November 18, 1964, Richard Kaplan, then 17 years young, began his path. His neck was broken and his spinal cord severely damaged in a car accident that left both of his arms and legs paralyzed. After months of grueling physical therapy sessions, he left Magee Rehab without the aid of a wheelchair or braces. He stated: “My personal experience really led me to my calling.”
Dr. Kaplan graduated from Hahnemann University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He went into private practice in Center City in 1984 and was the founder of Richard H. Kaplan, M.D., P.C.
Kaplan passed away in 2017, but the practice that bears his name lives on, with his son Benjamin Kaplan MD and Randall Smith MD currently caring for people with injuries and providing therapy and pain management for accident victims.