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Luis F. Riquelme, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology

Email: Luis_riquelme@nymc.edu

Telephone: (914) 594-3474


Department of Speech-Language Pathology
School of Health Sciences and Practice
New York Medical College 
Suite 213 School of Health Sciences and Practice Bldg.
Valhalla, NY 10595

Professional Interests:

Dr. Riquelme obtained his Master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and Ph.D. from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. His professional interests include: swallowing disorders (dysphagia) in adults; influence of culture on clinical practice; and how bilingualism influences cognitive-linguistic processing. He has authored several book chapters and several peer-reviewed publications. He also has served as guest editor for several professional journals: Dysphagia, Journal of Geriatric Nursing and American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Riquelme has served on the Editorial Board ofPerspectives on Gerontology and currently sits on the Editorial Board of Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

In addition to teaching courses in dysphagia, medical management and professional issues at NYMC, he also directs the Center for Swallowing and Speech-Language Pathology at New York Methodist Hospital, an affiliate of the Program. At the hospital he leads the diagnostic practicum rotation completed by all students in S.L.P. and supervises graduate student clinicians completing their externship rotation.

Recent research projects include: Effects of deep brain stimulation on swallow physiology in patients with Parkinson Disease; Changes in swallow physiology for pill swallowing in adults; Impact of dementia severity on swallowing dynamics; Impact of speech-language pathology services on management of aspiration pneumonia; and Understanding changes in swallowing ability in patients with UTI.

His recent presentations have focused on the above topics and on the evidence-base for the practice of dysphagia; outcomes measurement in speech-language pathology; and specific practice patterns for evaluating older adults with dysphagia.

Professional service activities include:

AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION: Vice-Chair, Specialty Board on Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders; Past Chair, Political Action Committee Board; Past Chair, Multicultural Issues Board; Co-Founder, Hispanic Caucus. Have also served on several other committees and boards, including Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology 1994 and 2006; Executive Director Search Committee; and national representative on Bilingualism (media project). Member and topic coordinator, several Convention Program Committees.

NEW YORK STATE SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION: Past President, 1999; Past Vice President for Private Practice; Past Chair, Legislative & Government Affairs Committee; Past Chair, Membership Task Force; Program Chair, Convention 1996; member of many Convention Program Committees.


NATIONAL APHASIA ASSOCIATION: Member, Advisory Board; Co-Chair, Multicultural Task Force.

OTHERS: Vice Chair, New York State Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; Member, Medical Advisory Board, Myasthenia Gravis Alliance; Past Treasurer, Council of State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presidents; Program Committee, Dysphagia Research Society.

Dr. Riquelme’s most outstanding Honors and Awards include:
Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, elected 2009
Healer’s Hall of Fame. Inducted March 2013. New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY.
Diversity Champion, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2009
Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs, ASHA 2006
Professional Achievement Award, New York City Speech-Hearing-Language Association, December 2005
Most Valuable Volunteer Award, ASHA Multicultural Student Leadership Program, November 2003
Advocacy Award, ENLACE-Latino Children Educational Network, November 2002
Outstanding Leadership Award, Hispanic Caucus for S.L.Ps and Audiologists, November 2002
Distinguished Service Award, New York State Speech-Lan.guage-Hearing Association, March 2001
Awards for Continuing Education, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 7/89, 1/91, 12/92, 8/94, 6/95, 7/98, 12/99, 6/00, 11/02, 5/04, 6/06, 10/07, 3/09, 6/10, 10/11, 7/13

Education Profile:

Graduate Degree: PhD
Graduate Degree Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY; Teachers College, Columbia University
Undergraduate Institution:  Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus.


Riquelme, L.F., Benjamin, R.D., Tahhan, H.J., Sandoval, G.K., Alomari, N., Soyfer, A. (2016). Feeding/Swallowing Disorders: Maintaining quality of life in persons with intellectual disability. Jnl of Intellectual Disability Diagnosis and Treatment, 4(2): 81-93.

Ball, K.A., Riquelme, L.F. (2016). The graduate dysphagia course: Opening the door to new frontiers. Perspectives on Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders, 1(3): 104-112.

