Michael Boninger, MD Director and Principal Investigator



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Michael L. Boninger, MD is professor and chair in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Director of UPMC Rehabilitation Institute. He also serves as medical director of Human Engineering Research Laboratories and holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology and Bioengineering. Dr. Boninger is also the director of the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury, a National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence. Dr. Boninger has an extensive publication record of over 20 book chapters and 174 published papers spanning 18 years in the areas of spinal cord injury and assistive technology. He is the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP), a $6 million grant providing training funds for clinician researchers across the country, and serves as the president of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. Dr. Boninger holds 4 US patents, was inducted in the National Spinal Cord Injury Association Hall of Fame in 2006, and has won numerous awards including the 2011 A. Estin Comarr Award from the Academy of Spinal Cord Professionals. In 2012, Dr. Boninger was elected to the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Boninger’s students have also won over 45 national awards.