|Dr. Betts has devoted his professional career to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. As a physiatrist, educator, and advocate he has created a legacy that will affect the lives of generations of individuals with disabilities and all those who provide care.
Dr. Betts started his career at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) in 1964. He was first an attending physiatrist then medical director and chair of the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) of Northwestern University Medical School. He later went on to become President and CEO of RIC and Chairman of the Foundation. Dr. Betts has held many leadership board positions on national disability organizations.
One of his greatest passions is the issue of employment for people with disabilities. Dr. Betts feels that professionals with disabilities represent one of the strongest talent pools available to corporate America. Today, he often speaks on the employment gap affecting people with disabilities and encourages corporations to accelerate the inclusion of these professionals in the workforce.