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Dr. Luz Viviana Tastard

Dr. Luz Viviana Tastard

Dr. Luz TastardAttending Physician
Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke Program

Luz Viviana Tastard, M.D., returned to TIRR Memorial Hermann to treat brain injury and dual-diagnosis patients following her appointment as an attending medical physician at the prestigious regional rehabilitation facility at Sunnaas Hospital in Nesoddtangen, Norway, in their spinal cord injury unit.

A diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, she received her medical degree at National University in Bogotá, Colombia. She completed her medical residencies at Bogotá's National University, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance of the Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She completed a second postdoctoral fellowship in spinal cord injury within the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance.

Dr. Tastard's research experience includes treatment of chronic neuropathic pain in patients with spinal cord injury and the incidence of dysphagia and/or dysphonia in patients with acute cervical spinal cord injury and correlation with treatment interventions. Other research experience includes the design of a rehabilitation management protocol for children with neuromuscular diseases. Her research has been published and presented at various medical conferences. Dr. Tastard is board certified in spinal cord injury medicine.


  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Dual diagnosis injuries - brain injury/spinal cord injury
  • Stroke care
  • Aneurysm care
  • Brain tumor
  • Anoxic brain injury

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