McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Michael Boninger, MD, professor and chair of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's department of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute, was selected by the faculty of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-New Jersey Medical School to receive the 2011 New Jersey Medical School PM&R Teaching Award.
Dr. Boninger is a renowned researcher in spinal cord injury and assistive technology. 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 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.
The mission of the Department of PM&R at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and The University Hospital is to maximize the capacity of individuals with physical disability so as to resume their life roles through excellence in patient care, education, research, and community service.