Michael L. Boninger, MD

Dr. Michael Boninger is the UPMC Endowed Chair and Professor with Tenure in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh. Also in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, he is the Senior Associate Medical Director, Human Engineering Research Laboratories. In addition, he is the Director of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and the Chair of the Council of Clinical Chairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Boninger received his BS in Mechanical Engineering as well as his MD from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. From 1989 through 1994, he completed his post-graduate training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Boninger is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Spinal Cord Injury Association, and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. In 2012, Dr. Boninger received several honors, namely, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine, given the Breakthrough Award for Brain Computer Interface Research by Popular Mechanics, and presented with the Distinguished Mentor Award, Institute for Clinical Research Education, University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Boninger has an extensive publication record of over 200 published papers and over 200 proceedings papers spanning 20 years in the area of spinal cord injury, regenerative medicine, and assistive technology. Dr. Boninger also has extensive experience and publications related to teaching research. Dr. Boninger holds 4 US patents. His current research interests include research education, bioengineering of assistive technology, neuroprosthetics, wheelchair propulsion biomechanics, secondary disabilities in wheelchair users, and regenerative rehabilitation.

View a list of Dr. Boningerís publications here.


Dr. Michael L. Boninger
Phone: (412) 648-6979
Email: boninger@pitt.edu