Brad Dicianno, MD, MS
Associate Professor

Brad Dicianno, MD is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His clinical interests are in the areas of spina bifida and assistive technology. He is the Medical Director of the UPMC Center for Assistive Technology and the Director of the UPMC Adult Spina Bifida Clinic.

His research interests focus on developing and studying interventions targeted to improving health and wellness in individuals with complex disabilities (such as wheelchairs, mobile health, and preventative care programs). He is the Medical Director and COO of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories ( and Medical Director of the VA Center of Excellence on Wheelchairs and Associated Rehabilitation Engineering. Dr. Dicianno graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed residency in PM&R at UPMC. He then completed an NIH fellowship within the Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program and also obtained a Masters Degree in Bioengineering.


Specialized Areas of Interest
Spina bifida, wheelchair prescription and technology, adaptive sports, telemedicine, virtual reality, and preventative care programs

Board Certifications
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education & Training
BS, Ecology & Evolution, University of Pittsburgh, 1997
BA, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, 1997
MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2001
PM&R Residency, UPMC, 2005
MS, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2008

Honors and Awards
Innovator Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
Spina Bifida Research Award, 2nd World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care, 2012
Young Academician, Association of Academic Physiatrists, 2011
Electrode Store Best Paper, Faculty Division, Association of Academic Physiatrists, 2008

Professional Organization Membership
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
Association of Academic Physiatrists
Spina Bifida Association
Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania