Program Highlights

Resident Accomplishments
Faculty Accomplishments
Model Center in Spinal Cord Injury
Specialty Learning Tracks


Leadership positions in national organizations – AAMC Organization of Resident Representatives, AAPM&R Resident Physician Council, AAPM&R Medical Education Committee, ACGME PM&R Residency Review Committee, AOCPM&R Council

Award winning papers and conference presentations – AAP Electrode Store Best Paper Award; AAP Ernest W. Johnson Excellence in Research Writing Award; UPMC Rehabilitation Institute Research Day Best Paper award


Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for basic and clinical research and care. The following are just a few of the organizations they are involved in and awards they have received.

Leadership positions in national organizations – Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPMR), American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Award Winning Research – AAP PASSOR Award, AAP Jahnigen Award, Breakthrough Award:Popular Mechanics, Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame, VA Stars and Stripes Healthcare Network Award, Science Magazine Top 10 to top of pageScience Breakthroughs

AAP Young Academicians Award - Michael Boninger, MD, Amy Wagner, MD, Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD, Brad Dicianno, MD, MS, and Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH

Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP) Fellow - Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD, Brad Dicianno, MD, MS, Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH

Best Doctors in America 2018 - Michael Boninger, MD, Leonard Cabacungan, MD, Alan Chu, MD, Megan Cortazzo, MD, Kerry DeLuca, MD, Gary Galang, MD, Amanda Harrington, MD, Wendy Helkowski, MD, Eric Helm, MD, Maryanne Henderson, DO, John Horton III, MD, Betty Liu, MD, Michael Munin, MD, Jennifer Shen, MD, Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD



Residents received specialized training in the treatment and management of such conditions as spasticity, motor control, neurogenic bowel and bladder, and sexual dysfunction associated with SCI.

Centers are designated Model Systems of Care through multiyear grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) providing trainees exposure to the latest in research, education, and clinical care.

Visit our site pages on SCI Model System Research for more information about these important programs.

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UPMC PM&R Administrative Leadership Track

This track promotes leadership development for residents interested in pursuing careers in healthcare administration. The track features complement the courses already available in our training program.

Track Features:
PGY-3 Orientation: 5 protected two-hour blocks during the first 3 months of PGY-3 to establish leadership fundamentals and initial project development
One month Administrative Rotation in PGY-4.
Protected time for participation in UPMC Rehabilitation and System meetings
A mentored longitudinal administrative project

UPMC PM&R Research Track

The goal of this program is to promote research development for residents interested in pursuing research as a part of an academic career. This track will compliment other resident research experiences already offered as a part of our training program.

Track Features:
One month research rotations in each training year
Protected half days for research time
Mentorship from experienced research faculty
Funding for presenting research at national conferences

Resident Retreat is an annual gathering, away from research and clinical responsibilities, for brainstorming, recharging, and evaluating the program.

Taking time for fun and relaxation is necessary for revitalizing our residents. Our annual bowling outing is just one event sponsored by the program to do just that.

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