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 at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Currently he is working on a PhD in Rehab Science at UIC with a focus in cardiovascular and respiratory physiology. In addition to research, teaching and clinical practice regarding patients with cardiopulmonary diseases, Dr. Severin has a strong interest in developing clinical practice tools for risk assessments for physical therapists in a variety of practice settings. He is an active member within the APTA and serves on the social media committee and Heart Failure Clinical Practice guideline development team for the cardiopulmonary section.

Curriculum Vitae 

Current Position

University of Illinois at Chicago-Doctor of Philosophy Student

University 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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