Navigate Up

UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Senior Director
Telephone: 412-586-9771

Patients and medical professionals may call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762) for more information.




Michael Boninger, M.D.

Michael Boninger, M.D.

University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

Awards and Accolades: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Announce Faculty, Staff Achievements

PITTSBURGH, December 19, 2006 — The faculty, staff and students of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences are often recognized by academic and scientific societies and other prestigious organizations for their significant achievements and exceptional leadership. Among those whose work has recently been acknowledged with awards and accolades are the following:

  • Michael Boninger, M.D., professor and vice chair for research in the School of Medicine’s department of physical medicine and rehabilitation , has been inducted into the National Spinal Cord Injury Association’s Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Boninger, who also is associate dean for medical student research at the medical school, has done extensive research on the prevention of pain and injury in wheelchair users. He was selected for this honor based on his contributions to enhancing the quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injuries.
  • The American College of Physicians’ Pennsylvania Chapter has selected Roberta Ness, M.D., M.P.H., to receive its PA Chapter Laureate Award. The award honors college masters, fellows and members who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in medical care, education and research, or who have provided service to their communities, chapters and the college. Dr. Ness, who is the chair of the epidemiology department in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, was recognized for her contributions to women’s health as well as work related to women internists.
  • Marina Posvar, coordinator of the patient navigator program at the Hillman Cancer Center, received a Cancer Control Merit Award from the American Cancer Society (ACS) for her efforts to advocate for continued funding for cancer research, mammography screening and clinical breast exams for low income and uninsured women. She served as an ambassador for the ACS, working with elected officials to advocate for cancer survivors. Ms. Posvar received the ACS award in addition to a Bronze Cancer Control Impact Award for Improving Quality of Life at the 18th Annual Cancer Survivors Conference.
  • Thomas Kleyman, M.D., chief of the renal-electrolyte division and professor of medicine and of cell biology and physiology at the School of Medicine, has been selected as the next editor of the American Journal of Physiology: Renal Physiology. Dr. Kleyman will take over the editor post for a three-year term that begins July 1, 2007.
  • The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine received Excellence in Organization Activity recognition from Achieva, a non-profit organization within a family of organizations that collectively comprises western Pennsylvania’s largest provider of comprehensive services and support for persons with disabilities and their families. The School of Dental Medicine was chosen for the honor specifically for its commitment to the special oral health care needs of people with disabilities demonstrated through its operation of a special-needs dental clinic. The dental school also integrates students in a rotation in the special-needs clinic that prepares future dental hygienists, general dentists and dental specialists to treat individuals with disabilities as part of general community practice.

The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences include the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Graduate School of Public Health. The schools serve as the academic partner to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Together, their combined mission is to train tomorrow’s health care specialists and biomedical scientists, engage in groundbreaking research that will advance understanding of the causes and treatments of disease and participate in the delivery of outstanding patient care. For fiscal year 2005, Pitt and its institutional affiliates ranked seventh nationally among educational institutions in grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to preliminary data.

For more information about these awards or the Schools of the Health Sciences, please contact Susan Manko at 412-647-3555.

UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Supplemental content provided by Healthwise, Incorporated. To learn more, visit

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA |