Brad Dicianno, MD

  • Professor
  • Director, Medical Student Education
  • Vice Chair for Research
  • Pronouns: he/him/his

Dr. Dicianno is the Medical Director of the UPMC Center for Assistive Technology, Director of the UPMC Adult Spina Bifida Clinic, Medical Director and COO of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL). He also is a Professor, Endowed Research Chair, and Assistant Dean for Medical Student Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His clinical interests are in the areas of spina bifida and assistive technology. 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). 

Board Certifications
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Research and Clinical Interests: Spina bifida, wheelchair prescription and technology, adaptive sports, telemedicine, virtual reality, preventative care programs

Dr. Dicianno's publications are indexed on PubMed

Why are diversity and inclusion important to me? I am a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in the Dept. of PM&R because I believe strongly in promoting all aspects of diversity and inclusion. My clinical and research interests include promoting value and equity and reducing barriers in care for those with disabilities. I am also a member of Pride Health. I feel that diversity and inclusion initiatives are especially important for people at the intersection of two minority groups, such as those with disabilities who also identify as LGBTQIA+.

Education & Training

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