Michael L. Boninger, MD

Director of UPMC Rehabilitation Institute
Medical Director of Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Professor of Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Michael Boninger is a Professor and UPMC Endowed Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine and Director of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute. He is a physician researcher for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and is the Medical Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, a VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence. Dr. Boninger has an extensive publication record of over 200 papers in the areas of spinal cord injury and technology. The technologies Dr. Boninger has investigated vary from brain computer interfaces to wheelchairs. His central focus is on enabling increased function and participation for individuals with disabilities through development and application of assistive, rehabilitative and regenerative technologies. Dr. Boninger also has extensive experience and publications related to training researchers. His students have won over 50 national awards. Dr. Boninger holds 4 United States patents and has received numerous honors, including being inducted into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science in 2013.

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