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.


2nd Annual Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Conference

May 14, 2016
UPMC Mercy
Sr. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium

between 7:00a and 7:45a

See the PM&R Events page for links conference handouts and brochure.

Registration CLOSED
No registrations accepted at event

12th Annual Rehabilitation Institute Research Day

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
8:00am - 1:30pm
Wm Pitt Student Union Ballroom

go to the RIR Day web page for more information

Frontiers in Rehabilitative & Regenerative Medicine Advanced Training Course

June 6-10, 2016
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

A week-long immersive training program in comprehensive and sophisticated state-of-the-art methods on bioengineering, cellular, molecular and genetic approaches for advancing the Frontiers in Rehabilitative and Regenerative Medicine for rectifying Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Conference and registration information available here.

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


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.


April-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

February 2016
Michael Boninger, MD, professor and PMR chair, is named the 2016 Distinguished Academician by the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP).

Tracy Knippel, MD, 3rd year resident is awarded the AAP Electrode Store Best Paper for "Ten year trends in pediatric inpatient rehabilitation: predicting length of stay and rehabilitation outcomes using WeeFIM data."

more News...


May 25-26, 2016

"Rehabilitation Research at NIH: Moving the Field Forward"

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
Michael L. Boninger presenting

3rd Wednesday each month
Panther Rehab Rounds

more Events...


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 (www.ar3t.pitt.edu) to learn more about our initiatives and programs.