Michael Boninger-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Michael Boninger

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Pittsburgh
Kaufmann Medical Bldg 201
boninger @ pitt.edu

Michael L. Boninger, MD is a professor and chair of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation and Associate Dean for Medical Student Research in the School of Medicine. He also works as a physician researcher for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Boninger graduated from Ohio State University with both a medical doctorate and a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received his specialty training in Physical medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan. Dr. Boninger is the director of the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (UPMC-SCI), funded by the National Institutes for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. In addition, he also serves as the Medical Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, a Department of Veterans Affairs Center of Excellence. He is Executive Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center?s Center for Assistive Technology.

Dr. Boninger has over 80 peer-reviewed journal publications and numerous book chapters and extended abstracts. He has lectured internationally on biomechanics of repetitive strain injury, assistive technology and wheelchair propulsion. He also holds three U.S. patents. In 2003 Dr. Boninger was elected as a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE). In 2002 Dr. Boninger was honored with the Pittsburgh Business Times Health Care Hero Award for Innovation and Research. Under his supervision, medical students, residents and graduate students have won over 30 national research awards. Dr. Boninger serves on the editorial board of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.
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"As a physician and engineer, I understand the myriad of problems associated with aging and disability as well as the limitless capabilities of advanced engineering technologies. My interactions with patients needing help, drive me to work to improve their quality of life. After practicing medicine for 15 years, I believe that technologies that improve quality of life are frequently the single most important intervention I have to offer my patients."