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Michael  Boninger, MD

  • ​Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
  • Senior Medical Director, Post-Acute Care for the Health Service Division of UPMC
  • Vice President for Medical Affairs for Community Provider Services

Michael Boninger, MD, a renowned researcher in spinal cord injury and assistive technology, is Senior Medical Director, Post-Acute Care for the Health Service Division of UPMC, and Vice President for Medical Affairs for Community Provider Services.

The author of five U.S. patents, Dr. Boninger is recognized for his extensive research on spinal cord injury, assistive technology and overuse injuries, particularly those associated with manual wheelchair propulsion. He currently receives research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Dr. Boninger also is director of Pitt’s Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury and Senior Associate Medical Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), a joint venture among UPMC, the University of Pittsburgh and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, and designated a “Center of Excellence for Wheelchairs and Related Technology” by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Boninger holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology, Clinical Translational Science Institute, and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He is also a physician researcher for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

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