Riya Fukui, MD

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Riya Fukui, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Hospitalist

My Biography

Dr. Riya Fukui, M.D., is a distinguished Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician.

A magna cum laude graduate of Rice University with dual expertise in Computer Science and Biochemistry, Dr. Fukui completed his medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as a DiMare Scholar, followed by a residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston.

His professional tenure includes clinical experience across major healthcare centers like Methodist West and Encompass Katy, and time as CEO and Medical Director at Houston Rehabilitation Group. Dr. Fukui’s commitment to advancing patient care is evident through his leadership in quality improvement projects focusing on physician-nursing communication and enhancing patient satisfaction post-discharge.

He is a published author in the field of rehabilitation robotics and has contributed significant research on optimizing rehabilitation outcomes for various patient groups, including post-COVID pulmonary rehabilitation.

Beyond his clinical and research endeavors, Dr. Fukui is actively involved in community service, from providing health screenings in south Florida and rural Haiti to supporting tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

His diverse interests also extend to innovative healthcare solutions, demonstrated by his involvement in challenges like NASA’s SpacePoop project and designing assistive devices on Hackaday.io. Dr. Fukui continues to shape the future of rehabilitation medicine with a focus on compassionate, patient-centered care and technological integration.

  • “On the performance of particle swarm optimization for parameterizing kinetic models of cellular networks”
      • Co-authored with N. Berestovsky and L. Nakhleh and presented at the IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in 2012.
  • “Facial Dysesthesias with Tube Feeding Intolerance After Cerebellar Stroke: A Case Report”
      • Presented virtually at the Association of Academic Physiatrists/International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Meeting in February 2021.
  • “How does motivation to therapy contribute to functional recovery: A Case Report”
      • Presented at the same conference in Orlando, FL, in March 2020. 
  • “Expression of Transforming Growth Factor-beta1 During Wound Healing in Fractionated Radiation-induced Skin Ulceration In Vivo”
      • Presented at the AHNS 9th International Conference in 2016.
  • “Robotics in Rehabilitation Medicine: Prosthetics, Exoskeletons, All Else in Rehabilitation Medicine”
      • Book chapter which appeared in the book “Robotics in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation” edited by D. Murphy and published by Elsevier in 2022.


Administration Office

500 N Kobayashi Rd, Ste A
Webster, TX 77598

Treatments Offered

  • Stroke
  • Post-hip fractures
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Arthritis
  • Low back pain

Education and Certification

Medical School

  • Medical Doctor (M.D.) – University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    • DiMare Scholar


  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency – University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston

Accepted Insurances