About the author

Richard Severin, PT, DPT, CCS

Dr. Severin is a physical therapist and ABPTS certified cardiovascular and pulmonary specialist. He completed his cardiopulmonary residency at the William S Middleton VA Medical Center/University of Wisconsin-Madison which he then followed up with an orthopedic residency with a focus on clinical research at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Currently, he is working on a PhD in Rehabilitation Science at UIC with a focus on cardiorespiratory physiology and obesity. In addition to clinical research and teaching regarding patients with cardiopulmonary diseases, Dr. Severin has a strong interest in knowledge translation and developing CV risk assessments tools for physical therapists. He is an active member of the APTA and is the incoming chair of the Communications Committee for the Cardiopulmonary Section of the APTA (APTA CVP), a member of the APTA CVP Heart Failure Clinical Practice Guideline development team and an item-writer for the Specialization Academy of Content Experts.

Curriculum Vitae 

Current Position

The University of Illinois at Chicago-Doctor of Philosophy Student

The Universityy of Illinois at Chicago- Adjunct Professor and Research Specialist

South College DPT-Adjunct Assistant Professor 


-2014-2015, Orthopedics, Clinical Researcher Track, University of Illinois at Chicago

-2013-2014, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, UW-Madison and William S Middleton VAMC

Physical Therapy School

-University of Miami- Miller School of Medicine, ’13 Doctor of Physical Therapy


-Penn State-University Park, ’09 BS Kinesiology

Research and Clinical Interests

Respiratory muscle fatigue, Obesity and Bariatric Rehab, Cardiovascular risk assessment in orthopedic physical therapy patients, Hemodynamic responses to orthopedic rehab, Heart Failure, End Stage Lung Disease, Transplant Rehab, Exercise Physiology, Sport Performance, Peripheral muscle changes with cardiopulmonary and metabolic diseases, Tendinopathy

Professional Memberships

  • 2010-Current, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • 2013-Current, APTA Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section
  • 2013-Current, APTA Orthopedic Section
  • 2015-Current, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • 2016-Current, Society for Redox Biology and Medicine


Email: rsever5@uic.edu




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