Dr. Michael Boninger is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. He has joint appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute as well as the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine. He is also a physician researcher for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He is Senior Medical Director for Post-Acute Care for the Health Services Division of UPMC and President of UPMC Innovative Homecare Solutions (UIHS). IHS is a not-for-profit UPMC company designed to implement innovative post-acute and community-based programs that provide high-value care while improving the patient experience. UIHS works within the UPMC integrated delivery and finance system structure with the goal of transforming clinical care and creating new community-based programs to better serve our patients.
Dr. Boninger earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and his medical degree at Ohio State University. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan Medical Center, where he became the chief resident. He came to the University of Pittsburgh when he won a postdoctoral fellowship in engineering and rehabilitation technology in 1994.
Dr. Boninger has an extensive publication record of over 250 peer-reviewed papers and has receive substantial funding from numerous agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. His central research 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 and served as Associate Dean for Medical Student Research in the School of Medicine for a number of years. Dr. Boninger’s students have won over 50 national awards. Dr. Boninger holds 4 United States patents and has received numerous honors, including being inducted into the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Science.
View a list of Dr. Boninger’s publications here.