Dr. Luis F. Riquelme is currently Director of the Center for Swallowing and Speech-Language Pathology at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and is an Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at New York Medical College. He completed a master's degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City and a PhD at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, also in New York City.
Dr. Riquelme has authored articles on swallowing disorders, multiculturalism, cultural competence and sensitivity, leadership, and quality improvement. He has presented locally and internationally. He has served on local, national, and international boards and committees, including the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) and the American Board of Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders. Dr. Riquelme is Past Chair of the New York State Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and is Past Chair of ASHA's Multicultural Issues Board. He is Past President of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Riquelme also co-founded the Hispanic Caucus for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in 1992.
Dr. Riquelme became an ASHA Fellow in 2009 and received ASHA's Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs in 2006. From the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association, he received the Distinguished Service Award (2001) and the Distinguished Achievement Award (2017).
Dr. Riquelme's research has focused on changes in swallow physiology in the presence of swallowing pills as well as pathophysiological changes of swallow in persons with dementia. Most recently, he has created an overseas program in Puerto Rico through New York Medical College—and in collaboration with Universidad del Turabo—to help further develop medical speech-language pathology services and training on the island. A similar project is in the works with the Public Health Service and Universidad Católica de Uruguay in South America. Most recently, Dr. Riquelme developed the first postgraduate Advanced Certificate Program in Pediatric Dysphagia for practicing clinicians through New York Medical College.