3rd Annual

APRIL 29, 2017
UPMC Mercy
Ferdinand Clark Auditorium

7th Annual Current Concepts in Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference

Conference handouts are available until December 1, 2017

Brain Injury Medicine: (ACGME #3474134001)
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine: (ACGME #3464131017)
Spinal Cord Medicine: (ACGME #3454113017)
Sports Medicine: (ACGME #3424134013)


UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, 2015 Annual Report

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine provides physician services to UPMC Rehabilitation Institute throughout the UPMC health system.

Our Mission

To maximize the health, function and well-being of the people and populations we serve by providing the highest quality rehabilitative medical care, conducting highly relevant, cutting-edge research, and training the next generation of clinicians and researchers.


November 2016
Shanti Pinto, MD, Brain Injury Medicine Fellow, will receive the Association of Academic Physiatrists' Best Paper Award for “Cost-Efficacy Analysis of Routine Venous Doppler Ultrasound for Diagnosis of Deep Venous Thrombosis at Admission to Inpatient Rehabilitation.” The award recognizes and seeks to encourage young researchers, while strengthening all investigation in the field of PM&R

Joshua Rothenberg, DO, Sports Medicine Fellow, has been awarded the McLean Outstanding Fellow Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The award recognizes an AAP member Fellow for outstanding academic performance in academic leadership, teaching and education, and research. Dr. Rothenberg will receive the award during the AAP Annusl Meeting in February 2017.

October 2016
President Barack Obama on Thursday, October 13, shook hands and fist bumped with Nathan Copeland who was using a mind-controlled robotic arm. "Today he can move that arm just by thinking about it. He can once again feel the touch of another person," said Obama, commenting on groundbreaking research from the department of PM&R. Go to YouTube

July 2016
Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH will has been awarded the 2016 Outstanding Council Service Award – Pediatric Rehabilitation/ Developmental Disabilities Council at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation on October 22nd ...more

May 2016
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has chosen one of its own renowned faculty members to be the next chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). Gwendolyn Sowa, M.D., Ph.D., who will assume her new role July 1, also holds joint appointments in the School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Bioengineering. She also serves as associate dean for medical student research and medical director of UPMC Total Care-Musculoskeletal Health...more

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3rd Wednesday each month
Panther Rehab Rounds

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Our physicians and scientists in both clinical and research settings have presented several podcasts and presentation on various PM&R subjects. Discover what people are talking about.

Research and Training Websites

The Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research & Training is committed to accelerating progress in this emerging field using a network of national expertise to support research collaborations, education and technology development. Visit our website ( to learn more about our initiatives and programs.