The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine welcomes new affiliated faculty member Allison Bean, MD, PhD.
Dr. Bean is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
After receiving a BS in Bioengineering from Rice University, Houston, TX, Dr. Bean continued her studies at the University of Pittsburgh, obtaining a PhD in Bioengineering in 2013 followed by a MD in 2015. Her postgraduate work continued with a preliminary medicine internship at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. She then completed a sports medicine fellowship in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Bean is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Bean’s research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of musculoskeletal tissue injury and repair, using this knowledge to guide the development of novel regenerative rehabilitation therapies to improve physical function. She is particularly interested in how sex and aging influence disease and recovery in musculoskeletal disorders such as skeletal muscle and tendon injury. Her work is currently funded by the University of Pittsburgh KL2 scholars program, as well as the Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research and Training.
Dr. Bean’s clinical practice focuses on non-surgical treatment of sports injuries, including joint, tendon, and ligament disorders. She specializes in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnostic and interventional applications including administration of orthobiologics (e.g., platelet-rich plasma and dextrose prolotherapy).
She is a member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (Research Committee Member), American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and the Orthopedic Research Society. Dr. Bean is an Editorial Board Member and Co-Editor Resident Fellow Section for the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.