Riquelme, L.F., Soyfer, A., Benjamin, R.D. (2016). Presbyphagia: What we need to know to provide best practice. eHearsay Journal, Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 6(1): 23-29.

Kaneoka, A., Pisegna, J.M., Miloro, K.V., Lo, M., Saito, H., Riquelme, L.F., LaValley, M.P., Langmore, S. E. (2015). Prevention of healthcare-associated pneumonia with oral care in individuals without mechanical ventilation: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 36(8): 899-906. DOI: 10.1017/ice.2015.77

Riquelme, L.F. (February 2015). Clinical Swallow Examination (CSE): Can We Talk? Perspectives on Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders, 24(1): 34-39. 

Riquelme, L.F. (December 2013). Managing Dysphagia in Long-Term Care Settings: Clinical Considerations. Perspectives on Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders, 22(3): 107-117.

Riquelme, L.F. (May 2013). Cultural Competence for Everyone: A Shift in Perspectives. Perspectives on Gerontology, 18(2): 42-49.

Riquelme, L.F. (September 2011). Diminishing barriers to the Praxis examination in Communication Sciences and Disorders.Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 1(2): 63-69.

Riquelme, L.F., Soyfer, A., Engelman, J., Palma, G., Stein, L., Chao, J. (October 2008). Understanding oropharyngeal dysphagia: From hospital to home. Invited manuscript to Home Heath Care Management & Practice, 20(6): 462-473.

Riquelme, L.F. (2007). The role of cultural competence in providing services to persons with Dysphagia.  Invited manuscript to Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 25(3): 228-239.

States, R.A., Sussman, W.M., Riquelme, L.F., Godwin, E.M., Greer, E. (Winter 2006). Community Health Education: Reaching Ethnically Diverse Elders. Journal of Allied Health, 35 (4): 215-222.

Riquelme, L.F. (December 2006).  Working with Limited-English Speaking Adults with Neurological Impairment.  Invited article toPerspectives on Gerontology (Division 15), 11(2): 3-8.

Riquelme, L.F. (October 2003). Bilinguismo: Entendiendo nuestro rol clínico y ético (Bilingualism: Understanding our clinical and ethical role).  Journal of the Puerto Rican Association for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (OPPHLA), vol. 21 #2, 13-16.

Becker, E.A., Hiller Scott, A., Gutman, S., Zelski, L., Jaffee-Gropack, S., Kiefer, C., Riquelme, L.F., McManus, M., and Nieves, E. (Spring 2000). Creating Interdisciplinary Team Practice through Computer Conferencing.  Respiratory Care Education Annual, v 9, 19-33.


Riquelme, L.F., Rosas, J. (2013). Multicultural perspectives: The road to cultural competence. In Capone-Singleton, N. and Shulman, B. (Eds), Language Development: Foundations, Processes, and Clinical Applications (2nd ed). Jonas & Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA.

Kurugundla, N., Majid, A., Riquelme, L.F., Sung, A.W. (2011). Examination of the larynx through the flexible bronchoscope. In Wang, K., Mehta, A., Turner, J. (Eds), Flexible Bronchoscopy, 3rd ed, Blackwell Publishing, Inc., Malden, MA.

Riquelme, L.F. (2006). Working with Hispanic/Latino students. In Gravani, E.H., and Meyer, J. (Eds.) Speech-Language-Hearing Programs: A guide for students and practitioners, 2nd edition; pp 429-446. Austin, TX: PRO ED.

Riquelme, L.F. (1997). Practical Applications and Case Presentations: Clinical Management of a Bilingual Hispanic American Adult with Dysphagia and Dysarthria, pp 397-402.  In G. Wallace, Multicultural Neurogenics: A Clinical Resource for Speech-Language Pathologists Providing Services to Neurologically Impaired Adults from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds. Communication Skills Builders: Tucson, AZ.

Lynn, D., Riquelme, L.F. (1997). Q.I. - The Easy Way: A Practical Guide for Developing Quality Improvement Programs.  New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Albany, NY.

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