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School of Medicine
Albert C. Recio, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Expertise: Botulinum Toxin Injections, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spasticity Management, Spinal Cord Injury, Wound Healing
Research Interests: Activity Based Restoration Therapy; Electrical Stimulation for Wound Healing; Functional Electrical Stimulation
Dr. Albert Recio is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include spinal cord injury, spasticity management, wound healing, paralysis restoration and aquatics medicine.
He is a physician in the paralysis restoration program at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and medical director for the aquatics medicine program there.
Dr. Recio received his medical degree from the Perpetual Help College of Medicine in the Philippines. He began internship training there and completed it at Jackson Park Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Recio did his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, which is associated with Harvard Medical School. He then performed a fellowship in spinal cord injury medicine at University of Washington Medical Center.
His research interests include functional electrical stimulation, activity-based restoration therapy and electrical stimulation for wound healing.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Recio has been a volunteer physician for medical missions in the Republic of the Philippines. He is a member of the American Paraplegia Society, the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
- Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Departments / Divisions
Centers & Institutes
- M.D., Perpetual Help College of Medicine - Binan - Laguna - Philippines (Philippines) (1997)
Research & Publications
Dr. Recio's research focuses on activity-based restoration therapies (ABRT). In an effort to bring more independence to patients with long-term spinal cord injuries or paralysis, his research evaluates the ability of ABRT to help patients recover neurological sensation and physical movement.
His field of interest also includes electrical stimulation in the treatment of recalcitrant pressure wounds and the use of functional electrical stimulation to activate nerves innervating extremities affected by paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury.
In 2005 he won the Best Paper Presentation at the 3rd World Congress of the International Society of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) in Sao Paolo, Brazil for his paper titled Post-Stroke Depression: Medication and Rehabilitation.
For his 2005 paper titled Fertilized Duck Egg (Balut) and Cholesterol he won Best Paper Presentation at the Asian Medical Students Conference in Hong Kong.
- Albert Recio, MD, Angelita Camacho, MD. Effects of Pito-Pito Consumption on Fasting Blood Glucose Among Healthy and Diabetic Subjects. Perpetual Help College of Medicine Research Journal of Medicine 1997; 11-19
- David Burke, MD, Albert Recio, MD, Samir Al-Adawi, PhD, Atsu S.S. Dorvlo, PhD. Post-Stroke Depression: Medication and Rehabilitation. Abstract published at the 3rd World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2005; 38
- David Burke, MD, MA, Albert Recio, MD, Samir Al-Adawi, PhD, Atsu S.S. Dorvlo, PhD. Management of Secretions in Traumatic Brain Injury using Botulinum Toxin A. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2006; 85(3):261
- Albert Recio, MD David Burke, MD, MA. A Case of Decubitus Ulcer Responding to Electrical Stimulation and Testosterone Replacement in a TBI Patient. Published at the 15th European Congress of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine/ 44th Congreso Nacional De la Sociedad Espanola de Rehabilitacion y Medicina Fiscica. 2006; 282
- Albert Recio, MD Deborah Crane, MD Steven A. Stiens, MD. Use of Lower Extremity Prosthesis in Spinal Cord Injury. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2007; 86(4):S134
- Albert Recio, MD, PT, Zachary Bohart, MD, MS, Spencer Havens, MD, MS, Steven Stiens, MD, MS. Acute Spinal Cord Injury and Infection With Resistant Acinetobacter Calcoaceticus-Baumannii Complex: Successful Innovations in Rehabilitation During Isolation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2007; 88: E90
- Albert C. Recio, MD, PT, Daniel Becker, MD, Cristina L. Sadowsky, MD, John W. McDonald, III, MD, Ph.D. Functional neurological recovery following out-patient Activity Based Restorative Therapies (ABRT) among adult traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Successful innovations in SCI rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2008; 88: e128-129
- LaTai C. Charlton, PT, DPT, Albert C. Recio, MD, PT, Cristina L. Sadowsky, MD, John W. McDonald, III, MD, Ph.D. Severe spasticity management using botulinum toxin A, serial casting and Activity based Restorative Therapies (ABRT): Successful Innovations in Spinal Cord Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2008; 88: e133
- Albert Recio, MD, PT, Robin Mims PT, DPT, Daniel Becker, MD, Cristina Sadowsky, MD, John McDonald III, MD, Ph.D. Use of Electrical Stimulation for the Management of Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Among Adult Spinal Cord Injury: Adjuvant Therapies for Recalcitrant Wounds Below the level of Injury. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2009; 88(3): S31
- Albert C. Recio, MD, RPT, PTRP, Zachary W. Bohart, MD, Spencer R. Havens, MD, Steven A. Stiens, MD, MS. Acute Spinal Cord Injury and Infection with Multi-Drug Resistant Acinetobacter Calcoaceticus Baumannii Complex Among Returning Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Soldiers: Successful Innovations in Rehabilitation during Isolation. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In Submission.
