Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, Physical Medicine/Rehab, Pittsburgh, PA, UPMC Presbyterian

GwendolynAnnSowaMDPhD

Physical Medicine/Rehab Pittsburgh, PA

Professor and Chair, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University Pittsburgh Medical Center

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Summary

  • I am a board certified physiatrist and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UPMC. My current research interests include the biology of intervertebral disc degeneration and methods of treatment, including motion based therapies, and investigations into the inflammatory pathways and mechanobiology of musculoskeletal tissues. Additionally, I'm also interested in the examination of the utility of serum biomarkers as markers of disease activity and mechanism in patients with degenerative diseases.

Education & Training

  • Rehabilitation Institute of ChicagoResidency, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2001 - 2004
  • Aurora Health CareInternship, Transitional Year, 2000 - 2001
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public HealthClass of 2000, M.D.
  • University of Wisconsin Ph.D., Biochemistry, 1993 - 1997

Certifications & Licensure

  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 2005 - 2022
  • OH State Medical License
    OH State Medical License 2004 - 2006
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Regional Top Doctor Castle Connolly, 2014
  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification EpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation, 2011

Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations

PubMed

Press Mentions

  • UPMC Announces Start of Construction for $400M Vision and Rehabilitation Facility
    UPMC Announces Start of Construction for $400M Vision and Rehabilitation FacilityMarch 14th, 2019
  • Regenerative Rehabilitation and Genomics: Frontiers in Clinical Practice
    Regenerative Rehabilitation and Genomics: Frontiers in Clinical PracticeApril 10th, 2016
  • Computer Simulation Predicts Development, Progress of Pressure Sores
    Computer Simulation Predicts Development, Progress of Pressure SoresJune 25th, 2015
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Grant Support

  • Alternative Treatments For DISC Degeneration: Effects On Matrix HomeostasisNational Center For Complementary &Alternative Medicine2009–2012
  • Investigation Into The Mechanism Of Symptom Relief With Forward Flexion In OlderNational Institute On Aging2009
  • Interaction Of Mechanical And Inflammatory Signals In DISC Matrix PreservationNational Institute Of Arthritis And Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases2008–2009

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