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Richard V. Riggs, MD

  • Medical Director, Chairman, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitiation

A specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Richard V. Riggs, MD, often makes presentations before medical professionals and members of the community on issues related to disease and injury prevention and rehabilitation. Among his subjects is rehabilitation after treatment for a brain tumor.

Dr. Riggs is currently leading a National Institutes of Health-sponsored, seven-center study designed to improve outpatient therapy for patients who have suffered strokes.

He served as assistant director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from 1992 to 1994 and became chairman and medical director in 1997. Previously, he was medical director of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Dothan, AL.

Dr. Riggs has been a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Stroke Association of Southern California and a board member and vice president of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA). In 1991 and 1992, he was team physician for United States Junior Olympic teams participating in World Competition.

• Article reviewer, PM&R, the journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

• Secretary, California Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Southern Branch

• Bachelor’s Degree: Davidson College, Davidson, NC, 1984
• Medical Degree: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, 1988
• Internship: Internal Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore, MD, 1989
• Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 1989-1992

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