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Dr. Richard Senelick  

Richard C. Senelick, M.D., is a neurologist who specializes in neurorehabilitation and speaks regularly on both a national and international level. In his 35 years in practice,

he has worked with thousands of patients to treat brain injuries, strokes and spinal cord injuries. Today, he serves as Medical Director of RIOSA, The Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio, and Editor in Chief of HealthSouth Press, the publishing arm of one of the nation’s largest hospital systems.

Dr. Senelick has received numerous appointments in his accomplished career, including Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He has served on the National Stroke Association Rehabilitation Advisory Board (1997-2000) and spent more than a decade as an Editorial Columnist and Board Member at the Medical Gazette Newspaper.

Throughout his career, Dr. Senelick has witnessed the incredible strength exhibited by his patients and their families and has written numerous books to assist them in the rehabilitation process. His books, many of which were co-authored with Karla Dougherty, include The Spinal Cord Injury Handbook: For Patients and Families(Paperback, HealthSouth Press, January 1998), Beyond Please & Thank You Study Guide (Paperback, HealthSouth Press, January 2001), two editions of Living with Brain Injury: A Guide for Families (Rev) (2nd Ed., Paperback, HealthSouth Press, December 2001), The Baby Boomer's Guide to Women's Health (Paperback, HealthSouth Press, August 2002), Multiple Sclerosis: A New Journey (Paperback, HealthSouth Press, December 2002) and four editions of Living with Stroke: A Guide for Families (4th Ed., Paperback, HealthSouth Press, January 2010).

Dr. Senelick is also the author of the only Spanish language neurorehabilitation books available, including La Vida Despues De Una Lesion Cerebral: Guia Para La Familia (Paperback, HealthSouth Press, 2003), La Vida Despues De Un Accidente Cerebrovascular: Una Guia para la Familia (Paperback, HealthSouth Press, 2003) and La Lesión De La Médula Espinal (Paperback, HealthSouth Press, 2003). He has also produced numerous educational videos.

After receiving his undergraduate degree and medical school training at the University of Illinois, he did his residency in neurology at the University of Utah. He also served as a Staff Neurologist for the United States Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base’s Wilford Hall Medical Center from 1974-1976.

The author of over 100 articles ranging in scientific subjects, Dr. Senelick is affiliated with many academic organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology, American Society of Neurorehabilitation, Texas Medical Association, National Brain Injury Association, National Spinal Cord Injury Association and American Spinal Cord Injury Association. Dr. Senelick commutes to San Antonio from Fredericksburg, TX, where he lives with his wife Anne. They have a son, Gregory, who is grown and lives in San Antonio with his family. Dr. Senelick spends much of his time fulfilling his duties as the Medical Director of RIOSA and spending time with his family. In his spare time, he plays the guitar and enjoys life as an avid fisherman, golfer and rancher.


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