- Recio, Albert C., MD. Neurologic Evaluation of the Rehabilitation Patient; Manual Muscle Testing and Range of Motion Measurement. In Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Secrets Third Edition. Eds. Brian J. OYoung, MD Mark A. Young, MD, MBA Steven A. Stiens, MD, MA. Hanley & Belfus, Inc. Philadelphia; 2007.
- Recio, Albert C., MD, Schneider, Anna, BS. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. In Pain Procedures in Clinical Practice, Third Edition. Eds. Ted A. Lennard, MD. Elsevier. Philadephia; In Press
- Recio AC, Bohart ZW, Havens SR, Stiens SA. "Acute spinal cord injury and infection with multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-baumannii complex among returning Operation Iraqi Freedom soldiers: Successful innovations in rehabilitation during isolation." Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 Apr;89(4):331-5. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e3181c9d847.
- Recio AC, Schneider AC. "Electrical stimulation." Pain Procedures in Clinical Practice. 2011:559-566.
- Sadowsky CL, Becker D, Bosques G, Dean JM, McDonald JW, Recio A, Frohman EM. "Rehabilitation in transverse myelitis." Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2011 Aug;17(4):816-30. doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000403797.10612.d3.
- Recio AC, Felter CE, Schneider AC, McDonald JW. "High-voltage electrical stimulation for the management of stage III and IV pressure ulcers among adults with spinal cord injury: demonstration of its utility for recalcitrant wounds below the level of injury." J Spinal Cord Med. 2012 Jan;35(1):58-63. doi: 10.1179/2045772311Y.0000000044.
- Recio AC, Becker D, Morgan M, Saunders NR, Schramm LP, McDonald JW. "Use of a virtual reality physical ride-on sailing simulator as a rehabilitation tool for recreational sports and community reintegration: a pilot study." Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Dec;92(12):1104-9. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000012.
Activities & Honors
- Best Paper Presentation, Asian Medical Students Conference, 1995
- Best Cultural Presentation, Asian Medical Students Conference, 1995
- Josefina Laperal Tamayo Award for Excellence, Community Service, 1997
- Culture and Sports Award for Excellence, Department of Education, 1997
- First Honor Cum Laude, Perpetual Help College, 1988
- Academic Scholar, Perpetual Help College, 1984 - 1988
- First Honor, Perpetual Help College of Medicine, 1997
- Loyalty Award, Perpetual Help Medical Center, 1997
- Outstanding Alumni, Sacred Heart College, 2009
- Academic Scholar, School of Medicine Perpetual Help College of Medicine, 1993 - 1997
- Best Paper Presentation, Third World Congress of the International Society of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine, 2005
- Physical Therapy Awards
- Community Service Award, 1997
- Dean’s Gold Medal Award, 1997
- American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- American Paraplegia Society
- Assocation of Academic Physiatrists
- International Society of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine
- Licensed Physical Therapist, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon, Illinois, 1990 - 1993
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