  • Sagamore Health Plus
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO

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